Baldacci Says MaineCare Math is Flawed 

The financial status of Maine’s Medicaid program has drawn new cries of alarm from Republican lawmakers. But Gov. John Baldacci’s budget chief says the GOP math is flawed.The Legislature’s top Republican leaders, backed up by prominent House and Senate colleagues, issued a joint blast late Friday accusing the Baldacci administration of seeking to bury news that the state MaineCare program – as Medicaid in Maine is known – faces a $235 million shortfall through June 30.Commissioner Ryan Low of the state Department of Administrative and Financial Services said Saturday the General Fund shortfall was $65 million. He said the figure of $235 million would represent not only the state’s portion but the federal share of the jointly funded health care program.