Non-Partisan Sources Refute LePage Medicaid Claims
The LePage administration has repeatedly said that Medicaid spending is out of control in its argument against accepting federal health care dollars to cover more Maine people.
Here are some non-partisan independent facts that challenge the administration’s claims.
. Maine’s state and federal Medicaid program has grown at a rate of 3.2 %, since 2008, according to the Legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal and Program Review. The nonpartisan Kaiser Foundation and the nonpartisan federal agency Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission, show that growth in Maine’s Medicaid program is lower than the national average and the lowest in New England. (See comparison Map of per person expense).
. States that chose to accept federal health care dollars to cover more of their citizens are expected to see lower rates in growth in Medicaid programs.
Further, the Maine Hospital Association has a similar assessment:
“Contrary to common talking points, Medicaid spending is not out of control. The total spending on Medicaid in Maine was the same in 2013 as it was in 2009. Going back further, spending on Medicaid has grown at little more than the inflation rate for the past decade. It appears that the flat spending trend continues. Through the first six months of the current state fiscal year, spending in Medicaid has increased a mere 0.1 percent. Maine’s spending on Medicaid, per recipient, is the lowest in New England and the state ranks 26th nationally.”