AG Mills’ work grew more political after she joined governor’s race. She says Trump is the reason.
On April 3, the deadline for Maine to file its Medicaid expansion plan to the federal government under a law enacted in a 2017 referendum, expansion advocates held a news conference at the State House.
Attorney General Janet Mills, who is also a Democratic candidate for governor, stepped to the microphone as the conference ended to announce something that could only help her efforts to woo liberal voters: she’d found a $35 million funding source for the first year of the expansion.
“These funds are available to pay for Medicaid expansion as enacted by the people last November,” Mills said. “There is overwhelming evidence that states which take advantage of Medicaid expansion experience lower health care costs, healthier families and stronger economic growth.”
Gov. Paul LePage immediately dismissed the proposal as a “political stunt,” saying “now that she is running for governor, she suddenly wants to use this money as a one-time budget gimmick.”
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