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DHHS scales back LePage's Medicaid cuts

6:54 PM, Jan 8, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has rejected Gov. Paul LePage's plans to cut health care coverage for more than 20,000 low-income Mainers.

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius denied the governor's request to lower the income threshold for Maine parents and to drop coverage for 19- and 20-year-olds altogether.

The former Republican-controlled Legislature voted to eliminate coverage for parents with incomes from 100 percent to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, along with 19- and 20-year-olds and seniors and disabled people in the Medicare Savings Program. The projected savings were $20 million.

In a letter, Sebelius did grant permission to reduce coverage under the Medicare Savings Program and for parents making between 133 percent and 150 percent of the poverty level.

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