AUGUSTA — An effort by Republican Gov. Paul LePage to move forward with a possible change in eligibility rules that would have reduced mental health services for thousands in Maine was rejected by the Legislature on Friday.
Lawmakers in the House and the Senate overrode LePage's veto of a bill that sets a moratorium on a Maine Department of Health and Human Services proposal to rewrite the rules for MaineCare patients receiving certain mental health services.
According to supporters of LD 1696, as many as 50,000 people, including 20,000 children with autism and other disabilities, would have been affected had the veto stood.
The issue had some of the largest mental health care providers in Lewiston-Auburn and the families they serve worried they would lose the supports that help them and their children.