AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Many states are gearing up to enroll more residents into Medicaid coverage starting in January. But thousands of Mainers are preparing to lose coverage this winter because of changes to the state's program and the decision not to expand coverage under the federal health care overhaul.
One of them is Portland resident and U.S. Navy veteran Tom Ptacek (puh-TA'-sehk). He's among 10,500 adults with no dependent children and incomes less than $11,500 who will lose Medicaid coverage this winter. They would have kept their Medicaid coverage if the state had agreed to expansion.
In addition, 15,000 low-income parents will lose Medicaid coverage when changes to the program kick in.
Ptacek spent a year in a homeless shelter before receiving housing through a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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