Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 11/25/2020  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Temperatures Drop & Independent Practices Again Left Out In The Cold
•  Happy Thanksgiving from the MMA!
•  MMA & Maine COVID-19 Vaccine Planning
•  Maine CDC Rule Mandating Flu Vaccine for Health Care Workers
•  Climate Action Briefing for Maine Physicians
•  Feds to Allocate COVID-19 Vaccines Based On Population Not Risk
•  COVID ‘Long Haulers’ & Potential COVID Vaccine Side Effects
•  Interoperability and Patient Access Learning Event — December 9
•  CMS Issues Final Revised Rules for Stark Law
•  JAMA: Resident Physician Experiences With and Responses to Biased Patients
•  Volunteers Needed for the Medical Professionals Health Program
•  A Message from Maine Responds - Volunteer Opportunity
•  Maine Medical Association Enduring Education Opportunity
•  MICIS: Opioid Prescribing Presentation & Individual Academic Detailing Sessions
•  Baystate Financial – Fiscal Fitness for Life
•  ELECTION UPDATE: State Legislature
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  MOA VIRTUAL Midwinter Symposium - Feb 12-14, 2021
•  Maine CDC Annual Prevention Professionals Conference - March 2-3, 2021
•  Nursing Director
•  Family Medicine Physician at Greater Portland Health
•  Behavioral Health Clinician


ELECTION UPDATE: State Legislature

Democrats maintained majorities in the Maine House and the Maine Senate for 2021.


Democrats maintained majorities in the Maine House and the Maine Senate for 2021. The party expanded its majority by one in the Senate to 22-13, however, won 80 House seats after holding up to 89 in the previous two years. 

Of note, fifteen Democratic House candidiates ran unopposed but Republicans won 11 of 12 races statewide where a challenger upended an incumbent. Seemingly further evidence of the stark political and policy differences within communities across the state. Republicans will have 67 seats for the next legislative session. There will also be 4 independent legislators in House joining the 80 Democrats. 

A list of Maine House winners can be found here. For MMA members, if you have the time it would be helpful in preparing for our 2021 Legislative Platform and advocacy efforts if you took a glance at the list and potentially identified names you recognize or have personal, professional, or organizational relationships with any legislator(s). Please reach out to MMA Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin by email or by call/text at (207) 838-8613 if you spot any. We could not find a comparable online list for the Senate, however, Dan has the full list for both chambers if interested. 

There remains a tremendous amount of uncertainty as to if, when, how, how long the next Maine Legislature will meet. Our eyes and ears are tuned to any news. 

Highlights and random election observations: 

* 106 incumbents return in the House; 25 in the Senate 

* There will be 33 new House members who won open seats; 8 new Senate members won open seats, however, 2 are moving from the House 

* There will be four senators who jumped directly from the House and another who was a former Maine Senate President (Rick Bennett, Oxford County) 

* As noted above, 12 incumbents lost in the House; 2 in the Senate 

* There will be 82 men and 69 women in the House; 21 men and 14 women in the Senate 

* There will be new Democratic leadership in the House, including Speaker. Republican House Minority Leader Kathleen Dillingham (Oxford) won reelection, however, the Republican minority leader moved to the Senate. 

* Each member of Senate Democratic leadership was reelected (President Troy Jackson, Aroostook County, Majority Leader Nate Libby of Androscoggin, and Assistant Majority Leader Eloise Vitelli of Sagadahoc). Leadership elections will take place regardless before reconvening. 

* Republican Minority Leader, Senator Dana Dow of Lincoln County lost his reelection race while Assistant Minority Leader, Senator Jeff Timberlake was reelected from Androscoggin County.