Feds scale back Maine Medicaid purge

Marilyn Tavenner, the acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told LePage that the Affordable Care Act requires him to maintain Medicaid eligibility levels in his state.

She did approve a separate proposal to end Medicaid coverage for parents making more than 133 percent of the poverty level, or $30,657 for a family of four, and cut some benefits for elderly and disabled adults.

The reductions will begin on March 1 and save Maine about $4.5 million.