LePage: Medicaid Expansion Would Add Smokers and Heavy Drinkers

AUGUSTA - The LePage administration says a new study out of the University of Michigan supports the governor's long-held position opposing the expansion of Mainecare, the state's medicaid program.

The study indicates that expanding medicaid would add younger men, smokers, and heavy drinkers to the rolls.

 

In a written statement, Governor LePage says these findings prove that expanding Mainecare would deplete the resources vital to caring for elderly and disabled Mainers.

 

The congressional budget office projects 13-million people will be eligible for medicaid between now and 2022.

Karina Bolster

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Karina joined the WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX Bangor News team in March of 2013. Raised as part of a military family, she likes to consider Massachusetts as her "home-base". Karina graduated from Suffolk University located in Boston, Massachusetts where she majored in Communications. From January 2012 to July 2012, Karina was a student reporter for New England Cable News (NECN) and would take part in a live shot every Tuesday for The Morning Show, covering topics from current events to the "Trophy Town" teams.

Karina also has a huge passion for sports. While in college she interned for New England Sports Network (NESN) as a “NESN Daily” intern, as well as the TD Garden, working in the control room for the Bruins and Celtics games. Also as a former college softball player, she loves staying active and looks forward to trying some of the sports the Bangor area has to offer!

Karina Bolster
ABC 7/FOX 22 Bangor
(207) 945-6457 X 3118

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