Maine to update reimbursement rates to help struggling health centers

AUGUSTA — Maine could update its reimbursement rates for health care centers that serve rural and low-income residents.

Maine is home to dozens of federally licensed health centers that serve more than 200,000 residents. The centers rely on reimbursement from MaineCare to provide the service.

MaineCare reimbursement rates were set nearly 20 years ago, causing financial hardship for many centers in the state, said Democratic Sen. Ned Claxton of Auburn.

The Maine Senate passed a bill Monday that would update that standard to provide more accurate reimbursement rates, Claxton and other Democrats said.

Claxton said the bill “aims to ensure that these centers can stay open and continue to provide for those in need.”

It still requires the signature of Democratic Governor Janet Mills.

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