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July 22, 2019

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Court Upholds non-ACA-Compliant Short-term Health Plan Rules
This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
Opponents of New Vaccine Bill Seek Repeal; Petitions Circulated
Governor's Opioid Summit Draws over 1,150 to Augusta Civic Center
CMS Expands Scope of Approved Ambulatory BP Monitoring
MMA Hosts 16th Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Maine Medical Education Trust Scholarships
MICIS Individual Academic Detailing Sessions on Opioid Topics
2019 Mary Cushman, MD Award - Final Week to Submit a Nomination
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Quality Counts: Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training, ECHO Program
ACU Annual Conference is taking place in Washington, DC from July 28th-31st
MICIS Opioid Education Presentations Available
Complex Mental and Behavioral Health Needs of Maine Youth - August 16
Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI) Training Program - October 9
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital seeks a BC/BE General Surgeon
Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
Physician
Physician Director of Primary Care
Nurse Practitioner
Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Court Upholds non-ACA-Compliant Short-term Health Plan Rules

According to the AP (7/20), a federal judge ruled on Friday that rules issued by the Trump administration last year making short-term health insurance plans more attractive are allowed to be implemented. The new rules mean “the plans now are good for up to 12 months and may be renewed for 36 months. But they don’t have to cover people with pre-existing conditions or provide basic benefits like prescription drugs.”

The Wall Street Journal (7/19, Armour, Subscription Publication) reported the short-term health plans do not comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because they do not include certain required benefits.

The Hill (7/19, Hellmann) reported U.S. District Judge Richard Leon wrote in the decision, “Not only is any potential negative impact from the 2018 rule minimal, but its benefits are undeniable.” Meanwhile, the “insurers who sued the administration said this put them at an unfair disadvantage because they’re required to cover these services and must charge higher premiums.” Moreover, “they argued the availability of short-term plans could draw away their healthy, young customers who might not feel like they need comprehensive insurance.”

 

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