AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Democratic-led state Senate approved a bill Thursday night to expand health care coverage for 70,000 Maine residents but cut off the state’s participation in the program after three years.
Lawmakers approved a bill to expand Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul by a 23-12 vote. Medicaid is administered as MaineCare in the state.
The measure will now go to Republican Gov. Paul LePage, where it faces a possible veto.
LePage vetoed a more sweeping Medicaid expansion bill last month that included a provision to repay the state’s hospitals for unpaid Medicaid services, one of his top priorities.