July 22, 2019

In This Issue
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
MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
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
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 Director of Primary Care
Nurse Practitioner
Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

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Opponents of New Vaccine Bill Seek Repeal; Petitions Circulated

People opposing the new Maine law (passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor) eliminating non-medical exemptions to vaccine requirements are out in force, trying to gather enough petition signatures to force a "people's veto" referendum of the law. The group calls itself "Mainers for Health and Parental Rights."

Signature gatherers have been observed at farmers' markets and other public events, including the Yarmouth Clam Festival this past weekend. Observers report that the law is being presented as having stripped physicians of their right to decide if vaccines are appropriate for their patients and as requiring health department approval of any medical exemptions. Both of these statements are untrue.

A flier being circulated with the petition states that the repeal effort is supported by "countless" physicians and nurses. It states that the bill was "pushed through the legislature despite overwhelming opposition by the Citizens of Maine." You can read the flier at www.veto798maine.com.

Some gatherers are reported to be saying that repeal is supported by an "overwhelming majority" of Mainers. One person reported she was told, "It's not about being for or against vaccines, it's about giving people the choice."

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