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Lawmakers uphold LePage's veto of Medicaid expansion

AUGUSTA - Funding to expand Medicaid to nearly 70,000 Mainers took a big hit Monday.

Legislators failed to override Governor Paul LePage's veto of a funding package that would have covered the costs of extending health care to tens of thousands of people without insurance. The House of Representatives chairman of the Appropriations Committee said that the vote fails to follow the will of the voters.

 

"The governor has been saying for months -- he's been hiding behind the legislature and saying that all he needs is the funding. And then he'd be happy to do it. Well, we put a bill on his desk and he's vetoed it. We have done everything possible to give the governor every penny he says needs," Rep. Drew Gattine, D-Westbrook, said.

 

Medicaid expansion was approved by Maine voters last year and last month, a judge told the Department of Health and Human Services it was required to submit a plan for the Medicaid expansion to federal authorities. Now it is likely the funding issue may well end up in court, too.

TJ Tremble

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T.J. Tremble joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 in March 2016.

He was raised in Bangor, attended Bangor schools and graduated from John Bapst High School. He attended the University of Maine, studying political science.

He started his news career at the Camden Herald, many years ago. He also worked for the Bangor Daily News in Rockland, Belfast and Bangor.

He entered broadcast journalism as news director for WQCB-FM, Brewer. For Many years he worked behind the scenes in radio and television.

Recently, he worked as a news reporter for Zone Radio Corporation in Bangor [WZON-AM, WKIT-FM and WZLO-FM.

He has received reporting awards from the Maine Press Association, Maine Association of Broadcasters and the Maine Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

He is married, with three adult children and three grandchildren.