Maine Medicaid expansion among 100 bills on table next session

October 31st, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

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Updated: 12:02 AM

Maine Medicaid expansion among 100 bills on table next session

By Steve Mistler
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — The Legislature will take up at least 100 new bills in its next session, including proposals to expand Medicaid insurance for low-income Mainers, overhaul the troubled MaineCare rides program, lengthen the penalty period for a prior drunken-driving conviction and lift bans on select pesticides in medical marijuana cultivation.

Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer:
The flower of a variety of marijuana plant that Ron Fousek calls Train Wreck. Fousek started growing medical marijuana about a year ago. He now serves five patients and works about 30 hours per week cultivating the marijuana. Photographed on Monday, January 31, 2011.

Bill Highlights for 2nd session

Sen. President Justin Alfond, D-Portland, has a bill that would change how the state distributes federal anti-poverty education funds to local schools.

House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick, has a bill that would expand MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid health insurance program, to over 60,000 low-income Mainers through the Affordable Care Act.

Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, is proposing pilot program that could allow Maine college students to borrow interest-free tuition money from a state fund, then pay back the fund over the next 24 years by giving a pre-determined percentage of their work wages.

Rep. Michael Devin, D-Newcastle, has a remake of Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal earlier this year mandating school boards to adopt policies that allow military

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