- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers will finish their legislative session with a familiar debate: whether to accept federal dollars to provide health care coverage to roughly 70,000 low-income people under the health care law.

House Speaker Mark Eves of North Berwick is introducing a measure Thursday under which the state would apply for a waiver from the federal government and expand Medicaid coverage for one year.

If successful in obtaining the waiver, the state would use the funds to cover roughly 55,000 of those people in private plans on the federal exchange. Another 15,000 would remain in the Medicaid program.

It’s similar to a measure recently signed by New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat.

Lawmakers have failed three other attempts to overturn Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s vetoes of Medicaid expansion bills.

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