LePage to veto Maine hospital repayment bill

10:49 AM, May 22, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Gov. Paul LePage's office says he will veto a bill moving through the Legislature to pay off a $484 million debt to Maine hospitals because of an amendment Democrats attached to it that would expand Medicaid.

LePage spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett said Wednesday that she would anticipate a veto if the bill, in its present form, is sent to the governor. LePage and other Republicans say the bill was rammed through by the Democratic majority with an amendment to expand Medicaid services without sufficient review of that move.

The Republicans want the issues of repaying the hospitals - a top priority of LePage - considered separately from Medicaid expansion.

The House and Senate both voted Tuesday to approve the hospital bill. Final votes are pending in both chambers.

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