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Payer Roundup—Maine's new governor rejects state’s planned Medicaid work requirements

January 24, 2019 / Paige Minemyer

Newly instated Maine Gov. Janet Mills has rejected work requirements in the state’s Medicaid program, which were requested by her predecessor and approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The waiver request submitted by former Gov. Paul LePage was approved on Dec. 21 shortly before he left office. Mills sent a letter to CMS saying that Maine would not implement the changes approved in the waiver and would instead offer job training and other supports to enrollees in its MaineCare program. The state’s Acting Commissioner of Health and Human Services Jeanne Lambrew noted that Maine is facing a workforce shortage, which could be exacerbated if people lose access to crucial care, such as coverage for mental healthcare or substance abuse treatment.