The federal government is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject Republican Gov. Paul LePage's request to decide whether Maine can eliminate Medicaid coverage for thousands of low-income young adults.
LePage's administration asked the court to hear the case in February after a federal appeals court denied Maine's plan to remove about 6,000 19-and-20-year-olds from the Maine's Medicaid program.
In a court filing this week, the federal government said that a Supreme Court review isn't necessary because the state's arguments lack merit and because there's no disagreement between lower courts to be settled.
LePage's administration argues that Maine should be allowed to prioritize its Medicaid resources to help those who are most vulnerable.
Four of the nine Supreme Court justices must agree for the court to accept a case.