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Midterm elections could impact Medicaid expansion

Five hotly contested governor races could have a big impact on Medicaid expansion. If the Democrats take Florida, Maine, Kansas, Wisconsin and Georgia, an additional 1.7 million people would likely become eligible for Medicaid coverage.

Bills aim to advance network transparency

Democratic lawmakers in Maine have proposed bills to enhance insurer transparency, the Associated Press reported.

Anthem wins state regulatory approval to create narrow network plan

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield can move forward with its plan to partner with Maine's largest provider network in offering a new limited network policy available on the state's health insurance exchange.

Bill would let hospitals conduct income means test for charity care

Maine lawmakers are considering a measure that would align state law regarding eligibility for charity care with the Affordable Care Act by allowing hospitals to conduct an income means test.

Maine wants 100% of Medicaid expansion costs covered for 10 years

Maine Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew wants the federal government to completely fund the state's Medicaid expansion and requested more flexibility to operate the program.

Fierce Q&A: Image sharing project takes time... and trust

In an exclusive interview with  FierceHealthIT, Todd Rogow, director of information technology at HealthInfoNet, discusses Maine's new statewide medical imaging archive, which boasts 200 terabytes of storage (and that's just for starters). Can competing organizations work together to share data--and save money?   

Maine owes hospitals $460M in Medicaid payments

The state of Maine owes its hospitals $460 million in back Medicaid payments, and there is no specific solution in sight to obtain those funds, according to the Bangor Daily News.

OIG seeks $9.2M in state Medicaid overpayments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is seeking $9.2 million from the state of Maine, claiming it overbilled the agency for treating Medicaid enrollees, according to a new report by the Office of Inspector General.

States join in fight against Medicaid expansion

As the primary portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are deployed over the next 18 months, Maine throwning down the gauntlet to the Obama administration regarding Medicaid cuts, reported Kaiser Health News.

Insurers barred from state for fraud scheme

Four health insurers operating in Maine are barred from doing business in the state and each must pay a $260,000 fine, plus restitution, for their involvement in an alleged healthcare fraud scheme.