March 10, 2012

Dems question delay in reporting MaineCare malfunction

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — Maine Democrats say the administration should have come forward sooner with news that a computer malfunction had resulted in up to 19,000 people receiving MaineCare services they weren't eligible for.

In Saturday's Democratic radio address, Rep. Peggy Rotundo of Lewiston says the administration knew of the Department of Health and Human Services error in January, but didn't tell legislators until this week.

Rotundo said officials weren't forthcoming with the information even as legislators questioned the MaineCare numbers before the problems were made public.

She said Democrats want to move forward with improvements to the state's health care system, but must have accurate information to do so.

DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew told lawmakers Friday that in retrospect, she should have made them aware of the problems earlier.


Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors

Further Discussion

Here at we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)