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Central Maine News: Maine Lawmakers Make Another Attempt on Expanding Medicaid

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These are some of the stories central Maine is talking about today.

-Maine lawmakers have approved a final attempt during this session to expand Medicaid coverage to more than 70,000 low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act. Under the new proposal, the state would expand Medicaid for one year while seeking a waiver from the federal government. The bill was sent to Gov. LePage, who has vetoed three previous Medicaid expansion proposals. (AP)

-Gov. Paul LePage said that the federal government will penalize the state $7 million because its welfare cash assistance program doesn’t meet federal work-participation standards. Democrats and advocates for the poor have countered that Maine has submitted a corrective action plan that should help Maine avoid paying the fines. Maine has 60 days to appeal the work-participation financial penalty. (Kennebec Journal)

- Federal budget cuts led to the removal of a river gauge that measures water levels on the Sebasticook River, information that the National Weather Service says could have been useful in forecasting conditions before severe flooding affected. The gauge was discontinued in January with federal budget cuts. (Morning Sentinel)

-Maine’s Legislature has approved roughly $50 million in bond proposals that would support small businesses and water infrastructure projects. The House and Senate approved the six bond proposals on Thursday as they wrapped up their work for the short session. The bills now head to Gov. LePage. If approved, voters will have the final say on the bonds, likely this November. (AP)

-Gov. LePage has signed a bill directing the state to remove or relocate dozens of informational signs along its interstate highways. Some lawmakers and municipal officials objected to the measure because they said the signs are vital to attracting visitors. But Maine officials said the state’s failure to remove will cause the state to lose millions of dollars in highway funding for failing to comply with federal rules. (AP)

-Divers are working in shifts to try to get into a sunken ferry that may carry the bodies of most of the nearly 270 passengers still missing off the southern coast of South Korea. Officials say there were 475 people on board when the ferry began listing Wednesday. Officials say there were 179 survivors and so far 28 bodies have been found. (AP)

- At least six guides in Nepal are dead and another nine are missing following an avalanche on Mt. Everest Friday morning. Officials say the avalanche hit just below Camp 2. The Sherpa guides had gone to fix the ropes for hundreds of climbers when they became buried. (AP)

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