Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 07/22/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  Court Upholds non-ACA-Compliant Short-term Health Plan Rules
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  Opponents of New Vaccine Bill Seek Repeal; Petitions Circulated
•  Governor's Opioid Summit Draws over 1,150 to Augusta Civic Center
•  CMS Expands Scope of Approved Ambulatory BP Monitoring
•  MMA Hosts 16th Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Maine Medical Education Trust Scholarships
•  MICIS Individual Academic Detailing Sessions on Opioid Topics
•  2019 Mary Cushman, MD Award - Final Week to Submit a Nomination
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Quality Counts: Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training, ECHO Program
•  ACU Annual Conference is taking place in Washington, DC from July 28th-31st
•  MICIS Opioid Education Presentations Available
•  Complex Mental and Behavioral Health Needs of Maine Youth - August 16
•  Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI) Training Program - October 9
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
•  BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
•  Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital seeks a BC/BE General Surgeon
•  Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
•  Physician
•  Physician Director of Primary Care
•  Nurse Practitioner
•  Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 

Opponents of New Vaccine Bill Seek Repeal; Petitions Circulated

People opposing the new Maine law eliminating non-medical exemptions to vaccine requirements are out in force, trying to gather enough petition signatures to force a "people's veto" referendum.

 

People opposing the new Maine law (passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor) eliminating non-medical exemptions to vaccine requirements are out in force, trying to gather enough petition signatures to force a "people's veto" referendum of the law. The group calls itself "Mainers for Health and Parental Rights."

Signature gatherers have been observed at farmers' markets and other public events, including the Yarmouth Clam Festival this past weekend. Observers report that the law is being presented as having stripped physicians of their right to decide if vaccines are appropriate for their patients and as requiring health department approval of any medical exemptions. Both of these statements are untrue.

A flier being circulated with the petition states that the repeal effort is supported by "countless" physicians and nurses. It states that the bill was "pushed through the legislature despite overwhelming opposition by the Citizens of Maine." You can read the flier at www.veto798maine.com.

Some gatherers are reported to be saying that repeal is supported by an "overwhelming majority" of Mainers. One person reported she was told, "It's not about being for or against vaccines, it's about giving people the choice."