|May 14, 2021
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.
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Bill will be withdrawn from consideration and in place the MMA will work toward a solution within an outside stakeholder group.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.
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.
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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