A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Maine's lawsuit that demanded swift action from the federal government on the state's Aug. 1 request to eliminate Medicaid coverage for more than 20,000 residents.
The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston declared the lawsuit premature because the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had 90 days — until Nov. 1 — by statute to consider Maine's waiver request. The ruling came a little more than a week after the state of Maine sought an injunction.
Republican Gov. Paul LePage's office had no comment.
The Republican-controlled Legislature voted to eliminate coverage for parents with incomes from 100 percent to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, along with 19- and 20-year-olds and seniors and disabled people in the Medicare Savings Program.