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Mainers rally for healthcare outside State of the State address

The group is rallying for healthcare right outside of the State House, where Governor Paul LePage is set to give his final State of the State as governor. (WGME)

AUGUSTA (WGME) – A rally is happening outside of the State House, from those supporting a Medicaid expansion to thousands of Mainers, something the governor has said the state can't afford, but which voters have now approved.

The group is rallying for healthcare right outside of the State House, where Governor Paul LePage is set to give his final State of the State as governor.

Many of the attendees say they are furious with LePage for vetoing healthcare expansion plans multiple times.

They say that 70,000 Mainers are still without healthcare, and that many face enormous medical bills.

One speaker is a mother of three special needs children, and she recently broke her leg working a second job to pay for their care.

She says for her, getting healthcare means she can continue to pay the bills through her injury.

Speakers say the rally is set to last until 8 p.m., the same time the state of the state is expected to end.

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