Local Lawmakers Push Medicaid Expansion Plan 

Catherine Pegram

Some local political leaders are working with the White House to push for expanding Medicaid in Maine.

State Representative Linda Sanborn and Portland Mayor Michael Brennan teamed up with the deputy press secretary from the Obama administration for a telephone conference with the media Monday.

They say allowing more Mainers access to Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act will help 70,000 people in the state.

The plan was championed by Democrats in the last legislative session but vetoed by the governor, who says it will cost the state more money in the long run.

Sanborn disagrees, saying “Maine is one of ten states expected to have a net savings by participating in expansion. Maine would save $690-million over the next decade, according to the non-partisan Kaiser Foundation and the conservative Heritage Foundation.”

Lawmakers are already set to take up the Medicaid expansion measure again in January.