Trump’s New Medicaid Chief Is a Medicaid Critic
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Trump’s New Medicaid Chief Is a Medicaid Critic

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The Trump administration has reportedly named Mary Mayhew, a former Maine health commissioner, as deputy administrator and director of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

From the Portland Press Herald:

"Mayhew, like [Maine Gov. Paul] LePage, was an ardent opponent of expanding Medicaid, which was made allowable at the state level under the Affordable Care Act. Maine voters approved expansion through referendum but that expansion still hasn’t been funded and has been mired in legal challenges by LePage. … Mayhew also played a major role in eliminating certain adults from the state’s Medicaid program and also fought several efforts to expand it by Democratic lawmakers."

New York magazine’s Intelligencer used this headline for news of the appointment: “Fox lands job guarding henhouse.”