Maine Dems' bill would cancel consultant contract

12:57 PM, Feb 10, 2014   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Maine Democrats are seeking to cancel the state's nearly $1 million contract with a consultant hired by Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration to study the state's Medicaid program.
    
Democratic lawmakers said Monday that they're introducing a bill to nix the no-bid contract with the Alexander Group, led by former welfare chief of Pennsylvania and Rhode Island Gary Alexander.
    
The group released a report last month that concluded expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act would cost the state $807 million over the next decade. Democrats say the report is flawed and politically motivated.
    
Among other things the group's expected to do is to create a plan to reduce welfare program waste and abuse.
    
LePage's administration has defended the hiring, saying the group is uniquely qualified to handle the review.

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