Issue: Environmental and Social Justice
Program Topic: Maine Appropriations Committee Alternative Budget Cuts to Department of Health and Human Services programs, including MaineCare
Key Discussion Points:
a) The Appropriations Committee has approved decreasing eligibility for MaineCare coverage for adults with children down to 133% from 200% of the poverty level.
b) The new budget proposal would freeze MaineCare enrollment for childless adults. 16,000 Mainers on the waiting list will no longer be eligible.
c) Though the Appropriations Committee approved $120 million in cuts, instead of the $220 million in cuts LePage asked for, $80 million in proposed cuts ti the Department of Health and Human Services budget for 2013 are slated to be taken up later this month.
A )Ana Hickes, Senior Policy Analyst at Maine Equal Justice Partners : www.mejp.org, www.reasonablesolutions.com
B) Cullen Ryan, executive director of Community Housing of Maine : www.chomhousing.org
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Host: Meredith DeFrancesco
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