Two of three Dirigo Health board nominees confirmed

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine Senate has confirmed two of three of Gov. Paul LePage's nominees for the Dirigo Health program's board of trustees.

Senators voted Thursday to confirm Wes Richardson of Warren and Gerry Reed of Falmouth, both former Republican lawmakers, to the board.

However, it sent back to the Insurance and Financial Services Committee the nomination of Jonathan McKane, a longtime critic of Dirigo Health.

The committee voted 8-5 on Tuesday against McKane, but senators agreed to give him a chance to respond to some of the assertions made during his hearing. McKane is a former Republican state representative from Newcastle.

LePage says that if legislators don't want to approve McKane, he'll keep that seat on the nine-member Dirigo board vacant.

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