Hospital debt irks Maine GOP gov candidate

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage plans to attend a rally at a Maine hospital to draw attention to the state's debt to hospitals for payments for Medicaid services.

LePage is to attend a noon rally at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston and gatherings are also scheduled at hospitals in Sanford, Augusta, Bangor and Presque Isle. LePage says the rallies draw attention to financial burdens Maine hospitals are absorbing because of unpaid reimbursements for MaineCare, the state's Medicare program, totaling nearly $400 million.

Democrats acknowledge the debt to the hospitals, but say they started piling up before Gov. John Baldaccci took office in 2003. Democrats also say a repayment schedule's in place and the latest two-year state budget includes $132 million in hospital settlement payments.

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The only reason that bill was

The only reason that bill was paid was a result of the federal stimulus money. Augusta has not paid anymore since, and the debt is now back to 2007. Can anyone name any other business that is required to take care of "customers" without any idea of when they will get paid for services rendered. This is federal law if the hospital accepts medicare/medicaid dollars. No one can be turned away.

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Ron, no offense but exactly

Ron, no offense but exactly who do you think pays for all that soft campaign money..yeah, me! They then raise the pricing for services and I'm forced to pay it wither out of pocket or through higher premiums for healthcare, so excuse me if I get a bit upset about how they waste money! And they are cost based reimbursed by the state,. so it technically is the states business.....

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Not related

The State's refusal to pay the debt it owes the hospitals has nothing to do with the hospitals operations. The State used a service provided by the hospitals and in doing so generated a debt to them; it should pay the bill. What hospitals do with their revenues has nothing to do with the State ordering a service from them and is none of the State's business.

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It will be a big mistake if

It will be a big mistake if Mr. LePage blames the state for the hospital crisis...while they are not paid for some services, thats simply one SYMPTOM of whats wrong at Maine Hospitals and a target they have used to get attention without anyone asking about the other problems they have....ask how much CMMC spent to CAMPAIGN for a new cardiac center (not building, just campaigning beforehand) or how much MMC spent unsuccessfully to defeat it...ask about all the unfilled beds (bad business climate means less people working and having insurance and those who do have less coverage or higher deductibles), ask about the change from overnight stays to day stays....hospitals in Maine have been slow to react and change based on the new face of health care and for them health care reimbursement. His blaimng the state does nothing but rally those who supported him already and is done in hopes of attracting voters unhappy with our states financial problems, but its simply not the disease, its a symptom of a greater problem. CMMC & St, Mary;s are both cutting benefits and reducing staffing, not because of Mainecare, but because of declining census...

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Seven years of back payments

Seven years of back payments due to the hospitals. Sounds about right for a state run by Democrats.


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