Judge orders LePage administration to start Medicaid expansion

Judge orders LePage administration to start Medicaid expansion

Murphy point by point rejected arguments put forward by the LePage administration explaining why it had not submitted plans with the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services within 90 days of the November 7 referendum vote approving Medicaid expansion, which was intended provide health care coverage to an estimated 70,000 low-income Mainers starting July 2. The federal government hasn't signaled whether it'll approve it.

In November, 59 percent of voters approved Medicaid expansion, making ME the first state to expand the program through a citizen-initiated referendum.

But LePage continued to oppose it and said he would not implement the expansion until the legislature voted to fund it.

"The governor can not ignore the law", said Robyn Merrill, executive director of Maine Equal Justice Partners, according to The New York Times.

Maine Equal Justice Partners is a civil legal aid organization that represents Maine people with low income in areas of economic security, including access to health care.

However, Murphy's decision could be appealed. A LePage spokeswoman said the governor's office is reviewing Murphy's ruling. "This is the first step on the road to get health care for Mainers who really need it".

The Affordable Care Act gave states the option to allow citizens with income up to 138 percent of the poverty level - $16,642 for an individual, $24,600 for a family of four - to qualify for Medicaid, which is paid for by states and the federal government. Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy disagreed with such arguments in her court order Monday.


"The Court is not persuaded that the executive branch is excused from clear statutory obligations by the legislature's failure to follow through with legislative obligations - as defined by the executive branch", wrote the judge, who was appointed by former Gov. John E. Baldacci in 2007 and re-appointed by Mr. LePage in 2015. "The court concludes that the commissioner's complete failure to act can not be considered substantial compliance with (the referendum vote)". Seventeen states have refused to expand Medicaid coverage under the ACA.

The judge ordered the administration to submit a plan by June 11 updating the terms of its Medicaid program, which was supposed to offer coverage to new enrollees July 2. Last week, state officials announced the measure will be added to the November ballot.

Although LePage did not react to the court decision Monday, he and his allies have acknowledged that Medicaid expansion is law. The governor has always been a staunch opponent of expansion, vetoing legislation five times.

Lawyers for the petitioners have argued that there are already enough funds in the state's Medicaid account to get through the current budget biennium, which ends in June 2019.

This is why it's likelier that Utah will expand Medicaid by ballot box.

This marks the second victory in under a week for Medicaid expansion advocates.

Related News:

  • Facebook denies new data privacy allegations from decade-old device APIs

    Facebook denies new data privacy allegations from decade-old device APIs

    But the report taps into continuing anxiety about the information users give up - and to whom - when they use Facebook. It also found the data of users' friends could be accessed, despite data sharing being turned off.
    Group of 10 senators challenge Trump over tariffs

    Group of 10 senators challenge Trump over tariffs

    Over the weekend, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described Trump's attitude toward trade with his country as "insulting". Corker said that Trump called him on Wednesday to ask him not to continue with his plan to bring this bill to the Senate .
    Google rolls out June 2018 security patch for Pixel and Nexus devices

    Google rolls out June 2018 security patch for Pixel and Nexus devices

    The company partnered with DeepMind to use machine learning to improve battery life; the feature is called Adaptive Battery . But the Android P developer's preview 2 that came out a month ago curiously took away that "Clear all" button.
  • Santa Clara County Voters Recall Judge Persky

    Santa Clara County Voters Recall Judge Persky

    If successful, it would be the first time since 1932 that voters in California opted to recall a sitting justice. Judges should adhere to "the rule of law and not the rule of public opinion", he said.
    Manchester United sign Portuguese defender Dalot from Porto

    Manchester United sign Portuguese defender Dalot from Porto

    The Red Devils have been linked with a surprise swoop to sign the inexperienced FC Porto full-back in the current transfer window. United have needed to strengthen on both flanks, so having a player who can operate on either side is a boost.
    Israel busts terror cell plotting attacks on Netanyahu, other senior officials

    Israel busts terror cell plotting attacks on Netanyahu, other senior officials

    The cell also planned to bring a terrorist into Israel from Jordan to help advance the attacks, according to the ISA. According to the Shin Bet, Rashdeh had previously been incarcerated for "terrorist activities".
  • Bryson DeChambeau survives playoff to win the Memorial Tournament

    Bryson DeChambeau survives playoff to win the Memorial Tournament

    During the second playoff hole, still on the 18th, An hit his tee shot on the fairway but pulled his second shot into the gallery. When the three went back to the par-3 18th, Stanley was the first to blink, committing a bogey, while the two others had pars.
    Jennifer Lawrence has reportedly started dating a NY  art gallery director

    Jennifer Lawrence has reportedly started dating a NY art gallery director

    But they've remained close and she even presented the director of her film, " Mother! ", with an award at BAM last week. Jennifer Lawrence is moving on, according to reports, and has a new boyfriend outside of the web of Hollywood.

    Canadian dollar slips as Trump mulls bilateral NAFTA talks

    The Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment. The British burned down the White House in the War of 1812, when Canada was a British colony.
  • Audi Q8 SUV revealed: first look at new luxury offroad coupe

    Audi Q8 SUV revealed: first look at new luxury offroad coupe

    A total of 39 driver-assistance systems will be available on the Q8, with most bundled together in packs on the options list. The Q8 will get a powered tailgate as standard, and foot gesture control for the system will be available as an option.
    BMW reveals images of 2019 X5 without the camouflage

    BMW reveals images of 2019 X5 without the camouflage

    Called the BMW Live Cockpit Professional display, the digital cluster makes its debut in the X5 and it comes as standard fitment. The LED headlamps are new and come with BMW's laser light tech with adaptive LED signature in the blue X-motif.

    Doctor's remarkable cancer diagnosis from seeing woman on TV

    McGuinness told ABC News that it was "a miracle" that Voigt spotted her problem on television. "But, I'm just so grateful for Dr. Hopefully, McGuinness will be successful in her fight against cancer once again - and her recovery will be all thanks to Dr.


Most liked

President Trump Appealing Ruling That Bars Blocking of Twitter Critics
District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in NY that it will ask the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse her ruling. The Department of Justice initiated the appellate process on Monday, when it officially notified U.S.

Intermittent firing by Pak troops in Akhnoor sector
He added that the provisions of the truce allow India to retaliate if Pakistan initiates unprovoked firing. The state has witnessed a spurt in Pakistani shelling and firing along the IB and the LoC this year.

Firefox tests new Side View, themes editor features
With the extension installed, simply clicking the associated toolbar button will send any tab to Side View. The second new experiment, Side View, lets you see the content of two tabs together side-by-side.

Bayer to strip Monsanto of its name with acquisition this June
The $ 66 billion merger of Monsanto and Bayer means the abandonment of the Monsanto name, Bayer said in a statement Monday. Agriculture is too important to allow ideological differences to bring process to a standstill.

Instagram could start allowing users post hour-long videos
At present, Instagram Stories are limited to a length of 15 seconds with videos in the main feed capped at 60 seconds. Citing people familiar with the matter, the report stated that the social network will focus on vertical video.

Gigi Hadid 'confirms' she's back with Zayn Malik in cute Insta post
Earlier that evening, she was seen with fellow supermodel Lily Aldridge at the New York City premiere of the new film Ocean's 8 . British-Pakistani singer, Zayn, and model Gigi had very publicly announced their break up via social media in March this year.

Michigan Basketball Coach John Beilein Receives Contract Extension
Retaining Beilein is a massive victory for a MI program that has ascended into the Big Ten's upper tier under his leadership. In his college coaching career, he has an overall record of 724-418 and a record of 248-143 since joining MI in 2007.

Study finds that days on Earth are getting longer - here's why
The moon's retreat causes Earth to spin more slowly on its axis, increasing the amount of daily sunlight a given region receives. Earth's movement in space is influenced by the other astronomical bodies that exert force on it, like other planets and the moon.

Gravitational "bumper cars" could put Planet Nine hypothesis on ice
The gravitational interactions among TNOs may also explain another odd event: the extinction of the nonavian dinosaurs about 65 million years ago.

Singapore's foreign minister to visit North Korea ahead of Trump-Kim summit
Kim Jong Un "got back on his hands and knees" and "begged" Donald Trump to reschedule their summit after the president cancelled the meeting, according to the USA leader's lawyer.

Woman Punched Repeatedly by New Jersey Cop Discusses the Arrest
You know, they see one video, one situation, and they're like saying all this negative stuff about a person. Police said that Weinman struck the officer before he tried to handcuff her, something Weinman denies.

Reasons Why Renewed for Season 3
Season 1 was highly controversial due to its depictions of teen suicide, but was nevertheless praised by most critics. Plus, many already believed that Season 2 was stretching things a bit, although it ended around the same point.

J Prince explains why Drake hasn't released his 'fatal' Pusha T reply
J Prince , CEO of Houston-based Rap-a-Lot Records, previously said he encouraged Drake to stop his feud with Pusha and West . As fans probably know by now, Pusha's diss track alleged that Drake has a secret love child.

China rebukes Taiwan president for Tiananmen comments
The MAC issued the call in a statement issued that day ahead of the 29th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Incident on June 4, 1989.

Bill Clinton's lame excuses for bad answers
He even claimed, "I like the #MeToo movement", saying that "it's way overdue", but "it doesn't mean I agree with everything". Clinton added that the original comments didn't represent his "finest hour", but he's since reconsidered his remarks.