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Maine Considering Major Medicaid Cuts

Maine’s governor has proposed cutting 65,000 people from the state’s Medicaid rolls as part of an effort to close a $220 million hole in the state’s biennial Medicaid budget.

In addition, Governor Paul LePage has proposed reducing payments to doctors and hospitals, imposing new limits on prescription drug coverage, and eliminating dental care, physical therapy, and chiropractic services.

The attempt to reduce the state’s Medicaid rolls – currently around 360,000 people – may run into legal obstacles:  the Affordable Care Act calls for states to maintain their current eligibility criteria until 2014.

Read about the Maine proposal in this Stateline reportiStock_000014445371XSmall.

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