Mary Mayhew’s Accomplishments

As Commissioner of Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services, Mary Mayhew led the state’s landmark welfare reform. Maine is now seen as a pioneer in reducing the size and cost of government and reforming entitlements.

Mary’s Accomplishments:

Put Maine Finances Back on Track

  • Ended the decades of massive budget shortfalls in welfare programs representing half of the state’s budget

Found and Stopped Welfare Fraud

  • Put photos on EBT cards
  • Doubled the number of fraud investigators
  • Banned people with cash or nice boats and ATVs from getting welfare
  • Required drug testing for felons on welfare
  • Banned welfare dollars from being spent in liquor stores and strip clubs
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Put our Elderly and Disabled At the Front of the Line

  • Provided $40 million extra in funding for nursing homes
  • Gave $100 million to help those with disabilities stay in their homes
  • Got young, able-bodied people off welfare and back to work

Cleaned Up Maine’s Welfare Programs

  • Maine was a national leader in handing out welfare, even to people who could work – now we are a national leader in getting people off welfare and back to work

Reduced the Size of Government

  • Cut more than 400 positions from Maine’s largest government agency and required that performance be measured and wasteful programs eliminated like they would be in a private sector business.

Mary’s leadership at DHHS, by the numbers:

  • Number of people getting TANF (cash welfare) is down from 39,000 to 11,100
  • Food stamps down from 253,000 people to 183,200
  • 85,604 fewer people receiving Medicaid, taxpayer-funded government healthcare
  • Maine went from 2nd highest to 24th in national rank for people on Medicaid
  • Maine went from 6th highest to 23rd in national rank for people on food stamps
  • Maine went from 6th highest to 25th in national rank for people receiving TANF cash
  • EBT card welfare spending outside of Maine down $7 million
  • More than doubled fraud investigators
  • Followed through with over 100 criminal welfare abuse fraud cases
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