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October 21, 2019

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Celebrating 65 Years of MMA Leadership Gala Headlines Week of Activities at MMA
Vaccine "Skeptics" Qualify for March 3rd Ballot
Surprise Medical Bills: Physicians Want Market-Based Fixes
This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
News From The Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine
MMA Gala October 26th - Tickets Still Available
MaineCare Adds Buprenorphine/Naloxone Tablets to Preferred List
Still Time to Register for MICIS/Qualidigm Opioid Webinars
MMA "Listening Session" in Portland on Friday, October 25
Celebration for Our Healthy Future Thursday, October 17th Honors Lani Graham, M.D.
From The Alzheimer's Association: Diagnosing Patients with Dementia
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
Maine Legislature's List of Bill Titles Proposed for 2020 Session
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
CDC to offer webinar on new law requiring Lead Testing for all 1 & 2 year olds - October 21
MICIS: 2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update 10/24 Dedham, 10/30 Portland, 3 November Dates
Qualidigm Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training
Celebrate 65 Years of MMA Executive Leadership on Oct. 26. Tickets Available Now
Obesity Medicine: There is no 'one size fits all' - Monthly Lecture Series Beginning November 13th
MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and the Maine CDC/Sweetser to offer training for clinicians.
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital seeks a BC/BE General Surgeon
Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
Physician
Nurse Practitioner
Physician Director of Primary Care
Full-time, Part-time and Leadership Opportunities for Physicians
Medical Director - Bucksport, ME
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 
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Vaccine "Skeptics" Qualify for March 3rd Ballot

Supporters of a bid to overturn Maine's recent vaccine exemption law turned in over 79,000 valid signatures, well over the 63,067 needed to get the initiative on the ballot in the next statewide election after November, slated to take place on March 3, 2020. The MMA strongly urges its members to oppose the referendum by voting "No."

Many MMA members and others supported the passage of LD 798, which eliminates non-medical exemptions from school and healthcare employment vaccine requirements. The MMA membership passed a resolution at the September 2019 Annual Session decrying this attempt to roll back medical science and public health.

The opposition is being spearheaded by Maine Families for Vaccines PAC, a multidisciplinary group that includes parents, healthcare professionals, and public health experts. Donations may be submitted by going to mainefamiliesforvaccines.com. The group expects that over $1 million will be raised and spent by those who believe vaccines should not be required for school attendance or healthcare employment.

Questions about the referendum may be directed to MMA General Counsel Peter Michaud at pmichaud@mainemed.com .

Meanwhile, the national picture is not pretty. Here's the latest from the AMA publication, Morning Rounds:

Vaccine exemption rates continue to increase, CDC report says

CNN (10/17, Howard) reports on its website that “there has been a small increase in vaccine exemption rates among kindergarteners in the United States, according to” the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report “shows that rates of young children not receiving vaccinations against certain diseases, including measles, continued to climb in recent years.” The CDC found that “for the 2018-2019 school year, the national percentage of kindergartners with an exemption from one or more required vaccines was 2.5%, which was a slight increase from 2.3% during the previous school year and 2.1% in the 2016-2017 school year.”

(Maine exemption rates are over 5%.)

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