March 11, 2020

In This Issue
WHO Daily Situation Report COVID-19
What Healthcare Personnel Should Know about Caring for Patients with Confirmed or Possible COVID-19 Infection
COVID-19 Response News Alert: CMS Issues Frequently Asked Questions to Assist Medicare Providers
Maine's Weekly Influenza Report
Postponement of 10th Annual Maine Patient Safety Academy on March 30th
Invitations To Respond to the 2020 Census To Be Delivered March 12-20
Nominations for the MMA 2020 Mary Cushman Award for Humanitarian Service
Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Tuesday, March 17th
State House Highlights of the Week
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Register now for Revealing a Path Forward: Maine's Annual Conference on Problem Gambling - March 27th
Targeted Basic Skills Training: Addressing Nicotine and Tobacco Use through Prevention, Policy and Treatment Initiatives - March 31st
April 10th: Building Hope Across Populations-Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention 2020
Maine Suicide Prevention Program Training for Clinicians
BC/BE Family Medicine Physician - Lovejoy Health Center
Family Medicine Outpatient Physician
Medical Director, Primary Care Physician
Physician - Nasson Health Care
Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
Orthopedic Surgeon Opportunity in Beautiful New England
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health - Portland, ME

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State House Highlights of the Week

The Legislative committees’ deadline to vote on all bills under their control has passed. Many have been sent for full votes in the House and Senate chambers but quite a few remain stuck in committees. Some await a price tag, while amendments are still being discussed for others. Those two issues are not mutually exclusive for some pieces of legislation. To date there have been 2,150 bill introduced during the current biennial Session.

Here is an update of recent actions on bills of interest to MMA. Please do not hesitate to contact Dan Morin at (207) 838-8613 (24/7) or by email at dmorin@mainemed.com on any of these bills. Bills can also be followed on our LD Tracker which can be found on the MMA website. 

Bills MMA Supports

LD 2007—An Act To Enact the Made for Maine Health Coverage Act and Improve Health Choices in Maine

(Dr. Karen Saylor testimony)

>Unanimously passed by Committee with minor amendments

LD 1957—An Act To Provide Women Access to Affordable Postpartum Care

(Dr. Connie Adler testimony)

>Passed first reading in both House & Senate

LD 1948An Act To Prohibit, Except in Emergency Situations, the Performance without Consent of Certain Examinations on Unconscious or Anesthetized Patients

(Dr. Jay Naliboff testimony; Dan Morin testimony; Hannah Martin testimony)

>Enacted by both House & Senate; on way to the Governor’s desk

LD 1937An Act To Provide Timely Access to Behavioral Health Services for Maine Children and To Address Trauma and the Impacts of the Opioid Crisis

(Dr. Deborah Hagler testimony)

>Passed to be engrossed by House & Senate

LD 1946 An Act To Improve Access to Mental and Behavioral Health Care by Providing Care in Clinical Reproductive and Sexual Health Care Settings

(Dr. Norma Dreyfus testimony)

>Committee voted Ought Not to Pass

LD 1387 – An Act To Increase Access to Safe and Affordable Prescription Drugs

(Dr. Hani Jarawan testimony)

>Placed in legislative files—DEAD

LD 1492An Act To Reform Drug Sentencing Laws

(Dr. Lani Graham & Dan Morin appeared to provide comments)

>Additional Committee Work Session scheduled; bill held for further review & possible amendments

LD 2046—An Act Regarding Immunizations

(Dan Morin testimony)

>Committee hearing held

LD 1957 An Act To Provide Women Access to Affordable Postpartum Care

(Dr. Connie Adler testimony)

> Amended version passed in House & engrossed by Senate

LD 2096An Act To Save Lives by Capping the Out-of-pocket Cost of Certain Medications

>Additional Work Session scheduled

LD 2105An Act To Protect Consumers from Surprise Emergency Medical Bills

(Dr. Jay Mullen testimony)

>Additional Work Session scheduled

LD 2106An Act Regarding Prior Authorizations for Prescription Drugs

(Dan Morin testimony)

>Additional Work Session scheduled

Bills MMA Opposed

LD 2110—An Act To Lower Health Care Costs

(Dan Morin testimony)

>Work Session TBD

Bills MMA determined Neither for Nor Against


LD 2111An  Act To Establish Patient Protections in Billing for Health Care

>Committee voted Ought to Pass as Amended


LD 1950An Act To Advance Palliative Care Utilization in the State

>Committee has reported out the bill—Ought Not to Pass

LD 2117—An Act To Expand and Rename the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program

(Dan Morin testimony)

>Committee hearing held


LD 2085An Act To Ensure Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Care and Education in All Maine's Jails and State Correctional and Detention Facilities

(Dan Morin testimony)

>Work Session scheduled

LD 1961—An Act To Establish the Trust for a Healthy Maine

(Dan Morin testimony)

>Additional Work Session held


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