Maine gov vetoes bill to expand Medicaid coverage

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill to expand Medicaid coverage to about 70,000 residents under the Affordable Care Act.

The Republican governor vetoed the bill Wednesday, citing concerns that it would be too costly for the state.

In his veto letter, LePage said that the expansion "would have a disastrous impact on Maine's budget."

It's the third time LePage has vetoed a bill to expand health care coverage to low-income adults under the federal health care law. Lawmakers failed both attempts to get the support of two-thirds of lawmakers to override those vetoes last session.

Under the measure crafted by two Republican senators, the state would also privatize the Medicaid program through managed care. It was designed to attract GOP votes, but failed to receive many new supporter

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