Governor Janet Mills has signed the supplemental budget into law. The Legislature approved the measure last week by a vote of 113-21 in the House and 24-5 in the Senate.
“The supplemental budget will help Maine nursing facilities, hospitals, small businesses, and others while keeping our budget balanced,” said Governor Janet Mills. “I thank the Legislature for its strong bipartisan support for the measure, and I look forward to working with them to craft a biennial budget that improves the lives and livelihoods of Maine people.”
Highlights of the supplemental budget include:
Care for Older Mainers: $25 million in State ($6 million) and Federal funds to long-term care facilities, including nursing facilities.
- Support for Maine Hospitals: $25 million in State ($6 million) and Federal funds to support hospitals’ recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Small Business Health Insurance Relief: $6.5 million to extend from April to the end of July the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan program that provides monthly payments of $50 per worker (more for families) to sustain affordable health insurance.
- Support for Retirees: $6.6 million in the supplemental budget for a one-time payment equivalent to a one percent cost-of-living-adjustment for Maine State Retirees, with an average benefit of $175 for approximately 37,600 state sponsored plan retirees.
More at Maine.gov.