HEADLINES : Maine
LePage administration files plan for Medicaid cuts with feds; federal permission remains uncertain
AUGUSTA, Maine - The LePage administration Wednesday laid out what it says is a clear-cut legal argument for allowing Maine to make cuts to its Medicaid program despite a provision in the Obama administration's health care reform law that prohibits states from scaling back existing Medicaid services.
Maine's Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday filed paperwork with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requesting approval for Medicaid cuts that Republican lawmakers approved this spring and Gov. Paul LePage signed into law as part of a supplemental budget package.
"We fundamentally believe this is a very straightforward request that is absolutely within the state's prerogative to make," Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew told reporters at a news conference.