|May 29, 2017
Weekly MMA Legislative Committee Conference Call Information
MMA Legislative Committee Chairs Katherine Pope, M.D. and Stephen Meister, M.D. welcome you to participate in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee.
The next MMA Legislative Committee weekly conference call for the First Regular Session of the 128th Maine Legislature will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, May16th, at 8:00 p.m.
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: 207-480-4790
The purpose of the weekly conference calls is to review and finalize the MMA's position on bills printed the previous week, to hear the views of specialty societies on the new bills or their concerns about any current health policy issues, and to discuss the highlights of legislative action of the week. The calls rarely last longer than an hour. 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 & General Counsel at email@example.com or 480-4187, or Peter Michaud, Associate General Counsel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-4199.
The following are bills of interest to the physician community printed last week. We will discuss the priority bills marked with an asterisk (*) first. This will be important when the list grows in the next few weeks.
NOTE: The MMA positions stated in parentheses after the bill titles are simply staff suggestions. They are not necessarily the positions taken by the Legislative Committee or the MMA.
As we approach the deadline (often honored in the breach) for committee votes on 100% of bills and the ramping up of House and Senate votes, a smaller part of the calls will be devoted to new bills while a larger portion will be dedicated to updates on "our" bills' progress through the system and occasional calls for members to contact your legislators on bills of particular importance to medicine.
No new bills of interest to medicine were printed last week. During this week's call MMA staff will discuss current status of bills discussed earlier and updates on floor debates in the House and Senate.
Remember, too, that Wednesday is "Physicians' Day at the Legislature." Come in a white coat and show your legislature that you have a strong interest in what they are doing that affects medical care and the practice of medicine.
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