Legislators need to go back to the State House and fund the Medicaid expansion immediately.

As an eligibility specialist for the Department of Health and Human Services, it’s my job to process eligibility for these folks. Every month that has gone by since Medicaid expansion has become law has been a month wasted of not being able to hire and train new and existing staff on policy that is yet to be implemented without funding. The inaaction has already cost me and my fellow workers much needed time, and potentially affect thousands of others if we are continually understaffed to implement the change in program eligibility. We are playing catch up as it is, and work hard every day to bring life-saving services to the people of Maine.

Please, do your jobs, so I can do mine.

Allison Perkins


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