CMS Rebuffs Maine's Proposed Medicaid Cuts

Law360, New York (January 8, 2013, 4:42 PM EST) -- The federal government on Monday rejected Maine's bid to drop thousands of people from the state's Medicaid rolls, saying the Affordable Care Act mandates that states can't restrict Medicaid eligibility standards, methodologies or procedures until 2014, when insurance exchanges become active.

Maine had asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services if it could remove 20,000 residents from Medicaid eligibility, which the state claimed would save nearly $20 million. The reductions, approved by the state's Legislature, would eliminate Medicaid coverage for parents with incomes above 100...
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