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May 14, 2021

In This Issue
Governor Announces Maine Will Follow New CDC Guidance on Masks for Fully Vaccinated People
FDA Adds Adolescents Age 12 Through 15 to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine EUA
AMA Pledges in New Plan to Dismantle Causes of Health Inequities
Vaccine Ordering Open to All MIP-approved COVID Vaccine Providers Through Maine CDC
Another Busy Week for Maine Medical Association Legislative Advocacy
MMA Mary Cushman, MD Award for Humanitarian Service
Tufts Maine Track Class of 2021
UNECOM
This Week’s Top Articles from JAMA Network
SUPPORT for ME Training and Technical Assistance Initiative
Maine Community Action Partnership is Working for a Successful Vaccine Roll Out for All
A Message from Maine Responds: Volunteer Opportunity
MAINE LEGISLATURE
Maine Medical Association State Legislative Priorities Update
Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Wednesday, May 19th
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
NAMI Maine June Workshop: Suicide Assessment & Management for Clinical Staff
AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
New Maine AAP Educational Webinar Series
SBIRT/EFFECTIVE CONVERSATION TRAINING - Saturday, May 15th, 8:30am
2021 PREVENTION PROFESSIONALS CONFERENCE: Striving for Inclusive Prevention During the Pandemic and Beyond May 18-19, 2021
Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health Annual Meeting May 21-25
Maine Opioid Prescribing Legal Update May 25, 2021
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Medical Director / Physician
Finance Director for Islands Community Medical Services

 
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MAINE LEGISLATURE

Maine Medical Association State Legislative Priorities Update

The following updates cover bills and issues that were internally defined by MMA’s Legislative Committee and Board of Directors as core state legislative priorities in late 2020 with MMA being the one of the primary advocates before the Maine Legislature and statewide public policy stakeholders. 

MMA Primary Advocate: Bills Related to MMA Primary Issues 

· Telehealth: Permanent expansion of COVID-19 related telehealth regulations/laws.

LD 333, An Act Regarding Telehealth – MMA Testimony 

This bill makes changes to the provisions governing health insurance coverage of telehealth services. 

Public Hearing: Thursday, May 6 No work session yet scheduled. 

· Slightly raise and earmark medical professional licensure fees for the Medical Professionals Health Program (MPHP).

LD 1576, Resolve, To Establish and Fund a Medical Professionals Health Program from Health Care Provider License Fees

Bill will be withdrawn from consideration and in place the MMA will work toward a solution within an outside stakeholder group.

Increase health care funding investment in primary care.

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

MMA Testimony – MMA Testimony

Bill will be held until the Legislature returns in 2022: Stakeholder group to be formed and meet off-session.

MMA Large Coalition Member: Bills Related to MMA Coalition Issues

Reform Drug Sentencing Law(s) to address mandated felony-level charges for possession with intent to distribute to expand necessary access to substance use disorder treatment.

LD 663 - An Act to Make Comprehensive Substance Use Disorder Treatment Available to Maine’s Incarcerated Population

One-Liner: This bill outlines requirements for the establishment of a substance use disorder treatment program in the correctional facilities. – MMA Testimony

Work Session, Friday, April 30; bill sponsor meeting with DOC (supportive). Amendments are being reviewed and combined. Ongoing meetings taking place.

LD 967 An Act To Make Possession of Scheduled Drugs for Personal Use a Civil Penalty—MMA Testimony, Dr Oppenheim (Dr. Graham; Dr. Hagler)

Public Hearing, Friday, April 30; Work Session, May 5—TABLED

Tobacco & nicotine product tax increase to fully fund Maine’s tobacco prevention and treatment program.

LD 1423 An Act To Prevent and Reduce Tobacco Use by Ensuring Adequate Funding for Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Programs and by Raising the Tax on Tobacco Products and To Provide Funding To Reduce Disparities in Health Outcomes Based on Certain Factors—MMA Testimony

Public Hearing, Thursday, May 13

End the sale of all flavors, in all tobacco products.

LD 1550 An Act To End the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products – MMA Testimony

Public Hearing, Friday, May 7; Work Session, May 12—OTP by a 7-4 vote, minority report OTP-AM

MMA Foundational Policy Issues: Bills Related to MMA Foundational Issues

Advocating for policies that are actively anti-racist.

Opioid Use Disorder policy

Health Reform policy

 

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