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

 

Court Upholds non-ACA-Compliant Short-term Health Plan Rules

A federal judge has approved administration rules allowing short-term health plans that do not cover pre-existing conditions or otherwise comply with the ACA.

 

According to the AP (7/20), a federal judge ruled on Friday that rules issued by the Trump administration last year making short-term health insurance plans more attractive are allowed to be implemented. The new rules mean “the plans now are good for up to 12 months and may be renewed for 36 months. But they don’t have to cover people with pre-existing conditions or provide basic benefits like prescription drugs.”

The Wall Street Journal (7/19, Armour, Subscription Publication) reported the short-term health plans do not comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because they do not include certain required benefits.

The Hill (7/19, Hellmann) reported U.S. District Judge Richard Leon wrote in the decision, “Not only is any potential negative impact from the 2018 rule minimal, but its benefits are undeniable.” Meanwhile, the “insurers who sued the administration said this put them at an unfair disadvantage because they’re required to cover these services and must charge higher premiums.” Moreover, “they argued the availability of short-term plans could draw away their healthy, young customers who might not feel like they need comprehensive insurance.”