Advocates sue over Maine Medicaid cuts

6:27 PM, Feb 21, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - An advocacy group for low-income Mainers is joining two other groups that are suing over Medicaid cuts made by the state.

Maine Equal Justice Partners, along with the National Health Law Program and the Center for Medicare Advocacy, has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of five Maine residents whose health care coverage through Medicaid will be terminated.

The federal suit seeks a temporary restraining order to prevent the cuts from taking place as scheduled on March 1 and also asks the court to qualify the lawsuit as a class action. The suit says that by cutting eligibility standards, benefits for disabled people and low-income seniors were reduced illegally.

Gov. Paul LePage says the state cannot afford all of its Medicaid expenses.

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