Maine cuts ties with Mass. firm
Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is terminating his state’s contract with a Massachusetts-based firm that was helping with the state’s Medicaid application process.
The Bangor Daily News reports the administration has ended a contract with Commonwealth Medicine after a year. The Shrewsbury company had previously agreed to a 25-month contract worth $5.6 million from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
The LePage administration selected Commonwealth Medicine without evaluating other bids.
Taxpayers were slated to pay $300,000 more annually for the contracted work compared to using state employees. Costs also went over the budget prepared by the DHHS.