Last month, a federal appeals court rejected Maine Republican Governor Paul LePage's attempt to deny certain young adults Medicaid access.
In its decision, The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that such a move would violate the Affordable Care Act, a "patient's bill of rights that gives the American people the stability and flexibility they need to make informed decisions about their health."
Governor LePage, a critic of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, had previously proposed eliminating Medicaid coverage for 6,000 non-disabled 19-and-20-year-olds fin an effort to balance the budget.
The LePage Administration, which wants to cut $220 million in overall healthcare spending, argued that cutting Medicaid rolls in the state would have saved Maine $3.7 million.
LePage has been quoted as saying that he expects the state's fight with the federal government on this issue to eventually end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.
For more information on the Medicaid Program and Affordable Care Act, please visit: http://www.medicaid.gov/ and http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/rights/