federal funding of abortion is illegal under the Hyde Amendment, if Maine approves
funding for abortions to Medicaid recipients, it will need to be paid for
entirely from state taxpayer dollars.
Janet Mills has promised to expand Medicaid “on day one” of her administration,
but that expansion would rely on matching federal dollars that could not be
used for abortions under LD20.
Shortly after the House moved the bill forward, the Maine Senate followed suit. The Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee will now consider Rep. Reckitt’s bill, including holding public hearings, before the bill is moved to a vote before the full legislature.