MCA Statement on Appointment of Mary Mayhew to Director of Federal Medicaid Program

If we want the children of Maine and the nation to have a prosperous future, we need our future generation to remain healthy, so they can play, learn and grow. A critical piece of that is providing access to quality, affordable health care coverage for children and families.

The appointment of Mary Mayhew to head the federal Medicaid program – including CHIP (the Children’s Health Insurance Program) is an alarming choice given her track record at DHHS in Maine. This selection indicates a potential and dangerous shift away from decades-long support for a system that has ensured that kids with low income or complex medical needs have access to the health care they need.

Under Mayhew’s leadership at DHHS, Maine rolled back critical health care coverage for Maine’s most vulnerable families and opposed Medicaid expansion to cover more Mainers. We can’t afford to have someone with a track record of cutting critical services and coverage in charge of a healthcare program that covers 70 million Americans and accounts for 10% of the federal budget.

The Maine Children’s Alliance will be ready to fight to protect the coverage that kids and families have relied on for decades. Our future success relies on a strong, healthy foundation for children, and that means investing in their care and in care for their families. Mainers and the nation can’t afford to weaken that foundation by removing critical healthcare coverage for children and families.


One thought on “MCA Statement on Appointment of Mary Mayhew to Director of Federal Medicaid Program

  1. Unconscionable. Under LePage and Mary Mayhew, Maine children fell into extreme poverty – to 50%!

    Under LePage and Mary Mayhew, Maine is currently one of the most food insecure states in New England and 3rd in the nation with more than 200,000 people living with food insecurities. 1 in 4 are children.

    Under LePage and Mary Mayhew, Maine DHHS ranks dead last in its ability to administer the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) program.

    Under LePage and Mary Mayhew, DHHS illegally misspent $13 million of the TANF funds meant for families with children in living below poverty.

    Under LePage and Mary Mayhew, Maine is the only state in the U.S. where the infant mortality rate has risen.

    Under LePage and Mary Mayhew, DHHS failed to investigate the deaths of all 133 people with developmental disabilities who died between January 2013 and June 2015 while under the care of their contracted community-based providers across the state.

    Under LePage and Mary Mayhew, DHHS received 296 reports of suspected sexual abuse or sexual exploitation of developmentally disabled people, but only investigated five of them.

    Under LePage and Mary Mayhew, 12,198 calls to Maine’s child abuse hotline went unanswered in 2016 alone.

    Under LePage and Mary Mayhew, confirmed cases of physical abuse of children jumped increased 52% in Maine over 8 years.

    Under LePage and Mary Mayhew, $110,000,000 was hoarded over four years, unobligated, in an account meant to pay for the state’s primary financial assistance program for low-income families. The unspent funds accumulated as the number of families receiving assistance dropped by 60 percent because of state policy changes, not declining need. NOTE: The federal TANF guidance allows for states to use 20% to extend benefits beyond the 60 months for families with hardships.

    Under LePage and Mary Mayhew, 27 health coalitions were dismantled – dramatically cutting K-12 students and Mainers’ access to public health prevention training, education, and resources in cancer, substance abuse/addiction, and obesity prevention.

    This list is incomplete.

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