September 9, 2020

In This Issue
167th Annual Session Registration is Open!
AMA Women In Medicine Month: MMA Recognizes President Amy Madden, M.D.
With Deadline Approaching, Governor Mills Encourages Maine Small Businesses to Apply for Economic Recovery Grant Program
Register for Maine’s New PMP System Now
Congressional Gridlock For New Coronavirus Relief Bill
AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine study paused after one illness
CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls - September
COVID-19 Could Reverse Decades of Progress toward Eliminating Preventable Child Deaths, Agencies Warn
Complete the 2020 Census by September 30
Baystate Financial – Fiscal Fitness for Life
MMA 2021 Legislative Priorities Due Sep 25th
Want To Vote By Mail? Here's How
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Personal Risk Assessment - Baystate Financial Webinar on September 15
Webinar Series: Telehealth Practice Innovations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Maine AAP Virtual CME Conference - Sept 26 & 27
ME DHHS Webinar: Strategies for Addressing Disparate Impacts of COVID 19
Upcoming Events from the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME)
Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention conference - Thursday, October 1
Family Medicine Physician at Greater Portland Health
Medical Director - Bucksport Regional Health Center

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MMA 2021 Legislative Priorities Due Sep 25th

Despite conflicting rumblings as to whether the Maine Legislature will reconvene before November, the MMA has shifted its focus toward the preparation of a 2021 Legislative Platform. Nearly everything you do each day, from initial licensing through retirement is governed or directed by some federal or state law, or rule/regulation. In politics, people and professions are often in a position where either they can influence decisions made on their behalf or have someone else make them for you. 

It is of paramount importance that all professional associations develop a clear process on developing a strategic plan for policy advocacy. We continue to welcome all Maine specialty societies, MMA committees, and each individual MMA member to identify two or three priority issues, what change is needed, how to change it, and what personal or organizational resources and relationships may be available to help MMA by September 25. 

Following receipt of all priority issues, the MMA’s Legislative Committee will review submissions in early October to narrow topics down to between 5 and 10 to help guide the MMA Board in its process to finalize and approve MMA’s 2021 Legislative Platform during its late October meeting. 

The final 2021 Legislative Platform will then be used to inform and familiarize legislative decision makers and the Governor’s office with your policy priorities for the next biennial legislative session. If elected officials and state department leaders are not given a clear sense of what benefits your patients, there is always a risk of getting ‘solutions’ that may make a problem worse or create new problems. 

All MMA members are also invited to reach out directly to MMA Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin with policy ideas, suggestions, or background for any particular issues. He can be reached at dmorin@mainemed.com or (207) 838-8613 -call/text-. 


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