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Maine may have to repay federal Medicaid funding

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- An official with the federal government says Maine will have to repay millions of dollars in Medicaid funding it received to run the Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta.

Richard McGreal, Associate Regional Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, tells the Portland Press Herald the agency will seek the return of Medicaid funds used to run the hospital since last September.

That's when the hospital lost certification for Medicaid funding for failing to meet patient safety standards.

The amount the state will have to pay is unclear but Maine was given $20 million a year for the hospital.

State officials say they're confident the state will win an appeal.