Uh-Oh. Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew Is Making That ‘Math Is Hard’ Motion Again

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Department of Health and Human ServicesAUGUSTA, Maine — Deep cuts to Maine’s social services are set to take effect in just a few weeks, including some that hinge on an imminent U.S. Supreme Court decision over the fate of the nation’s landmark health reform law. The budget for the Department of Health and Human Services calls for rollbacks in general assistance aid and cuts to Medicaid support for group homes as of July 1. By the end of August, the state will pull back on funds for Head Start, children’s behavioral health and the Fund for a Healthy Maine, which supports programs that help residents quit smoking and pays for child care, home health visits, dental care and family planning. Come early October, thousands of Mainers are slated to lose coverage under MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid program, through controversial cuts that have fiercely divided lawmakers this year. Opponents, including many Democrats, hold out hope that the federal government will prevent some cuts that violate President Barack Obama’s national health reform law. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

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