Sunday, January 16, 2022


A new survey shows discrimination in medical settings affects quality of care; U.S. Supreme Court rejects vaccine and testing mandates for businesses; and New York moves toward electric school buses.


U.S. House passes a new voting rights bill, setting up a Senate showdown; President Biden announces expanded COVID testing, and Jan. 6 Committee requests an interview with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.


New website profiles missing and murdered Native Americans; more support for young, rural Minnesotans who've traded sex for food, shelter, drugs or alcohol; more communities step up to solve "period poverty;" and find your local gardener - Jan. 29 is National Seed Swap Day.

Maine Healthcare Advocates Sue to Enforce Medicaid Expansion


Wednesday, May 2, 2018   

AUGUSTA, Maine - Supporters of Medicaid expansion in Maine are asking the courts to force Gov, Paul LePage to implement the program approved by voters last year.

LePage vetoed legislative attempts to enact the expansion, which advocates say would help an estimate 70,000 Mainers access health care. So, last year voters took the measure on directly, approving the expansion by a wide margin. But the governor has yet to file a state plan with the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which was due on April 3.

According to Robyn Merrill, executive director of Maine Equal Justice Partners, another deadline is looming.

"The law is clear that people are eligible for coverage under Medicaid expansion as of July 2," she said. "So, on July 2, people will have a right to health care - and they will have legal recourse if they're denied coverage."

LePage has insisted that the Legislature needs to fund the expansion, about $45 million in the first year, without raising taxes or using the state's revenue reserve. However, Merrill said Medicaid expansion would bring significant amounts of money into the state.

"There's a fair amount of federal funding that will come into Maine, over $500 million a year," she said, "and in order to draw down those federal funds, filing the state plan, then, is part of that process."

Under the plan, state residents earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, about $25,000 a year for a family of four, would be eligible for Medicaid.

If the lawsuit filed Monday in State Superior Court is successful, the court could order LePage to implement the expansion. Merrill noted that without coverage, each of the five petitioners in the suit faces delays in getting critical medical care.

"It's not exaggerating to say that it's life or death for some people," she said. "People just can't afford to wait any longer for the health care they need."

More information is online at

get more stories like this via email

Emissions from all buses, cars, and trucks make up 30% of New York City's carbon footprint. (Adobe Stock)


In her 2022 State of the State address, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul set new goals for electrifying the school bus fleets in the state. Clean-energy …

Social Issues

Finding and affording child care is no cakewalk for Oregon families right now. A new report details the pressures and some potential policy fixes…

Social Issues

Acknowledging the pandemic's toll on Kentucky students, teachers and families, Gov. Andy Beshear announced last night a state budget which would make …

Pennsylvania's Public Safety Answering Points process an estimated 14.5 million requests for emergency services every year. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Mobile carriers are starting to decommission their 3G cellular networks this year, some as soon as next month. Pennsylvania officials are reminding …


One hundred years ago today, the Izaak Walton League of America was founded in Chicago, with a mission of local stewardship of wild places, citizen …

Arizona environmental and political leaders are pushing state legislators to pass measures that would move the state's power grid to renewable sources of energy. (andreiorlov/Adobe Stock)


An alliance of environmental groups and lawmakers has released an ambitious, wide-ranging set of goals for the 2022 Arizona Legislature. The …

Social Issues

During Wisconsin's pandemic elections, absentee ballot drop boxes offered a different route for people to cast their votes, but a new decision in …

Social Issues

The road to voting rights for Native Americans has been long, but advocates for indigenous people hope to build on the momentum they've seen in …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021