December 17, 2018

In This Issue
Governor-Elect Mills Nominates Jeanne Lambrew, PhD as HHS Commissioner
MMA Holiday Hours
U.S. Federal Court in Texas Strikes Down the Affordable Care Act
Maine on the Short End of Federal Opioid Funding
Important Notification to Physicians & Staff from CMS
PCSS Offers Free 8-hour X-waiver Course for MAT
Measles Cases Rise, Pockets of Vaccine Refusal Threaten Community Health
End-of-year CME Opportunities Available Through AMA
AMA Podcast on Alternative Payment Models
Legislative Leaders Selected; Constitutional Officers Elected
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety - Monday, December 17 5pm Augusta
Enrollment Underway for Maine’s Physician Executive Leadership Institute - The Advanced Course - Deadline for Enrollment: January 30, 2019
Identifying Substance Use Early Saves Lives! - SBIRT with Motivational Interviewing Training - 1-day Sessions Offered on Feb 2, Mar 2, Apr 6
Urgent Care Physician - South Portland, ME
Full-time Board Certified/Board Eligible MD/DO
Outpatient Family Medicine - Brunswick, Maine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
Primary Care Physician – Family Practice
Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants or Nurse Practitioners in multiple locations – BlueWater Emergency Partners
Physician – Leeds
Psychiatric Mental Health NP - Leeds
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
Internal Medicine MD or DO (BE/BC)
Anesthesiologist - Kennebec Anesthesia Associates PA
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

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U.S. Federal Court in Texas Strikes Down the Affordable Care Act

Governor-elect Janet Mills did not mince words in expressing her opinion of the decision: "This is a backward, poorly-reasoned decision," she said, "but it does not change the fact that the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land." Senator Angus King also tweeted that the ruling, while concerning, "...WILL NOT impact ACA plans for 2019." A variety of legal experts, both liberal and conservative, have raised serious questions about the legal reasoning in the decision.

The 55-page opinion by U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor stated that the elimination of the penalty for not having health insurance made the entire law invalid. Supporters of the ACA called the ruling "misguided" and said they will appeal it. Senator Susan Collins, who voted recently to repeal the individual mandate, stated Sunday that she was confident the ruling would be reversed on appeal. Any appeal would go first to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, then possibly to the U.S. Supreme Court, which in an earlier case upheld the ACA as constitutional. The Trump administration has said it will continue to enforce the law until the appeal process has run its course.

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