AUGUSTA — Recipients of MaineCare coverage for childless adults say Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to eliminate the benefit would force many people with chronic medical conditions to go without treatment.

Advocates for low-income Mainers and recipients of MaineCare coverage for childless adults held a news conference today in the State House to talk about the impacts of removing coverage under MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid program. LePage wants to eliminate coverage for low-income childless adults and other categories, saying the state can’t afford the cost of providing benefits.

But supporters of the benefits say they are critical. Maine Equal Justice Partners says nearly half of those receiving coverage have a major disease, and removing them would force them to get expensive emergency room treatment, shift costs to private employers and shorten people’s lives.

Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.