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April 3, 2021

In This Issue
Some Small Independent Physician Practices to Receive COVID Vaccines for Patients Next Week
Committee Reconsiders, & Unanimously Votes Down Nursing Practice Bill
COVID-19 Pre-Registration & Appointment System Website: VaccinateME
Maine Legislature “Adjourns” After Passing Two-Year State Budget; Committee Work Continues
Maine Community Action Partnership is Working for a Successful Vaccine Roll Out for All
Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Wednesday, April 7th
New Maine AAP Educational Webinar Series
PPE Available Through the MMA & ActionPPE
A Message from Maine Responds: Volunteer Opportunity
MAINE LEGISLATURE
Maine Legislature Week 12 Update
Newly Introduced Bills in the Maine Legislature Between March 12 and March 30
Maine Legislature Public Hearings and Work Sessions
UPCOMING EVENTS
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
AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Nurse Practitioner
Medical Director - ME License Required
Practice Administrator
Physician
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Belgrade Regional Health Center Seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)

 
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Newly Introduced Bills in the Maine Legislature Between March 12 and March 30

LD 1049 Resolve, To Promote the Education of Students Who Participate in Sex Education Classes Regarding Common Cancer Symptoms, the Bone Marrow Registry and Organ Donation 

LD 1052 An Act To Protect the Firearm Use and Possession Rights of Maine Citizens during an Emergency 

One-liner: Declares that the transport, storage, sale and transfer and other activities involving firearms, ammunition and components and accessories are considered essential business and services during a state of emergency declared by the Governor and prohibits the regulation, curtailment, seizure or other actions to restrict otherwise lawfully owned and possess firearms, ammunition and related components and accessors and related activities during a state of Emergency. 

LD 1059 An Act To Provide Substance Use Disorder Treatment to Adolescents—HHS 

CONCEPT DRAFT: Would require the DHHS to work with stakeholders to develop and fund a continuum of evidence-based treatment services for adolescents affected by substance use disorder. 

·         (PH) Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:00 AM 

LD 1064 An Act To Advance Palliative Care Utilization in the State—HHS 

One-liner: Directs the DHHS to provide reimbursement under the MaineCare program for palliative care for the entire interdisciplinary team as appropriate to the plan of care, regardless of setting, including hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient clinics and home care providers; and requires the department to adopt rules that support and standardize the delivery of palliative care in the State. 

·         (PH) Thursday, April 1, 2021 12:00 PM 

LD 1068 An Act To Restrict Access to Weapons Pursuant to Court Order in Cases of Harassment—JUD 

One-liner: Allows a court, in a protection from harassment order,  to direct a defendant not to possess a firearm, muzzle-loading firearm, bow, crossbow, or other dangerous weapon for the duration of the order. 

·         (PH) Tuesday, April 6, 2021 10:00 AM 

LD 1070 An Act To Make Assault on a Person 50 Years of Age or Older with a Preexisting Serious Medical Condition a Class C Crime—CJPS 

One-liner: Makes an assault on a person who is 50 years of age or older with a preexisting serious medical conditions a Class C crime. 

·         (PH) Monday, April 5, 2021 1:00 PM 

LD 1077 Resolve, To Promote Equity in COVID-19 Immunizations 

One-liner: (EMERGENCY) 1. Implements an outreach and education program, using existing resources, that is tailored to reach rural populations and historically vulnerably populations with information about where and ow to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, vaccine safety and prevention; 2. amends rules in Ch. 101 of MaineCare Benefits Manual to provide the activities associated with the administration of COVID-19 vaccines under the MaineCare program are reimbursed to the maximum extends allowable under federal law; 3. to report to the Joint Standing Committee of HHS on the progress the State is making in vaccinating state residents with COVID-19 vaccines beginning 7 days after the effective date of this legislation and every 6 weeks thereafter. 

LD 1080 Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Update the Rights of Recipients of Mental Health Services—HHS 

One-liner: Directs the DHHS to update the rights of recipients of mental health services regarding treatment, the delivery structure and entities that oversee the safe and effective delivery of mental health services, including to align the rights with contractual agreements with service providers. 

·         (PH) Wednesday, April 7, 2021 2:00 PM 

LD 1082 An Act To Improve Educational Opportunities by Exempting Children Who Attend Virtual Public Charter Schools from Immunization Requirements and Expanding Enrollment at Virtual Public Charter Schools—EDU 

LD 1085 An Act Relating to the Use of Genetic Information for Insurance Purposes—HCIFS 

One-liner: Repeals current law prohibiting discrimination by insurers on the basis of genetic information or testing and enacts a providing prohibiting (1/1/2022) insurers that issue individual or group hospital, health or dental insurance or life, credit life, disability, long-term-care, accidental injury, specified disease, hospital indemnity or credit accident insurance or annuities from canceling, limiting or denying coverage or establishing differentials in premium rates based on genetic information under certain circumstances and prohibiting such insurers from requesting, requiring, purchasing or otherwise soliciting genetic information in any manner for any insurance purpose. 

·         (PH) Wednesday, April 7, 2021 1:30 PM 

LD 1107 An Act To Create Needed Broadband Infrastructure in Rural Maine through the Establishment of a Satellite-based Broadband Grant Program 

One-liner: Establishes a satellite-based broadband grant program by the Public Utilities Commission, to provide grants of up to $500 to individuals for installation costs and other advance costs associated with the initial acquisition of broadband access from a satellite-based broadband provider. Grant priority is to be given to applicants from unserved or underserved areas of the State. Funding: One-time SGF of $1,000,000. 

·         (PH) Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:00 AM 

LD 1108 An Act To Promote Legislative Oversight of Federal COVID-19 Relief Funds 

One-liner: This bill requires that an expenditure proposed by the Governor from discretionary funds not otherwise earmarked for use by the State that are received directly by the State from the Federal Government due to the COVID-19 pandemic following the effective date of this Act must be approved by a majority vote of both houses of the Legislature. 

LD 1113 Resolve, To Direct the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations To Study and Propose Solutions to Disparities in Access to Prenatal Care in the State 

One-liner: Directs the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations to study disparities in access to prenatal care in the State. It authorizes the commission to submit legislation that serves to create equity in access to prenatal care in the State to the Second Regular Session of the 130th Legislature and allows the members of the commission to be reimbursed for their expenses incurred in this work. 

·         (PH) Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:00 AM

LD 1115 An Act To Improve Access to HIV Prevention Medications—HCIFS 

The bill requires that any drug formulary used in the MaineCare program must ensure that HIV prevention drugs are available to members covered by MaineCare. 

Requires health insurance carriers to provide coverage for an enrollee for HIV prevention drugs that have been determined to be medically necessary by a health care provider. A carrier is not required to cover a preexposure prophylaxis drug, also known as PrEP, more than a 60-day supply to a single enrollee every 2 years. 

If the FDA has approved one or more therapeutic equivalents of an HIV prevention drug, a carrier is not required to cover all the therapeutically equivalent drugs as long as the carrier covers at least one therapeutically equivalent drug at the tier with the lowest cost-sharing requirement on the carrier's prescription drug formulary. 

The bill also prohibits a carrier from imposing prior authorization or step therapy requirements on any HIV prevention drug, except that, if the FDA has approved one or more therapeutic equivalents of an HIV prevention drug, a carrier is required to cover at least one therapeutically equivalent drug without prior authorization or step therapy requirements. 

The bill's requirements regarding health insurance carriers apply to health plans issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2022. 

The bill also authorizes a pharmacist to dispense HIV prevention drugs under certain conditions without a prescription subject to rules for dispensing and protocols adopted by the Maine Board of Pharmacy. 

·         (PH) Thursday, April 8, 2021 10:00 AM 

LD 1117 An Act To Prevent Excessive Prices for Prescription Drugs—HCIFS 

One-liner: This bill prohibits excessive price increases for generic and off-patent prescription drugs sold in this State. The bill makes prescription drug manufacturers who violate the provisions subject to enforcement action by the Attorney General. 

·         (PH) Tuesday, April 13, 2021 10:00 AM 

LD 1118 An Act To Promote Reliable Rural High-speed Internet 

One-liner: This bill provides an income tax credit for high-speed Internet service providers who engage in a project approved by the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development that provides high-speed Internet service where the average number of potential customers per mile does not exceed 20 and the cost to the customers does not exceed the Consumer Price Index cost for high-speed Internet service in a metropolitan area. 

LD 1135 An Act Regarding Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services and Increasing Reimbursement Rates for Those Services—HHS 

One-liner: This bill codifies substance use disorder treatments to comply with trauma-informed principles of care according to the US DHHS SAMHSA. Also requires Maine DHHS MaineCare Chapter 101 rule, Section 65, Behavioral Health Services, to increase reimbursement for substance use disorder outpatient services by 25%; it also requires a 25% increase in reimbursement for services under Section 97, Private Non-Medical Institution Services, Appendix B, Principles of Reimbursement for Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities, except for detoxification services, and requires the methodology for reimbursement for detoxification services to be cost-based. 

The bill also requires the department to amend Section 97 rules, Private Non-Medical Institution Services, to change the limitations on the number of days for certain residential treatment services. 

·         (PH) Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:00 AM 

LD 1136 An Act To Promote Fairness in Income Tax Rates by Making Them More Progressive—TAX 

One-liner: This bill changes the individual income tax brackets to provide 4 brackets rather than 3. Adds a new bracket of 10.15% on taxable income exceeding $100,000 for single individuals and married persons filing separately, $150,000 for heads of households and $200,000 for individuals filing married joint returns and surviving spouses. 

LD 1140 An Act To Establish a Sales Tax Exemption for the Purchase of Firearm Safety Devices—TAX 

One-liner: Establishes a sales tax exemption for a safe, lockbox, trigger lock or barrel lock that is specifically designed for securing firearms. 

LD 1144 An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Advance Health Care Directives—JUD 

One-liner: A written individual instruction, advance health care directive or power of attorney for health care may be signed in the principal's conscious presence by another individual directed by the principal to sign the principal's name. 

An individual appearing via telecommunication who is able to verify or recognize the identity of the principal and assess the principal's capacity is considered to be in the principal's conscious presence. If necessary due to infectious disease protocols or other health concerns, an individual outside a hospital room where the patient who is the principal is located or in a location near the patient who is the principal is also considered to be in the principal's conscious presence if the individual can verify or recognize the identity of the principal and assess the principal's capacity. 

A witness may also appear via telecommunication if that witness is able to verify or recognize the identity of the principal and assess the principal's capacity. If necessary due to infectious disease protocols or other health concerns, an individual outside a hospital room where the patient is located or in a location near the patient may also act as a witness, if that witness is able to verify or recognize the patient's identity and assess the patient's capacity. 

LD 1147 Resolve, To Enhance Access to Medication Management for Individuals with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness—HHS 

One-liner: 25% rate increase for the medication management services MaineCare Section 65, Behavioral Health Services, and requires ME DHHS to amend its rules governing medication management services to respond to the increased demand and complexity of the need. The resolve also includes an appropriations and allocations section to reflect the cost of these changes. $3 million SGF over biennial ($5.4 federal funding). 

·         (PH) Monday, April 12, 2021 1:00 PM 

LD 1151 An Act To Lower Out-of-pocket Prescription Medicine Costs by Requiring Health Insurers To Offer Plans with No Deductibles—HCIFS 

One-liner: This bill requires carriers offering individual and group health plans in Maine to make available at least 50% of health plans in each market segment without deductibles for prescription drugs covered under those health plans. The bill also clarifies the treatment of copayments and coinsurance for prescription drugs under these plans. The requirements of the bill apply to plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2022. 

·         (PH) Thursday, April 8, 2021 10:00 AM 

LD 1158 An Act Regarding the Application of Certain Pesticides for Nonagricultural Use—ACF 

One-liner: This bill prohibits the use of persistent synthetic pesticides except pesticides that are used in the production of agricultural products. Directs the commissioner of ACF to convene a working group to review the composition of the Board of Pesticides Control with respect to whether the board equitably represents public, environmental and industry interests and to identify whether the service of any of the board members gives the appearance of a financial conflict of interest. The commissioner is required to report to the Committee on ACF with findings and recommendations. 

·         Tuesday, April 13, 2021 9:00 AM 

LD 1173 Resolve, To Develop a Plan To Treat in Maine Those Children with Behavioral Health Needs Currently Treated Outside the State—HHS 

One-liner: Requires DHHS to submit to the HHS Committee within 30 days after this legislation takes effect, a plan for implementing Resolve 2019, chapter 54. The law requires the department to coordinate with families of children who are receiving residential treatment services for behavioral health issues outside the State to develop plans to bring the children back to the State to receive the required services that would be received under MaineCare Section 97, Private Non-Medical Institution Services. Chapter 54 also requires the department to negotiate related reimbursement rates in order to provide services to the children. 

·         (PH) Wednesday, April 7, 2021 10:00 AM 

LD 1177 An Act To Increase Access to Intranasal Naloxone Hydrochloride for Syringe Services Programs 

One-liner: This bill allows hypodermic apparatus exchange programs and overdose prevention programs to distribute intranasal naloxone hydrochloride through vending machines in accordance with rules adopted by the Department of Health and Human Services. 

LD 1190 An Act To Support the Provision of Universal, Affordable Broadband Internet 

Concept draft proposes to enact measures to support the provision of universal, affordable broadband Internet. 

LD 1194 An Act To Reduce Health Care Worker Shortages 

One-liner: Makes permanent the authorization for licensing out-of-state and recently retired doctors, physician assistants and nurses that was provided through executive order during the declared state of civil emergency related to COVID-19. The bill also expands the scope of health care services that can be provided though telehealth to include the use of audio-only telephone. 

LD 1196 An Act Regarding Targets for Health Plan Investments in Primary Care and Behavioral Health—HCIFS 

One-liner: Requires health carriers to meet certain targets for investment and spending in primary care and behavioral health care beginning in plan year 2023 and through plan year 2026. Overall spending may not increase to meet the targets. 

The bill establishes a benchmark for combined spending in primary care and behavioral health care as a percentage of overall health spending. The benchmark is indexed to the median amount spent by carriers on primary care and behavioral health care for plan year 2019. The bill requires carriers to increase relative spending in these areas by at least 2% per year if spending is less than or equal to the median and at least 1% per year if spending is above the median. 

Beginning in plan year 2027, carriers are required to maintain, at a minimum, the total combined spending on primary care and behavioral health care achieved in plan year 2026. 

The bill prohibits the Superintendent of Insurance from approving health insurance rates filed by a carrier unless the carrier demonstrates that the targets have been met. The bill also authorizes a carrier to meet the spending targets by supplemental payments focused on primary care and behavioral health care. 

The bill also requires the MaineCare program and the state employee health plan to meet the same targets beginning in 2023. 

·         (PH) Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:00 AM 

LD 1226 Resolve, Directing the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations To Examine Restorative Justice 

One-liner: Directs the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations to conduct a review of proposed and passed national restorative justice legislation and make recommendations in the areas of education, juvenile justice, adult diversion, and correctional settings for advancing restorative justice legislation in this State. The commission is authorized to submit legislation based on its recommendations to the Second Regular Session of the 130th Legislature. 

LD 1229 An Act To Require Certain Medical Providers To Administer Ultrasounds and Provide Information to Certain Pregnant Patients—JUD 

One-liner: Requires a health care professional to ensure that a pregnant woman undergoes an ultrasound and receives information about alternatives to abortion, including parenting the child, at least 48 hours before she can have an abortion. The existence of a medical emergency eliminates the 48-hour waiting period. 

·         (PH) Wednesday, April 14, 2021 1:00 PM 

LD 1235 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Connect Maine with a World-class Internet Infrastructure 

One-Liner: Provides funds of $100,000,000 for world-class affordable high-speed internet infrastructure that will reach 98% of homes and businesses in the State within 5 years. *AARP Tweet

LD 1256, An Act Requiring Climate Impact Notes on Proposed Legislation and Agency Rules

One-liner: Requires a climate impact note on every rule proposed by a state agency and on all legislation that would have an apparent significant climate impact if implemented.

LD 1262, Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Develop a Comprehensive Statewide Strategic Plan To Serve Maine People with Behavioral Health Needs throughout Their Lifespans

One-Liner: Directs the DHHS, including the department’s Office of Child and Family Services, office of behavioral health and office of aging and disability services, and a variety of other interested parties and stakeholders, to develop a vision and comprehensive statewide strategic plan to serve people in the State with behavioral health needs throughout their lifespans.

(PH) Monday, April 12, 2021 1:00 PM

LD 1266, An Act To Improve the Value of Dental Insurance

(PH) Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:00 AM

LD 1268 An Act To Provide Greater Access to Treatment for Serious Mental Illness by Prohibiting an Insurance Carrier from Requiring Prior Authorization or Step Therapy Protocol

One-liner: Prohibits an insurance carrier from requiring prior authorization or step therapy protocol for the prescription of medication to assess or treat an enrollee's serious mental illness.

Note: "serious mental illness" means a mental disorder, as defined in the most recent edition of the DSM of Mental Disorders that results in serious functional impairment that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.

(PH) Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:00 AM

LD 1281, An Act To Prohibit Discriminatory Practices in Certain Health Insurance Policies—HCIFS

One-Liner: Establishes rating practices for employee benefit excess insurance, including maximum rate differentials for age, group size and tobacco use and requires the Superintendent of Insurance to hold a hearing if the superintendent finds that a filing does not meet the requirement that rates not be excessive, inadequate or discriminatory or that is violating a prohibited trade practice or is fraudulent and establishes the procedure and consequences for the hearing.

(PH) Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:00 AM

LD 1282, An Act To Prevent Underage Tobacco and Nicotine Access and Use—HHS

One-Liner: Amends the law governing the age-verification requirement for sales of tobacco products and establishes limits on the number of electronic nicotine delivery devices and nicotine liquid containers that may be sold in a single transaction.

(PH) Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:00 AM

LD 1286, Resolve, Directing the Department of Public Safety To Apply for an Exemption from Background Checks for Holders of Concealed Weapons Permits

One-Liner: Directs the Department of Public Safety to apply to the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for an exemption from background checks under the national instant criminal background check system for holders of concealed weapons permits when purchasing a firearm.

LD 1290, An Act To Amend the Statement of Purpose of the Maine Emergency Medical Services Act of 1982 To Include Emergency Responses That Do Not Require Transportation

One-Liner: Amends the statutory purpose of the Maine Emergency Medical Services Act of 1982 to provide that the treatment and non-transport of the sick and injured is a key element of an emergency medical services system.

LD 1292, An Act Regarding the Parental Right To Direct the Health Care of Children

One-Liner: Requires the DHHS to obtain permission from a parent or guardian before placing an infected minor in isolation during a public health emergency and prohibits physical examinations, surgical procedures, vaccine administrations, and drug prescriptions for a minor with parent or guardian permission as well as physician’s orders not to resuscitate, to withhold an artificial life-sustaining procedure or to withhold artificial nutrition or hydration.

LD 1293, An Act To Improve Access to Certain Injectable Medications for Treatment of Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder

One-Liner: Permits pharmacists licenses within the State to administer to adults injections of drugs approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of mental illness and substance use disorder upon the order of a licensed practitioner or as part of a collaborative practice agreement.

(PH) Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:00 AM

LD 1297, An Act To Provide Educational Opportunities for Family Members of Deceased Veterans, First Responders and Health Care Workers

LD 1298 An Act To Provide Funds for Community-based Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Services and To Reduce by Half the Funding for the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency

One-Liner; Provides funding for community-based substance use disorder treatment and recovery services by reducing by ½ the funding for the Department of Public Safety, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency

LD 1301 An Act To Support Transitional Housing for Persons Experiencing Abuse, Dangerous Living Conditions, Economic Insecurity Due to Divorce or Separation, Chronic Homelessness, Substance Use Disorder or Mental Disorders

One-Liner; Directs the DHHS to coordinate and arrange for transitional housing and services including jobs training and health care services for persons in need of transitional housing, including those experiencing abuse, dangerous living conditions, economic insecurity due to divorce or separation, chronic homelessness, substance use disorder or mental disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, in every county of the State of by region of all counties are a provider for. It also provides an ongoing appropriation of $8,000,000 beginning in the fiscal year 2022-23

LD 1302, Resolve, To Change the Educational Requirements of Certain Behavioral Health Professionals

LD 1306, An Act To Include Crisis Response Services in Emergency Services Offered through the E-9-1-1 System

One-liner: Amends law regulating the provision of emergency services under the State's E-9-1-1 system by including crisis response services as part of those emergency services to be offered to individuals experiencing mental health emergencies, emergencies relating to a substance use disorder or other emergencies for which fire, emergency medical or police services are determined not to be required.

NOTE: It also directs the Public Utilities Commission, Emergency Medical Services Communications Bureau to develop protocols and procedures necessary to ensure the efficient dispatch of such crisis response under E-9-1-1.

LD 1309, An Act To Address Systemic Racism and Improve Economic Prosperity

One-Liner: CONCEPT DRAFT

LD 1314, An Act To Require Dispatch Units To Employ a Person with a Social Work Background

One-Liner: Requires public safety answering points receiving 9-1-1 calls to determine whether a 9-1-1 call requires dispatch of social work services or other emergency or law enforcement services.

LD 1315, An Act To Protect Firearm Use and Possession Rights during a State of Emergency and Require a Two-thirds Vote by the Legislative Council To Declare or Extend a State of Emergency

One-Liner: Declares that the transport, storage, sale and transfer of and other activities involving firearms, ammunition and components and accessories are considered essential businesses and services during a state of emergency declared by the Governor and prohibits the regulation, curtailment, seizure, or other actions to restrict otherwise lawfully owned and possessed firearms, ammunition and related components and accessories and related activities during a state of emergency

LD 1317, An Act To Regulate Insurance Carrier Concurrent, Prepayment and Postpayment Review

(PH) Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:00 AM; HCIFS

LD 1327, An Act To Create the Maine Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Program

One-Liner: Creates a new loan repayment program for health care providers who agree to live and work in the State for a minimum of 5 years; under the program, the authority will pay up to $30,000 per year and the less of $150,000 in aggregate and 50% of the recipient’s outstanding loan balance.

LD 1331, An Act To Make Individual and Small Group Health Insurance More Affordable in Certain High-premium Counties

One-Liner; Reduces the maximum rating factor for geographic areas that may be used by carriers to determine individual and small group health insurance premiums to 1.35 plan year 2023 and to 1.25 for plan year 2024 and thereafter.

(PH) Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:00 AM

LD 1333, An Act Concerning the Dispensation of Naloxone Hydrochloride by Emergency Medical Services Providers

One-Liner: Authorizes emergency medical services persons, ambulance services and nontransporting emergency medical services to administer trans nasal naloxone hydrochloride if they have received medical training in accordance with protocols adopted by the Medical Direction and Practices Board.

LD 1335, An Act To Provide for Exemption from the Sales Tax for Basic Needs Products and Offset the Loss of Revenue

One-liner: Amends the definition of "grocery staples" to include toilet paper, diapers or menstrual products, effective August 1, 2022 and requires state to study any sales tax revenue lost by classifying the products as grocery staples and therefore exempt from sales tax.

LD 1341, An Act To Protect Medicare Beneficiaries from Surprise Medical Billing—HCIFS

One-Liner: Prohibits physicians from balance billing Medicare beneficiaries for any amount in excess of the reasonable charge for a service, procedure or treatment paid to that physician under the Medicare program.

(PH) Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:00 AM

LD 1344, An Act To Clarify the Authority of the Department of Health and Human Services during a Public Health Emergency

For more detailed information on these bills, the process, the votes, or any other questions, comments, or concerns on this or any other legislative matter please reach out directly to MMA Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin at mailto:danmorin@mainemed.com or by phone at 207-480-4199.

 

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