June 8, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for writ of certiorari
submitted by Maine health officials in Mayhew v. Burwell.
The case posed the question of whether Congress violated the Constitution by
requiring states to continue to provide, through 2019, subsidized medical care
for young adults from low-income families. The United States Court of Appeals
for the First Circuit held
that Maine health officials must continue covering about 6,000 low-income young
adults (ages 19 and 20) under the state’s Medicaid program until 2019. As a
result of the denial of certiorari, the First Circuit’s decision will stand.
2012, Gov. Paul LePage (R-ME) proposed to cut eligibility in the Medicaid
program for 19- and 20-year olds, along with other changes as part of an over $200
million dollar spending reduction plan for the Maine Department of Health and
Human Services (DHHS)
to help balance the state’s budget. The federal government approved many of the
cuts, but rejected this specific cut, and as a result the state of Maine
pursued review of the decision, which was rejected. The state then brought
their case to the First Circuit Court of Appeals.