AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Advocates for low-income Mainers are releasing a report which they say documents benefits to patients, caregivers, businesses, taxpayers and the Maine economy if the state decides to expand Medicaid with funds through the national health care law.
Maine Equal Justice Partners and the Maine Center for Economic Policy are releasing the report Tuesday at a State House news conference. Representatives of Maine's health care industry and small businesses were also expected to comment on the report.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provides states with 100 percent of the funds needed to expand Medicaid services for three years, and 90 percent in the fourth year.
Democrats support the plan, but Gov. Paul LePage has expressed reluctance to expand Medicaid. But he has not closed the door to the idea.
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