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Maine is one of only 19 states that did not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Voters in Maine on Tuesday approved a ballot initiative to expand the state’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act, the first U.S. state to do so via ballot. But it’s too soon to celebrate just yet. Maine’s Republican governor Paul LePage announced today that his administration would not expand Medicaid, until the state finds a way to fund the expansion.

“My administration will not implement Medicaid expansion until it has been fully funded by the Legislature at the levels [the Department of Health and Human Services] has calculated, and I will not support increasing taxes on Maine families, raiding the rainy day fund or reducing services to our elderly or disabled,” Governor LePage said in a statement.

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