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ME GOP Again Upholds Medicaid Expansion Veto

Maine lawmakers overturned 23 of Gov. Paul LePage’s (R) 43 vetoes, but failed to turn back his rejection of startup funding for voter-approved Medicaid expansion in the Pine Tree State.


The successful veto marks the seventh time that LePage has blocked Medicaid expansion. As has often been the case, he did it with the support of conservative Republicans in the House. Although a minority in that chamber, they have had enough votes to prevent expansion supporters from achieving the two-thirds margin needed in both chambers to override the governor’s veto of HB 586.  


Lawmakers also failed to override LePage’s veto of HB 640, which would have made Maine the fourth state to ban gay conversion therapy, a controversial psychotherapy practice that seeks to change sexual orientation of minors. Lawmakers were more successful in securing passage of a bill that will increase reimbursement rates for direct care workers to $11 per hour.


The Medicaid issue is not dead, however. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will hear an appeal to force the governor to file an expansion plan with the federal government. (BANGOR DAILY NEWS, PORTLAND PRESS HERALD)