Governor Paul LePage - News

Press releases issued by the Governor's office.
  1. For Immediate Release: Friday, December 21, 2018 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

    AUGUSTA--The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has officially approved Maine's demonstration waiver application under section 1115 (a) of the Social Security Act. This approval will allow the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to implement a number of commonsense reforms within the MaineCare program, aimed at promoting self-sufficiency among clients and reestablishing Medicaid's core mission of supporting the elderly, disabled, and children.

    "Under my Administration, we have worked to lift Mainers out of poverty by prioritizing work within our welfare programs," said Maine Governor Paul R. LePage. "With the approval of the 1115 waiver, we will be able to replicate that success in our Medicaid program."

    Through Maine's 1115 waiver, CMS approved a number of reforms to the MaineCare program, most notably the requirement of able-bodied adults to participate in community engagement activities and/or work, and the collection of monthly premiums for adults who have the ability to earn income. With these changes, the Administration seeks to build off of the success brought by similar work requirements within the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. These improvements will help prioritize Maine's neediest populations and preserve the financial stability that has been achieved within the program over the last eight years.

    "For all of our public assistance programs, our primary goal is to help people," added Governor LePage. "We can help people by supporting and encouraging them to stand on their own--allowing them to take charge of their financial independence. This approval is a big step forward for our State, as it provides us the opportunity to continue expanding our available workforce and allows us to focus our resources on those individuals who need it most."

    "Maine marks the seventh community engagement demonstration we have approved since announcing this important opportunity earlier this year," said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. "I'm proud that CMS has responded so effectively to the strong interest from states interested in helping connect working-age adult Medicaid beneficiaries with opportunities to improve their health and financial independence through work and community engagement. We look forward to continuing this work in the new year."

    A copy of CMS's approval letter and waiver are available at the links below.

  2. For Immediate Release: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

    AUGUSTA--Governor Paul R. LePage thanked state employees for their generosity in donating to the Maine State Employees Combined Charitable Appeal (MSECCA). State employees raised more than $666,000 for this year's campaign, beating last-year's all-time high. Donors met the $505,000 goal and surpassed it with an additional $161,000.

    Governor LePage stated, "Thanks to the generosity of Maine State Employees, many hundreds and thousands of lives will be touched in 2019. I am pleased and proud that you have raised more than $666,000 for MSECCA this year, making it the most successful MSECCA campaign ever for the second year in a row. Maine State Employees give in so many ways, with MSECCA being just one, but a very important one. Thank you. I have been proud to be your Governor."

    The amount is the total contributions as of close of business on December 12, the deadline for payroll deductions. Additional one-time donations may be made through the end of the calendar year.

    The Governor continued, "I thank all the agency coordinators and volunteers for their dedication to this year's campaign, and I especially commend Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt and his team at the Department of Transportation, who have done another fantastic job promoting this year's MSECCA campaign and working with all employees to make it the most successful ever."
  3. For Immediate Release: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

    AUGUSTA -- Governor Paul R. LePage has filed a motion to extend the deadline in his lawsuit based on the Attorney General having exceeded her authority by bringing a federal suit in a different state on behalf of the people of Maine without being directed to do so by the Governor or Legislature.

    "These appeals raise important legal questions, which are not personal to us as individuals, but rather relate to the respective offices of Governor and Attorney General under the Maine Constitution," stated Governor LePage. "The appeals should not be mooted by reason of the change in the office holders. The public interest would be served by her agreeing to have these cases continue to a decision by the Law Court by substituting the parties with the new office holders."

    The statute (5 MRS sec. 191) states, "The Attorney General or a deputy, assistant or staff attorney shall appear for the State . . . in all the courts of the State and in those actions and proceedings before any other tribunal when requested by the Governor or by the Legislature or either House of the Legislature."

    "Although Janet Mills has informed us of her intent to dismiss this lawsuit upon her becoming Governor, it is not in the best interest of the people of Maine to do so. This is an opportunity to clarify the law and establish boundaries. If a time comes during her administration where there is again divided government, she may regret not having pursued this lawsuit," Governor LePage added.
  4. For Immediate Release: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

    AUGUSTA -- Governor Paul R. LePage has sent a letter responding to Governor-elect Janet Mills's letters to the commissioners of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and the Department of Health and Human Services, requesting that the State "not finalize any contracts until after January 2, 2019," and additionally requesting a list of pending and expiring contracts.

    "It is inappropriate to request that ongoing work on behalf of the people of Maine be halted for more than three weeks and sit there until you are inaugurated," wrote Governor LePage. "A smooth transition implies that the routine work of state government goes on uninterrupted. Contracting is part of that work."

    He continued, "You look to halt all procurement of state government for all agencies for all amounts. If I did this, I would not be transitioning government; I would be abdicating my responsibilities. Acquiescing to your request would place contractors that have routinely provided quality service to the State into chaos, not knowing when the contract might be issued or renewed, and causing potential--and needless--layoffs of their employees."

    The letter from Governor LePage and the letters from Governor-elect Mills to the commissioners are available at the links below.
  5. For Immediate Release: Monday, December 3, 2018 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

    AUGUSTA -- Governor Paul R. LePage has directed that all executive branch State of Maine offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, the National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush, who passed away Friday, November 30 at the age of 94.

    "President Bush is Maine's president," stated Governor LePage. "The Bush family's active participation in the Kennebunkport community has touched many lives. During his presidency, national and world leaders came to Walker's Point to address issues of national and international importance in the peaceful and beautiful setting of the Maine coast in the summer. Our people recall these memories with sadness but joy knowing that he and his wonderful wife are at peace together, having lived long and fruitful lives of service."

    This closure will affect non-essential executive branch state employees. Executive branch employees will receive additional information from their agency heads prior to the National Day of Mourning.

    Public schools are not covered by this directive. Governor LePage stated, "I encourage our schools to use the National Day of Mourning as an important opportunity to learn about the life and legacy of President Bush, including such potential topics as the American Presidency, World War II and the Cold War. Schools should exercise their judgement as to age-appropriateness regarding watching the State Funeral."