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May 29, 2018

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Community Health Options to Continue Participation in ACA Marketplace
Wording Proposed by Secretary of State for Home Health Referendum
MMA Past President Dr. Charles Pattavina Testifies to U.S. Senate Committee
CMS Releases SIM Report
Shaun Alfreds Appointed as Head of HealthInfoNet
Update Will Change Buprenorphine MME Display in Most State PMPs
Int’l Mediterranean Diet Month: Making the Case for a Healthy Diet as a Tool for Diabetes Prevention
New Interactive Online Course Ups Physicians’ Nutrition Knowledge, Supports Patients in Diabetes Prevention
128th MAINE LEGISLATURE
Legislative Report: Appropriations Committee Meets May 30th
UPCOMING EVENTS
One River, One Ocean: June 2-14, 2018
HPV Summit in Brewer June 7th
Wednesday, June 13 in Augusta: Next Steps in Addressing Maine's Opioid Crisis
X Waiver Course in Waterville June 16th
MCMI Training Programs - Level 1 and Level 2 - June 22
New Free CME on Alzheimer's Risk, Detection, and Management
Peer Navigation Program from Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)
Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
Northern New England Society of Addiction Medicine 2018 Annual Conference & Meeting - Nov 2-3
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Behavioral Health Consultant
Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician Opportunity
Ob/Gyn Physician Opportunity
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
Family Practice Physician - Bucksport Regional Health Center
Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician
Psychiatry Faculty, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Psychiatric Medical Director
Maine's Largest FQHC in need of Physician for Geriatric Program
Multiple Family Med Opportunities in Beloved Community Health Centers
Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

 
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Wording Proposed by Secretary of State for Home Health Referendum

The proposed wording of the ballot question is, "Do you want to create the Universal Home Care Program, which will provide services to people with disabilities and senior citizens who need daily assistance in their homes, funded by a new tax of 3.8% on individual income over $128,400?" The initiative was drafted by the Maine People's Alliance and was presented during the second regular session of the 128th Legislature but was never given a public hearing. The title of the bill is, "An Act to Establish Universal Home Care for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities."
 
Comments on the wording of the question will be accepted through June 15.  The wording could be revised, based upon those comments.
 
MMA has not yet taken a position on the referendum question. The Maine State Chamber of Commerce and the Maine Hospital Association along with several other organizations have formed a coalition to oppose the referendum. It is anticipated that MMA will take a position prior to or at the Annual Meeting in September (September 7-9) in Bar Harbor. Member input will be widely sought prior to a position being taken. 
 
 At a press conference on May 3, opponents of the ballot initiative focused on their claim that the proposed law was unconstitutional and would violate federal medical privacy laws.
 
 
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