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Voters to decide on Medicaid expansion

Next month, voters in Maine will be asked to decide if they want to expand Medicaid in Maine. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) – Next month, voters in Maine will be asked to decide if they want to expand Medicaid in Maine.

It shows up on the ballot as Question 2.

Tuesday, the Yes on 2 campaign announced they now have the support of 150 individual business owners across the state.

The group says a yes vote on 2 will expand access to Medicaid for about 70,000 Mainers.

They say if Question 2 passes, it would strengthen Maine’s hospitals and bring more than $500 million to the state.

Question 2 was placed on the Nov. 7 ballot after more than 66,000 signatures were collected in all of Maine’s 16 counties.

Brent Littlefield, a spokesman for the Welfare to Work PAC, which opposes Question 2, says Medicaid expansion will lead to a state budget crisis, sales tax increases and another welfare hospital debt.

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