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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Nearly 80 businesses and organizations are banding together to put pressure on the LePage administration to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid, which is known as MaineCare.

The organization called Cover Me Now! held a rally in South Portland this morning. They are pushing for the state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which they say would provide health insurance for nearly 70 thousand Mainers.

Under the law, the federal government will cover 100 percent of the costs states who expand Medicaid from 2014 to 2016. The funding drops to 90 percent after that. Supporters say expanding the program would allow people to get preventative care and potentially keep them out of emergency rooms.

The Governor has sent a letter to federal DHHS officials saying the state would consider expanding MaineCare if the federal government pays 100 percent of the costs of covering the patients for ten years.