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
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 Medical Association State Legislative Priorities Update
Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Wednesday, May 19th
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
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
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Another Busy Week for Maine Medical Association Legislative Advocacy

The following bills of importance were up for public hearings or voted on this week before policy committees in the Maine State Legislature. 


LD 1140, HP 818 An Act To Establish a Sales Tax Exemption for the Purchase of Firearm Safety Devices—MMA Supports 

· Bill was voted Ought to Pass with amendment(s) 

LD 1085, An Act Relating to the Use of Genetic Information for Insurance Purposes—MMA Supports 

· Bill was voted Ought Not to Pass 

LD 1357, SP 443 An Act To Require Private Insurance Coverage for Postpartum Care—MMA Supports 

· Bill was TABLED (put off to a later date) 

LD 1539, An Act To Provide Access to Fertility Care—MMA Supports 

· Bill was TABLED (put off to a later date) 


Immunization bills 

LD 96, An Act To Create Fairness in the Treatment of Students by Retaining Students with Certain Vaccine Exemptions—MMA Opposed 

LD 156, An Act To Promote School Attendance by Exempting Virtual Public Charter School and Private School Students from Immunization Requirements—MMA Opposed 

LD 833, An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Vaccines by Reinstating Religious Exemptions—MMA Opposed 

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—MMA Opposed 

· All four bills were voted Ought Not to Pass in a split vote. 

LD 1550, An Act To End the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products—MMA Supports 

* Bill was voted Ought to Pass in a split vote. 

LD 1601, Resolve, To Establish an Advisory Panel To Study the Implications of Genome-editing Technology for the Citizens of the State—MMA Supports 

· Bill was voted Ought to Pass in a split vote. 

LD 1390, An Act To Maximize Health Care Coverage for the Uninsured through Easy Enrollment in the MaineCare Program or in a Qualified Health Plan in the Marketplace—MMA Supports 

· Public hearing was held; Committee will further discuss bill on May 18, 2021. 

LD 1463, An Act To Make Health Care Coverage More Affordable for Working Families and Small Businesses—MMA Supports 

· Public hearing was held; Committee will further discuss bill on May 18, 2021. 


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 Supports 

· Public hearing was held; No date has been set for continued work by the committee. 

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

LD 1510, An Act Concerning Informed Consent of Minors' Authority to Release Health Care Information—MMA Opposed 

LD 1629, An Act Regarding the Qualifications for Licensure as a Physician or Surgeon—MMA Supports 

Maine Legislature teases State House return after pandemic restrictions relax (Bangor Daily News)


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