December 11, 2017

In This Issue
MMA Legislative Committee Meets to Prepare for Next Legislative Session
Online Links to Opioid CME
Congressional Stopgap Spending Plan Fails to Include CHIP 2018 Funding
Health Insurance Marketplace 2018: Open Enrollment Ends Friday
New AMA, CMS Resources Aid Transition to the New Medicare Card
Sanofi Genzyme: Arthritis Medication Should Not Be Used Due To Side Effects
Maine CDC Message on Immunizations
Naloxone Research Shows Importance of Post-Administration Intervention
Opportunities for Year-End Giving at MMA
Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety: Monday, 12/18 at EMMC
Peer Navigation Program from Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
Legislative Calls to Resume When Legislature Returns
Highlights of Recently Enacted Legislation: L.D. 911 (c. 267) Prohibiting Gifts to Practitioners from Sellers
Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
New Free CME on Alzheimer's Risk, Detection, and Management
Webinar on Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety: Wednesday, December 13
Chief Executive Officer - Pines Health Services
Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
Family Medicine Physician/Clinician Leader
BE/BC Family Practitioner - Lewiston, ME
Primary Care Physician - Eastern Maine Medical Center
Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician
Palliative Care Provider
Gastroenterologist - Brunswick, ME
Hospitalist - Brunswick, ME
DO or MD Physician - Augusta, ME
Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
Physiatrist - Brunswick, Maine
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

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Congressional Stopgap Spending Plan Fails to Include CHIP 2018 Funding

The stopgap measure “simply calls on the Health and Human Services Department to re-allocate any remaining funds to the most desperate states.” The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement saying, “The short-term funding agreement to fund the government until Dec. 22 only includes a patchwork measure to provide funding to a handful of states.” The American Academy of Pediatrics added that the following states may run out of funding by the end of the year: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Utah. NBC News quotes Dr. Lanre Falusi, a Washington, DC area pediatrician and spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics, who said, “There’s a huge domino effect here. Playing politics and kicking the can down the road…will surely have long term health adverse outcomes for these kids.”

CNBC (12/8, Mangan) reported that “HHS so far has not said what states will get any such re-allocated money or how much is available.” CNBC also mentions the list of states from the American Academy of Pediatrics that “are on the verge of running out of their existing CHIP funds by the end of the year.”


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