Cutler Institute

Trish Riley on Medicaid Expansion and Maine Taxpayers

Trish Riley, Adjunct Professor at the Muskie School, writes in the Bangor Daily News (posted March 28, 2013), "the assertion that Maine taxpayers are being penalized [in the ACA Medicaid expansion] deserves scrutiny."  She notes that much of the expansion for MaineCare, Maine's Medicaid  program, was paid by the initiative Dirigo Health, not state general funds, and describes the federal funding that Maine was able to secure--"dollars that other states did not receive."   She will be facilitating a panel discussion on April 8th which will be examining MaineCare's coverage options under the ACA.