PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on Medicaid expansion in Maine (all times local):


2:30 p.m.

Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon says the LePage administration must heed a court decision and stop blocking voter-approved Medicaid expansion.

A Thursday opinion by Maine's top court keeps alive a legal order requiring Maine to file paperwork to seek federal funding for expansion. But the court declined to weigh in on the Medicaid expansion law's constitutionality.

Gideon tweeted thousands of Mainers can't afford to wait any longer for health care.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage's spokesman says the decision doesn't address constitutional issues, including whether lawmakers must pass a law appropriating money for Maine's share of Medicaid expansion.

Some Democrats argued that Maine has enough Medicaid funds for expansion's first year. LePage vetoed a bill setting aside surplus and tobacco settlement funds.


11:47 a.m.

Maine's top court has ordered Maine to roll out voter-approved Medicaid expansion as a legal battle continues.

The Thursday opinion dismissed the LePage administration's appeal of court orders requiring Maine to file paperwork to seek federal funding for expansion. The justices said those orders are in effect.

Nearly three out of five Mainers last November voted to allow adults under age 65 with incomes at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty line to apply for Medicaid coverage starting July 2.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage has said he'd rather go to jail than jeopardize Maine's finances by expanding Medicaid.

The LePage administration didn't immediately respond to request for comment.

Advocacy group Maine Equal Justice Partner and LePage administration lawyer Patrick Strawbridge both said they are reviewing the opinion.