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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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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Community Health Options to Continue Participation in ACA Marketplace

A report issued on May 23 by the Congressional Budget Office estimates that Congress's repeal of the ACA individual mandate penalty as part of the tax reform law will cause individual policy premiums to increase by an average of about 10 percent nationwide. Other studies have estimated that the Trump administration's plan to allow short-term, limited-covered health insurance policies to be used as a replacement for ACA insurance in 2019 will cause individual premiums to increase by another 6 percent for the average 40 year old in Maine.
 
Approximately 76,000 Mainers had individual coverage in the first quarter of this year, compared with 85,000 a year earlier, according to Maine Bureau of Insurance data. In addition, another 60,000 Mainers had ACA-compliant coverage through their employers in the small group market, also representing a reduction of 8 percent from the previous year.
 
The two plans have until June 4 to submit their 2019 rate requests to the Bureau.
 
The federal Department of Health and Human Services recently issued rules for the 2019 Health Insurance Market Place as well as the 2019 Letter for issuers on the federally facilitated exchange. Changes include providing states with more flexibility to alter the essential health benefits provided for in the ACA, modifying the availability of special enrollment periods and expanding the types of entities that may be navigators.
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