AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers have sustained a veto by Republican Gov. Paul LePage on a bill designed to lower long-term care insurance costs.
The House voted 87-55 on Tuesday to uphold the veto. Democratic Rep. Sharon Treat of Hallowell is the sponsor.
It would have directed the state the state to study issues related to long-term care insurance, including ways to prevent unfair discrimination based on gender. The bill originally aimed to prohibit insurers from charging individuals different amounts for long-term insurance based on gender.
LePage says in his veto letter than he opposes "unfunded mandates" that "create a significant drain on valuable state resources."
Tuesday's vote comes on top of five vetoes lawmakers sustained Monday. Lawmakers are gearing up for veto override vote on a bill to expand Medicaid coverage.