February 19, 2021

In This Issue
Urge Your State Legislators To Oppose The Elimination of Training for Nurse Practitioners
Maine DHHS Releases “Community Based Collaboration” Vaccine Request Form
Bangor Daily News: “Maine Docs Remind Parents to Catch Up Kids On Shots Amid Pandemic”
Maine PMP to Stay with Appriss System
Medscape: Volunteer Vaccinators Run into Hurdles
CMS Special Enrollment Period for Marketplace Coverage 2021
AMA: This Week’s Top Articles from JAMA Network
AMA: Which Factors Do Applicants Weigh Most When Picking Residency Programs?
York Hospital Announces Appointment of Patrick A. Taylor, MD, MBA, as President and CEO
Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Wednesday, February 24th
Next Maine CDC COVID-19 Update for Clinicians with Stephen Sears, MD scheduled for Feb 25
FDA Health Equity and COVID-19 Webinar on 2/25 at 6:00 p.m. EST
Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership’s Renowned Physician Executive Leadership Institute – The Advanced Course Enrollment is OPEN
PPE Available Through the MMA & ActionPPE
A Message from Maine Responds: Volunteer Opportunity
Maine Legislature Week 6 Update
Upcoming Public Hearings & Work Sessions
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Maine CDC Physicians To Host Regular Clinician COVID Vaccine Info Sessions
Suicide Prevention and Management in Healthcare Practice Settings: A Comprehensive Evidence-Based Approach
Maine CDC Annual Prevention Professionals Conference - March 2nd-3rd
AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)
Nursing Director
Medical Director - Bucksport Regional Health Center
Rangeley Family Medicine seeks Physician

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Upcoming Public Hearings & Work Sessions

The following bills of interest to MMA have been scheduled for public hearings and/or work sessions before legislative committees of policy jurisdiction.

Also listed below are new bills of interest printed this week being monitored and considered by the MMA Legislative Committee and MMA Board of Directors. They will potentially be reviewed and discussed during MMA’s weekly MMA Legislative Policy Feedback Call this Wednesday.

Week of February 22 – February 26

Monday, February 22

10:00 AM – State and Local Government

LD 315, Resolve, To Require State Departments To Report on Rule Changes within State Government since the Beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, February 23


9:30 AM – Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business

LD 273 An Act To Sustain the Doctors for Maine's Future Scholarship Program—MMA Supports

10:00 AM – Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services

LD 274 Resolve, Directing the Maine Health Data Organization To Determine the Best Methods and Definitions To Use in Collecting Data To Better Understand Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Provision of Health Care in Maine


11:00 AM – Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services

LD1 An Act To Establish the COVID-19 Patient Bill of Rights

LD172 An Act To Improve Prescription Information Access (Work Session)

LD178 An Act To Reduce Waste of Prescription Medications (Work Session)—MMA Opposed

Wednesday, February 24


1:00 PM – Health and Human Services

LD 265, An Act To Provide Women Access to Affordable Postpartum Care—MMA Supports

LD 372, An Act to Provide Maine Children Access to Affordable Health Care—MMA Supports

1:00 PM – Judiciary

LD 366, An Act Regarding Emergency Guardianship—MMA ‘Watch & Act’


Thursday, February 25,


10:00 AM – Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services

LD 295 An Act To Repeal Restrictions That Prohibit Certain Advanced Practice Registered Nurses from Providing Essential Health Care Services (Work Session) —MMA Opposed

11:00 AM – Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services

LD 352, An Act To Maintain the Integrity of the Individual and Small Group Health Insurance Markets

Tuesday, March 02


9:00 AM – Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

LD 316, An Act To Prohibit the Use of Chlorpyrifos

1:00 PM – Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services

LD38 An Act To Clarify the Timing of an Appeal of a Finding Regarding Involuntary Mental Health Treatment at a Designated Nonstate Mental Health Institution


Thursday, March 04

1:00 PM – Health and Human Services

LD38 An Act To Clarify the Timing of an Appeal of a Finding Regarding Involuntary Mental Health Treatment at a Designated Nonstate Mental Health Institution

LD 269 An Act to Prohibit Smoking in Bus Shelters

LD 450 An Act To Promote the Education of Patients by Primary Care and Urgent Care Physicians Regarding the Bone Marrow Transplant List

Please contact MMA Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin at dmorin@mainemed.com or by phone at 207-480-4199 for a copy of the amended bill, or more information on the bill, and potential comments and suggestions you may wish us to include with our public comments in support of the bill.


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