Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 07/01/2020  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Testing Increases; DHHS Standing Order; MMA Continues to Seek State Assistance
•  Maine One of Only 14 States Testing Enough to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19
•  Maine CDC Thursday Clinical Call Canceled
•  Maine CDC Issues Maine Health Alert Network (HAN) for COVID-19 Testing Specimens
•  Updated Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Information
•  CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Medicaid Payments Information
•  Prior Authorization Survey Findings Underscore Need for Legislative Action
•  Get Out The Vote, Physicians & Get Your Colleagues and Staff To Do The Same!
•  "Disease’s in the District of Maine 1772-1820, the Unpublished Work of Jeremiah Barker, a Rural Physician in New England"
•  MMA Mary Cushman Award for Humanitarian Service
•  A Message from Maine Responds
•  The 2020 Census Is Happening Now
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE, SECOND REGULAR SESSION
•  Opportunities to Support Physician Candidates for the 130th Maine Legislature
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  MPHA COVID-19 Coffee Conversations Fridays from 10am-11am
•  NGS Webinar on 7/16
•  Maine Suicide Prevention Program Training Opportunities
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Physician – MD/DO - Islands Community Medical Services, Inc. - Vinalhaven, Maine
•  Family Medicine Outpatient Physician
•  Physician - Nasson Health Care
•  Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
•  Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health - Portland, ME

 

Get Out The Vote, Physicians & Get Your Colleagues and Staff To Do The Same!

There are less than 3 weeks (July 14) until Maine’s State Primary Election (for offices other than President) and Special Referendum Election. The original date of June 9 was postponed by Executive Order from Governor Mills.

 

There are less than 3 weeks (July 14) until Maine’s State Primary Election (for offices other than President) and Special Referendum Election. The original date of June 9 was postponed by Executive Order from Governor Mills. 
 
It’s no surprise that the low voting rates are common, especially during this time of political vitriol and when too many people follow the siren call of the angriest voices. Historically, the voting rates of physicians in the United States have shown that physicians vote less often than the general population. However, you have a unique and specialized perspective in one of the most important professions nationwide, especially now. The need to express that perspective should take place where it matters most: the ballot box. Nearly every decision you and your colleagues make on a daily basis is governed by a law or regulation developed and implemented by elected officials. Many of whom have no, or limited knowledge of medicine. 
 
If you have not yet registered to vote, or moved to another town you can find a fillable PDF voter registration form here and instructions here. A guide to absentee voting is available as well as an online absentee voting request application. Mainers who are registered to vote may use this free service to request an absentee ballot for the July 14, 2020 State Primary Election. Ballots must be received no later than 8:00 pm on Election Day. 
 
There are also only 132 days until the 2020 General Election, including for President of the United States. There are 6 active or retired physicians either running for reelection, or election to the Maine Legislature.
  • Senator Ned Claxton (D), Senate District 20, Androscoggin County *incumbent
  • Representative Patty Hymanson (D), House District 4, Ogunquit and parts of York, Wells, and Sanford *incumbent
  • Representative Heidi Brooks (D), House District 61, part of Lewiston
  • Richard Evans, M.D., House District 120, Dover-Foxcroft area
  • Charles Pattavina, M.D., Senate District 11, Waldo County
  • Sam Zager, M.D., House District 41, part of Portland

More information on each of your colleagues running for office can be found here.

Maine Secretary of State, Matthew Dunlap produced an informational video on the new election date and COVID-19 safety measures on voting procedures. Always feel free to reach out to Dan Morin at (207) 838-8613 text/mobile, or at dmorin@mainemed.com for any election information, background or feedback on candidates and issues.