Maine loses Supreme Court appeal to scale back its Medicaid program for young 'able-bodied' residents

June 08, 2015

The Supreme Court rejected a request from Gov. Paul LePage (R) to review a federal appeals court decision that required Maine to continue providing Medicaid coverage to young adults until 2019. LePage had sought to discontinue Medicaid coverage for residents ages 19 and 20, arguing that young adults shouldn't receive coverage because they are "able-bodied" and can work. The federal government pointed to an ACA provision requiring states to keep existing eligibility standards for children in order to receive federal Medicaid funds, which brought upon a lawsuit filed by Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew, who contended the state was being unconstitutionally coerced into maintaining coverage for young adults. In rejecting the bid to review the case, the Supreme Court has left the appeals court ruling intact, requiring the state to continue young adult coverage.