Maine Voters Could Expand Health Care To 70,000 People On Election Day

A win on the ballot initiative to expand Medicaid would be a loss for Gov. Paul LePage (R), who vetoed five bills to extend health care to more Mainers.

News Story (Maine)

Jeffrey Young
Huffington Post
November 6, 2017

Tags: Medicaid

Organizations mentioned/involved: Maine Equal Justice Partners (MEJP)


“Too many people lack access to health care, and this provides a solution. It’ll make our health care system more fair, so it’ll increase access to people who are currently going without the health care they need,” said Robyn Merrill, executive director of Maine Equal Justice Partners, a legal aid organization based in the capital city of Augusta. Merrill also is a spokeswoman representing Mainers for Health Care, a broad coalition of organizations that won a place on the ballot for Medicaid expansion.

“We can’t afford to wait any longer, and it’s already just such a shame that we’ve lost out on several billion dollars of new federal funds and the opportunity to cover thousands of people,” Merrill said.