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In Partisan Vote, Dems Move Medicaid Expansion Through Committee

March 6, 2014

AUGUSTA - Majority Democrats on the Maine Legislature's Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee late Thursday afternoon voted in favor of LD 1578, the bill to expand Medicaid to able-bodied adults under ObamaCare. All five of the committee's Republican lawmakers voted against the controversial measure.

The vote comes as a general consensus forms around the eventual defeat of the expansion bill after a certain veto from Governor Paul LePage. Most observers agree that Democrats lack the...

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Taxpayers Come Out in Force Against Medicaid Expansion

January 15, 2014

AUGUSTA - The Maine Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday held a public hearing on LD 1578, the bill to force the state to help fund an expansion of medical welfare to at least 70,000 able-bodied adults under ObamaCare.

The committee heard testimony in cyclesfive proponents followed by five opponents, repeated. As of 1:00 PM, after beginning at 9:00 AM, members of the public opposing welfare expansion were still matching testimony with those in favor of it, inc...

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HHS Committee Republicans to Dems: Where Are Your Ideas?

December 10, 2013

AUGUSTA - Republican members of the legislature's Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday called on Democrats to offer their own alternatives to hiring an outside firm to identify savings in Maine's welfare system. The committee met Tuesday to discuss the Department of Health and Human Services' contract with an outside firm, among other items.

"Time will tell the effectiveness of the welfare auditing firm, but if Democrats are going to criticize it, I want to hear what their alterna...

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Military Recruiter Bills Spark Fiery Debate in Maine House

June 4, 2013

AUGUSTA - The House on Tuesday took up two bills concerning military recruiters in public schools. The first, LD 1502, requires that public high schools allow recruiters to administer the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test to students who elect to take it. Under the bill, recruiters, not school staff, would take the time to administer the test, which would remain voluntary for the students.

That bill was rejected mostly along party lines, 74-68. Majority Democrats ...

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Rep. Malaby Op-Ed: Which Medicaid waiver do you object to?

October 11, 2012

To The Bangor Daily News

By Rep. Richard Malaby

At the end of the last session, the Maine Legislature passed a budget virtually along party lines that would roll back some eligibility requirements for MaineCare to the Federal minimum. The Legislature also eliminated some redundancy in those who are dual-eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. Finally, Maine eliminated eligibility for childless adults aged 19 and 20, as has most every other state.

Such changes will require a waiver ...

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Rep. Wallace sworn in as Legislature's newest member

November 30, 2011

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November 21, 2011

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Ray Wallace sworn in as Legislature's newest member

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Ray Wallace was sworn into office today by Governor Paul LePage after winning a special election to fill a vacant seat in House District 24.

Rep. Wallace (R-Dexter) said he was motivated to run for office by the reform agenda championed by the Republican majorities in the House and Senate...

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Health insurance reform clears initial hurdle in Maine House

May 5, 2011

AUGUSTA - Landmark legislation to revamp Maine's health insurance market cleared a critical hurdle today in the House of Representatives by a vote of 76-72. The measure, designed to generate more competition and bring rates closer to national norms, now moves to the Senate. Final enactment votes in both bodies could come as early as next week.

"The people of our state are the winners today," said House Speaker Robert Nutting. "For years, reasonable proposals to fix a dysfunctional health insur...

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Rep. Malaby Appointed to Substance Abuse Services Commission

March 8, 2011

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Richard Malaby has been named to the Substance Abuse Services Commission, which plays a key role in Maine's fight against drug and alcohol abuse.

Rep. Malaby (R-Hancock), who served on the board of trustees at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth, said he is honored by the appointment and looks forward to getting started. "We have a huge problem on our hands," he said. "I hope to play a part in the solution through service on the commission."

Rep. Malaby not...

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Rep. Rich Malaby takes post on Health and Human Services Committee

February 1, 2011

AUGUSTA -- State Rep. Rich Malaby has been appointed to the high-profile Health and Human Services Committee (HHS), an unusual assignment for a first-term legislator. The position gives him an influential voice in shaping legislation on issues ranging from MaineCare and medical marijuana to homelessness.

"I'm honored that leadership has seen fit to appoint me to a committee whose work touches so many individuals in our communities," said Rep. Malaby (R-Hancock). "I look forward to working h...

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