|October 15, 2018
Legislature's Health Care Reform Task Force has Conversation with MMA
The 128th Maine Legislature's Health Care Reform Task Force held its most recent meeting last Tuesday, October 2, 2018 during which members discussed reports from its subcommittees, its final report, and the potential for continuing a bipartisan health care reform discussion in the 129th Legislature. The legislature created this Health Care Reform Task Force by Joint Order because of bipartisan frustration in the Insurance & Financial Services Committee with aspects of the current health care system in our country. IFS Committee members Representatives Bob Foley (R) and Heather Sanborn (D), as well as Senator Geoff Gratwick, M.D. have been primary advocates of this effort.
Although the MMA was not represented on the Task Force, we were offered an opportunity to share the MMA perspective on health care reform last Tuesday. MMA Deputy EVP & General Counsel Andrew MacLean and Philip Caper, M.D. testified before the Task Force about the MMA's current health care reform policy statement, a Statement on Reform of the U.S. Health Care System, developed by an ad hoc committee of MMA members in 2016 and adopted by the MMA board of directors in early 2017. Dr. Caper was a member of the ad hoc committee that drafted the current policy statement. Task Force members were interested to hear the MMA's perspective on health care reform and were happy to have physicians engaged in the conversation.
The MMA leadership would like to hear physicians' opinions about this policy statement and the ongoing health care reform debate in our country. If you would like to share your views on this topic, please contact Andrew MacLean, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-622-3374, ext. 214.< Previous Article | Next Article >
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