Governor LePage Signs Supplemental Budget
February 8, 2011
Augusta, Maine – The Maine Legislature passed Maine Governor Paul LePage’s supplemental budget today (LD 100). The spending plan includes $70 million in state funds to pay hospitals overdue MaineCare payments for services going back as far as 2006. The state funding is matched with federal dollars, triggering $248 million in payments to dozens of Maine’s Nonprofit Hospitals.
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services anticipates making payments to more than 30 hospitals by March 31, 2011. The funding estimate, which still needs to be finalized, should reimburse the facilities for unpaid MaineCare balances between 2006 and 2009. Current estimates are below.
The Supplemental Budget also includes provider funding that will maintain solvency in the MaineCare program, ensuring that the 4,000 providers who offer care and services to our 300,000 MaineCare participants continue to get paid.
The Supplemental Budget also includes $4.5 million tax relief through conformity to recent changes in the federal tax code. Teachers who purchase classroom supplies, filers who itemize, parents who claim child care expenses and people taking the earned income tax credit among the 100,000 filers estimated to save on their 2010 taxes because of the conformity provisions.
The Governor’s supplemental budget passed the Maine House of Representatives by a vote of 142 to 3 and the Maine Senate by a vote of 34 to 0. Enacted as emergency legislation, the bill takes effect immediately.
Roll call votes will be available at http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/displayps.asp?LD=100&snum=125
Governor Paul LePage returned to the State House Tuesday evening and signed the bill, clearing the way for the Department of Health and Human Services to finalize its payment estimates and pay Maine hospitals long overdue balances and to provide certainty to people heading into tax season.
“I promised the people of Maine that we would pay our bills to our hospitals,” said Governor Paul LePage. “The funding provided in my budget will help preserve vital jobs and ensure critical investments in health care.”
“I would like to thank the Legislature and the Appropriations Committee for the professional and bipartisan work that went into this emergency piece of legislation,” added Governor LePage.
The following is a list of estimated MaineCare payments owed to hospitals:
Aroostook Medical Center
Blue Hill Memorial (CAH)
C.A. Dean Memorial Hospital (CAH)
Calais Regional Hospital (CAH)
Cary Medical Center
Central Maine Medical Center
Downeast Community Hospital
Eastern Maine Medical Center
Franklin Memorial Hospital
Henrietta D. Goodall Hospital
Houlton Regional Hospital
Maine Coast Memorial Hospital
Maine Medical Center
MaineGeneral Medical Center
Mayo Regional Hospital
Mid Coast Hospital
Miles Memorial Hospital
Millinocket Regional Hospital (CAH)
Mount Desert Island Hospital (CAH)
Northern Maine Medical Center
Parkview Adventist Medical Center
Penobscot Bay Medical Center
Penobscot Valley Hospital (CAH)
Redington-Fairview General Hospital
Sebasticook Valley Hospital
Southern Maine Medical Center
St. Joseph Hospital
St. Mary's Regional Medical Center
Waldo County General Hospital