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Do you think MaineCare health coverage should be extended to all low-income noncitizens?

That question has taken center stage in the Legislature now that House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross has proposed such a bill, calling such an expansion an economic and moral imperative. The proposal by the Portland Democrat would give low-income noncitizens access to public health benefits through the state’s MaineCare program.

Republicans, who favor rolling back welfare benefits, are expected to oppose the measure. Talbot Ross sponsored a similar bill in the last legislative session, but it died in committee after Gov. Janet Mills included a more limited expansion in her supplemental budget.

But what do you think? Do you agree with the proposal to extend MaineCare health coverage to all low-income noncitizens? If you disagree, why? Tell us in the poll and comments below.

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