Maine governor says he’s going to veto Medicaid expansion

Republican Gov. Paul Lepage says he’s going to veto a Medicaid expansion bill. Officials say they expect that to happen soon.

LePage criticized the proposal Friday, saying lawmakers acted in “a fiscally irresponsible manner” by providing a “short-term fix.”

He said he had “no choice but to veto” the bill.

A spokeswoman said Saturday that news media inferred that there had been a veto but she clarified that the veto has yet to take place.

Maine residents voted last fall to expand Medicaid to over 70,000 low-income adults by July 2.

The governor also says he’s vetoing bills to increase reimbursement rates for workers who care for the elderly and disabled in their homes or in nursing homes.

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