Maine Sues For Right To Drop Low-Income Residents From Medicaid

As Republican governors across the country refuse to expand Medicaid under an Obamacare provision that would extend the program to cover an additional 9.2 million low-income Americans, Gov. Paul LePage (R-ME) is going a step further. Although the Obama administration maintains the Supreme Court ruling on the health care law — which requires states to maintain the same Medicaid eligibility levels as they had in 2010 — does not mean states can tighten their eligibility requirements, Maine filed a lawsuit yesterday seeking to drop coverage for about 26,000 people who are currently eligible for the program. Mayors across Maine are protesting LePage’s proposed Medicaid cuts, which will go into effect on October 1 if the court is on his side.