- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers have failed to keep alive a bill that supporters say would have improved the criticized MaineCare rides program.

The bill would have barred Maine from renewing its current contracts with companies in the program and canceled the state’s request for new contracts.

It was introduced after the state switched to a new system in August and many MaineCare patients began complaining of missed and late rides. MaineCare is the state’s Medicaid program.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage vetoed the bill, saying it would chill companies wanting to enter into a contract with the state in the future if they knew the request for proposals could be canceled on a whim.

The Senate voted 20-15 on Tuesday to override the veto, short of the two-thirds majority necessary.

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