February 11, 2019

In This Issue
Governor Mills Issues Executive Order to Implement Immediate Responses to Opioid Epidemic
Maine Attorney General Releases Overdose Death Report for First Three-Quarters of 2018
Historical Society Exhibit on Medical Stories of Maine
New State Biennial Budget Proposes Funds for Medicaid Expansion, Opioid Response
New 2019 Post-surgical Opioid Prescribing Recommendations
MMA Wants Your Feedback: Physician Wellness Survey
MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, February 12th
Report from the State House
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Webinar Presented by Baystate Financial - Sources of Retirement Income - Tuesday, February 12th
Identifying Substance Use Early Saves Lives! - SBIRT with Motivational Interviewing Training - 1-day Sessions Offered on March 2 and April 6
NAMI Maine’s Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention Conference - Friday, April 12, 2019
Psychiatric Mental Health NP - Leeds
PCHC in need of Pediatrician at Multiple Locations!
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
Full-time Board Certified/Board Eligible MD/DO
Outpatient Family Medicine - Brunswick, Maine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

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MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, February 12th

MMA Legislative Committee Chairs Jay Mullen, M.D. and Lindsey Tweed, M.D. welcome you to participate in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee.

The last MMA Legislative Committee weekly conference call for the First Regular Session of the 129th Maine Legislature will take place Tuesday, February 12th, at 8:00 p.m.

Legislative Committee members and specialty society legislative liaisons are strongly encouraged to participate. Any physician, practice manager, or other staff member who is interested in the MMA's legislative advocacy also is welcome to participate. It is not necessary to RSVP for the calls.

Please use the following conference call number and passcode. These will remain the same for every weekly call during the session.

Conference call number: 1-603-766-5646

Participant ID - 699139#

The purpose of the weekly conference calls is to discuss the MMA's position on bills printed the previous week, to hear the views of specialty societies on the new bills or their concerns about any current health policy issues, and to discuss the highlights of legislative action of the week. The calls rarely last longer than an hour.

The following are bills of interest to the physician community printed last week. (For those not familiar with the term, a "concept draft" is a bill that contains only a title and a brief description of what it is intended to do. It does not contain the actual bill text.) We will discuss the priority bills marked with an asterisk (*) first. This will be important when the list grows in the next few weeks.

Following are the bills of the week: 

February 12, 2019

LD 630: An Act To Clarify That Food and Food Products Containing Hemp-derived Cannabidiol Produced and Sold within the State Are Not Adulterated and To Match the State's Definition of "Hemp" to the Definition in Federal Law. Reverses recent state action that required CBD-containing foods to be removed from sale due to differences between state and federal law.

LD 631: An Act To Fund the Operations of the Tick Identification Laboratory in the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Laboratory. Establishes a new lottery game to fund tick-borne disease research.

LD 633: An Act To Create a Permanent Navigator Position within the Department of Health and Human Services. As stated, for child placement work.

*LD 641: An Act To Save Lives through Epinephrine Autoinjector Accessibility. Authorizes pharmacists to prescribe and dispense "epi pens", and funds their free distribution.

LD 642: An Act Regarding Kindergarten Readiness for Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Requires Commissioner of Education to report annually to Legislature and to establish a task force to develop standards regarding such children.

LD 643: An Act To Provide Funding to Municipalities Severely Affected by Pest Infestations. Establishes Maine Harmful Pest Management Fund to help municipalities with pest management.

*LD 646: An Act To Improve Trust with Regard to Home Visitation by the Department of Health and Human Services by Requiring That Certain Visits Be Videotaped. Requires video recording of all home visit interviews relating to allegations of child abuse or neglect.

LD 653: Resolve, To Establish the Task Force To Study Opportunities for Improving Home and Community-based Services. As stated.

*LD 659: An Act Regarding the Use of Interchangeable Biological Products. Allows pharmacist substitution of biologically interchangeable products.

*LD 666: An Act To Protect Pregnant Workers. Prohibits discrimination and requires reasonable accommodation for pregnancy-related conditions.

LD 668: Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Convene a Work Group To Study Improving Traffic Safety for Color-blind Drivers. Relates to perception of traffic lights by colorblind drivers.

*LD 673: An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Circumstances of Death That Must Be Reported to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner. Modifies list of circumstances that require reporting, removes long term alcohol-related death and death within 24 hours of hospital admission.

LD 674: An Act To Improve the E-9-1-1 System. Concept draft, to upgrade system.

LD 681: An Act To Amend the Maine Dental Education Loan Program. Clarifies underserved areas, increases maximum loan amount.

LD 682: An Act To Provide Seniors and Certain Persons with Disabilities Assistance with Property Taxes through the Deferral of Those Taxes. Reinstates pre-1991 property tax deferral program.

*LD 683: An Act To Provide Social Workers to Persons with Mental Illness to Help Them Avoid Incarceration. Concept draft.

*LD 684: Resolve, Relating to the Prevention and Management of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Requires DHHS to develop recommendations.

LD 688: An Act To Set Maine Dental Provider Licensing Fees. Limits licensing fees for hygienists to $150.

LD 692: Resolve, To Address Reimbursement Rates for Licensed Clinical Social Workers under MaineCare. Requires higher rates from MaineCare.

LD 697: Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Conduct a Review of Rules Governing In-home Personal Care Assistance Services. As stated, for quality and protection purposes.

*LD 699: Resolve, To Provide for Outreach Programs To Assist Women at Risk of Giving Birth to Substance-exposed Infants. $160K per year for contracts with community based service providers.

LD 701: An Act To Modernize the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. Requires Department of Education to develop Internet-based applications.

*LD 705: An Act Regarding the Process for Obtaining Prior Authorization for Health Insurance Purposes. Requires electronic transmission system for drugs and services and reduction of carrier response time.

*LD 706: An Act To Reduce the Incidence of Obesity and Chronic Disease in the State. MaineCare reimbursement for medical nutritional therapy and prescription drug therapy for obesity.

*LD 711: Resolve, To Establish a Commission To Study and Recommend a Minimum Age for Participation in Tackle Football. As stated.

LD 717: An Act To Provide Comprehensive Mental Health Treatment Reform. Concept draft, to develop crisis service system

LD 719: An Act To Amend the Adult Use Marijuana Law. Concept draft, no details.

LD 720: An Act Regarding Maine's Adult Use Marijuana Law. Concept draft, no details.

LD 726: An Act To Make Sales to Area Agencies on Aging Tax-exempt. As stated.

LD 730: An Act To Create the Substance Use Disorders Cabinet. As stated.

LD 738: Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Health and Human Services To Convene a Study Group To Review the Crisis Response System in the State. As stated, to address mental health crisis response.

LD 743: An Act To Create Local Options in E-9-1-1 Protocol Mandates. Concept draft, to allow increased flexibility.

*LD 745: An Act To Support the Northern New England Poison Center. $281K appropriation.

*LD 747: An Act To Promote the Safe Use and Sale of Firearms. Criminalizes transfers of firearms to prohibited persons, increases fine for giving false name.

LD 761:  An Act To Clarify and Affirm Medicaid Eligibility for Incarcerated Individuals. Allows renewal and application during incarceration.

LD 763:  An Act To Ensure the Availability of Community Integration Services. Rate increase.

LD 765:  Resolve, To Revise Asset Limits for Social Service Programs. Requires review by DHHS.

LD 773:  An Act Regarding Secondary School Education Concerning Sexual Activity and Sexual Assault. Requires content on specific aspects of sexuality and substance use.

*LD 775:  An Act To Expand Community Support Services for Certain Adult Members of the MaineCare Program. Requires inclusion of bipolar, major depressive, panic, and post-traumatic stress disorders.

LD 778:  An Act To Create the Fund for Municipalities To Improve Pedestrian Safety. As stated.

LD 786:  An Act To Reduce Hunger and Promote Maine Agriculture. $5M over 2 years for grants to local programs and purchases from Maine producers.

*LD 787:  An Act To Support Victims of Child Sexual Abuse. Allows testimony by recording of victim under 16. Requires availability at trial for cross examination, with exceptions.

LD 788:  An Act To Authorize the Use of Handheld Narcotics Analyzers. Allows admissibility and inference of accuracy.

LD 793:  An Act To Improve Accountability of Opioid Manufacturers. Prohibits false advertising, excessive distribution, and failure to report unreasonable orders. Retroactive to 1985.

LD 797:  An Act To Limit Greenhouse Gas Pollution and Effectively Use Maine's Natural Resources. Requires reduction by 80% from 1990 to 2050.


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