Maine Medicaid expansion on hold until at least July, judge rules

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PORTLAND, Maine (WMTW) The chief justice of the Maine Supreme Court has agreed to stay a lower court order requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to implement a plan for expanding Medicaid.

Arguments have been set for July 18 at 1:30 p.m. in Portland.

Earlier this month, a judge ordered the LePage administration to start the process of expanding Medicaid to 70,000 Mainers.

DHHS had until June 11 to submit the plan to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, but failed to meet the deadline.

Maine voters approved expanding Medicaid in a statewide referendum last year.

The LePage administration had argued that it could not expand Medicaid until the Legislature appropriates money for the expansion.

Supporters have said that the money is there for Maine to expand the program.