MMA Legislative Committee Conference Calls to Begin Tomorrow, Jan. 14; Doctors of the Day Still Needed
In keeping with past practice, the MMA Legislative Committee will hold weekly conference calls every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. during the session beginning on Tuesday, January 14th.
Legislative Committee members and specialty society legislative liaisons are strongly encouraged to participate. Any physician, practice manager, or other staff member who is interested in the MMA's legislative advocacy also is welcome to participate. It is not necessary to RSVP for the calls.
Please use the following conference call number and passcode. These will remain the same for every weekly call during the session:
Conference call number: 1-619-326-2772 (Please note that this is a new number and is not toll free)
The purpose of the weekly conference calls is to review and finalize the MMA's position on bills printed that week, to hear the views of specialty societies on the new bills or their concerns about any health policy issues, and to discuss the highlights of legislative action that week. The calls rarely last longer than an hour and usually we can accomplish our business in much less time. The MMA staff lists a suggested position for each bill and any medical specialty particularly affected by the bill.
If you have an opinion about any of these bills, but cannot participate in the call, please contact Andrew MacLean, Deputy EVP at email@example.com or 622-3374, ext. 214.
The MMA staff has been hard at work scheduling Doctor of the Day volunteers for the second session of the 126th Legislature. We still have openings for the following dates in January: 21st & 28th.
If you have any questions regarding the “Doctor of the Day” program, please feel free to contact the MMA at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can submit your registration on line. We hope to see you at the State House for what is expected to be a very interesting session for the medical community.
The following are bills of interest to the physician community printed last week. We will discuss the priority bills marked with an asterisk (*) first.
L.D. 1428, An Act To Protect Religious Freedom (oppose)*
L.D. 1578, An Act To Increase Health Security by Expanding Federally Funded Health Care for Maine People (support; Cover Maine Now bill)*
L.D. 1580, An Act To Use the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center To Provide Inpatient Mental Health Services for Forensic Patients (support; psychiatrists)*
L.D. 1582, Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 32: Allowances for Waiver Services for Children with Intellectual Disabilities or Pervasive Developmental Disorders, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services (monitor; pediatricians)
L.D. 1583, Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 29: Allowances for Support Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autistic Disorder, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services (monitor; psychiatrists)
L.D. 1584, Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 21: Allowances for Home and Community Benefits for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autistic Disorder, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services (monitor; psychiatrists)
L.D. 1592, An Act To Improve and Modernize the Authority of Local Health Inspectors (monitor or support; Public Health Committee)
L.D. 1593, Resolve, To Eliminate Financial Inequality in MaineCare Reimbursement for Community-based Behavioral Health Services (monitor; psychiatrists)*
L.D. 1594, Resolve, To Improve Access to Emergency Behavioral Health Services and Increase Public Safety (monitor or support; psychiatrists)*
L.D. 1596, Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Amend MaineCare Rules as They Pertain to the Delivery of Covered Services via Telecommunications Technology (monitor; psychiatrists)*
L.D. 1598, An Act To Improve Hospital-based Behavioral Health Treatment for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism (monitor or support; psychiatrists)*
L.D. 1599, Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Health and Human Services To Advance the Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs To Protect Health Care Personnel (monitor)
L.D. 1600, An Act To Require Health Insurers To Provide Coverage for Human Leukocyte Antigen Testing To Establish Bone Marrow Donor Transplantation Suitability (monitor)
L.D. 1624, An Act Concerning Pricing Disclosure Requirements and Oversight of Pharmacy Benefits Managers (monitor)
L.D. 1629, An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Provider Profiling Program (monitor or support)*
L.D. 1636, An Act To Provide a More Efficient and Reliable System of Nonemergency Transportation for MaineCare Members (monitor)
L.D. 1640, An Act To Enhance the Stability and Predictability of Health Care Costs for Returning Veterans and Others by Addressing the Issues Associated with Hospital Charity Care and Bad Debt (monitor)
L.D. 1641, An Act To Amend the Workers' Compensation Laws as They Pertain to Employee Representation (monitor; physical medicine & rehab specialists)
L.D. 1642, An Act To Clarify the Law Governing Public Disclosure of Health Care Prices (support)*
L.D. 1656, An Act To Increase Safety for Victims of Domestic Violence (support; Public Health Committee)
L.D. 1659, An Act To Amend the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act (monitor)
L.D. 1663, Resolve, To Terminate a MaineCare Transportation Contract (monitor)
L.D. 1664, An Act To Encourage Charitable Contributions to Nonprofit Organizations (monitor)
L.D. 1669, An Act To Standardize and Simplify the Process for Employers To Provide a Drug-free Workplace (monitor; physical medicine and rehab specialists)
L.D. 1676, An Act To Strengthen Access Requirements and Review Standards for Health Insurance Plans (support)*
L.D. 1682, An Act To Preserve Head Start and Child Care Services (support; pediatricians)
L.D. 1685, An Act To Ensure That All Maine Children Are Protected from Abuse and Neglect (monitor or support; pediatricians)*
L.D. 1686, An Act To Address Preventable Deaths from Drug Overdose (support)*
L.D. 1699, An Act To Fund the Maine HIV Prevention Education Program within the Department of Education (support; Public Health Committee)
L.D. 1704, An Act To Increase the Use of Dental Services by MaineCare-eligible Children (monitor or support; pediatricians)*
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