KVO urges Medicaid Expansion law implentation at ‘Health Care Now! State of the State’ Rally

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From the event Facebook page: “Just three months ago the people of Maine voted overwhelmingly to expand access to Medicaid for 70,000 Maine families. Gov. LePage and his legislative allies are already working to delay implementation and weaken the law.

Come show Gov. LePage and legislators that the people of Maine are watching and that we won’t accept any more delays or attempts to weaken the new Medicaid expansion law. All Mainers need health care, now!”

As illustrated by the photos above, a large crowd of supporters gathered Tuesday evening to speak to the press outside in the cold, then went inside the State House as to urge legislators to work on implementation immediately.

KVO members and other Mainers for HealthCare coalition partners spoke with a large number of legislators on hand for Governor LePage’s final State of the State address. While many lawmakers are on board, the governor continues to oppose implementation. So stay tuned!

KVO Standing With State Employees During Government Shutdown

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Such a beautiful place the Maine State House in Augusta is, with so many stories under its dome. But last weekend, that beauty was marred by the first statewide government shutdown to be experienced in more than 25 years. All non-emergency government functions were closed immediately, prompting state employees to protest in Augusta.

The shutdown, which lasted 3 days, occurred as legislators were unable to unable to come together on a veto proof biannual budget by midnight on June 30. But by Tuesday morning, lawmakers were able to craft legislation eliminating the additional lodging tax hike that Governor LePage found objectionable. Once that provision was removed, the budget bill was signed, ending the shutdown.