The Coastal Packet: LePage making it harder for Mainers to get Medicaid

Saturday, August 5

LePage making it harder for Mainers to get Medicaid

Maine Public Broadcasting - People who receive MaineCare — the state’s version of Medicaid — may soon have to work and pay monthly premiums in order to get benefits. Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services officially filed an application this week to the federal government to make those changes. Critics say Maine’s plan would erect barriers to health care that will drive up costs for everyone. If DHHS’s waiver application is approved, people who receive MaineCare would be required to work 20 hours a week, pay monthly premiums and chip in $10 if they go to an emergency department for a non-emergency issue.

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