Proposed Medicaid cuts draw opposition in Maine


AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Activists are gathering at the Maine State House to protest proposed budget reductions that would eliminate health insurance coverage for 28,000 Mainers that are being reviewed by a legislative committee.

The AARP, organized labor and health care groups gathered in the State House on Wednesday to speak out against the cuts that result from a revenue shortfall.

Gov. Paul LePage’s budget calls for elimination of Medicaid coverage for childless adults and parents whose income exceeds 133 percent of the federal poverty level. That amounts to $24,645 a year for a family of three. Low-income advocates say those cuts would jeopardize Maine’s economic recovery.

AARP’s Dick Farnsworth said other proposed cuts would result in a loss of access to Medicare Parts B and D for up to 48,000 Mainers.