AUGUSTA — Maine’s Republican governor is opposing a law to prohibit certain insurers from considering a person’s status as a living organ donor.
Gov. Paul LePage vetoed the bill Tuesday and said it would make Maine one of the only states in the nation to prohibit life, long-term care and disability insurers from such a consideration. The bill wouldn’t apply to health insurance, which already has such protections.
The House on Thursday voted 146-0 to override LePage’s veto. The bill now goes to the Senate.
Groups and insurers like the American Council of Life Insurances and Anthem Inc. reported lobbying on the bill.
LePage said the decision to donate a kidney or other organ is commendable but carries significant health risks.
The governor also said the bill would skew insurers’ risk estimates.