LePage floats hospital tax to pay for Medicaid expansion
AUGUSTA, Maine — Some lawmakers said Monday that Maine’s Republican governor has been floating a new tax on hospitals to pay for voter-approved Medicaid expansion.
Republican Senate President Mike Thibodeau said that Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has sent word the governor is considering the idea. LePage’s office didn’t respond to repeated requests for comment.
But it’s unclear whether lawmakers would get behind such an idea at this stage. Thibodeau said if formally proposed, such a tax hike would typically receive a public hearing.
Maine Hospital Association Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications Jeffrey Austin said the idea would be opposed by Maine hospitals that already pay $100 million in taxes each year.
Mainers voted last fall to expand Medicaid to over 70,000 low-income adults by July 2.