AP Exclusive: Maine governor spent $53K in Medicaid fight

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Posted: Jan 05, 2015 4:19 PM
AP Exclusive: Maine governor spent $53K in Medicaid fight

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Documents show that Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration spent nearly $53,000 on private lawyers last year in its failed attempt to remove about 6,000 young adults from Maine's Medicaid program.

The governor sought outside counsel in his case against the federal government after Democratic state Attorney General Janet Mills declined to represent the administration. She said the case had "little legal merit."

A federal appeals court in November denied LePage's request to eliminate coverage for 19-and-20-year-olds.

LePage's spokeswoman says the governor has every right to seek outside counsel when the attorney general refuses to take a case. His administration says Maine must use its limited Medicaid resources to help the elderly and disabled.

The Associated Press obtained records of the legal payments through a Freedom of Access Act request.