Maine nursing homes to get an additional $14M

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's roughly 100 nursing homes will get an additional $14.1 million in funding this year.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage announced Thursday that his administration is moving forward with a plan that doesn't require the Legislature's approval after weeks of wrangling with Democrats over funding for the facilities.

The funds are on top of $12.3 million in combined state and federal dollars the Legislature approved last session. LePage said that wasn't enough and urged lawmakers to return to reconsider a $5 million bill to boost their funding.

Since then, two nursing homes have announced that they will close due to financial problems.

LePage's new plan uses $4.6 million in savings from the Department of Health and Human Services and $9.5 in federal dollars to aid the facilities.

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