Maine Medicine Weekly Update - April 3, 2021  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Some Small Independent Physician Practices to Receive COVID Vaccines for Patients Next Week
•  Committee Reconsiders, & Unanimously Votes Down Nursing Practice Bill
•  COVID-19 Pre-Registration & Appointment System Website: VaccinateME
•  Maine Legislature “Adjourns” After Passing Two-Year State Budget; Committee Work Continues
•  Maine Community Action Partnership is Working for a Successful Vaccine Roll Out for All
•  Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Wednesday, April 7th
•  New Maine AAP Educational Webinar Series
•  PPE Available Through the MMA & ActionPPE
•  A Message from Maine Responds: Volunteer Opportunity
•  Maine Legislature Week 12 Update
•  Newly Introduced Bills in the Maine Legislature Between March 12 and March 30
•  Maine Legislature Public Hearings and Work Sessions
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Maine CDC Physicians To Host Regular Clinician COVID Vaccine Info Sessions
•  Suicide Prevention and Management in Healthcare Practice Settings: A Comprehensive Evidence-Based Approach
•  AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
•  Nurse Practitioner
•  Medical Director - ME License Required
•  Practice Administrator
•  Physician
•  Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
•  Belgrade Regional Health Center Seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)


Maine Legislature Public Hearings and Work Sessions

The following bills of interest to MMA’s Legislative Committee are scheduled for public hearings, committee discussions (work sessions), and potential votes over the next two weeks.


The following bills of interest to MMA’s Legislative Committee are scheduled for public hearings, committee discussions (work sessions), and potential votes over the next two weeks. 

(PH) = Public Hearing (WS) = Work Session 

Week of April 5 – April 9 

Monday, April 5, 2021 

1:00 PM— Education and Cultural Affairs– PH 

LD 429, An Act To Protect the Health of Students and Educators by Requiring the Establishment of Health and Safety Committees in School Administrative Units 

1:00 PM— Criminal Justice and Public Safety– PH 

LD 1070 An Act To Make Assault on a Person 50 Years of Age or Older with a Preexisting Serious Medical Condition a Class C Crime 

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 

9:00 AM— Energy, Utilities and Technology – PH 

LD 848 An Act To Increase High-speed Internet In Rural Maine 

LD 933 An Act To Facilitate the Expansion of Broadband to Unserved Areas of the State 

LD 1107 An Act To Create Needed Broadband Infrastructure in Rural Maine through the Establishment of a Satellite-based Broadband Grant Program

9:00 AM— Health and Human Services – PH 

LD 979 An Act To Expand Maine's School-based Health Centers-MD 

LD 1059 An Act To Provide Substance Use Disorder Treatment to Adolescents 

LD 1113 Resolve, To Direct the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations To Study and Propose Solutions to Disparities in Access to Prenatal Care in the State 

LD 1135 An Act Regarding Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services and Increasing Reimbursement Rates for Those Services 

9:30 AM—IDEA and Business – PH 

LD 804 An Act To Require Notice for Orthopedic Medical Device Recalls 

10:00 AM— Health and Human Services – PH 

LD 964 An Act To Expand Access to Certified Substance Use Disorder Recovery Residence Services 

10:00 AM— Judiciary – PH 

LD 1068 An Act To Restrict Access to Weapons Pursuant to Court Order in Cases of Harassment 

10:30 PM— Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Affairs– PH 

5 bills seeking to either eliminate or amend Maine’s Certificate of Need Process 

LD 927 

LD 931 

LD 932 

LD 935 

LD 1004 

2:00 PM— Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Affairs – WS 

LD 790 An Act Clarifying Patient Consent for Certain Medical Examination 

LD 945 An Act Regarding Notice by Health Insurance Carriers of Policy Changes 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 

10:00 AM— Health and Human Services – PH 

LD 1173 Resolve, To Develop a Plan To Treat in Maine Those Children with Behavioral Health Needs Currently Treated Outside the State 

1:00 PM— Judiciary – WS 

LD 402, An Act To Protect an Individual's Personal Data (Note: immunizations

LD 627, An Act Relating to the Statute of Limitations for Injuries or Harm Resulting from Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances 

1:30 PM— Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Affairs – PH

LD 1085 An Act Relating to the Use of Genetic Information for Insurance Purposes 

2:00 PM— Health and Human Services - PH 

LD 1009 Resolve, To Create a Health Care Ombudsman Position To Serve in Maine's County Jails 

LD 972 An Act To Establish the Rare Disease Advisory Council 

Thursday, April 8, 2021 

9:30— IDEA and Business – PH 

LD 942 An Act To Waive Professional and Occupational Licensing Fees for Calendar Year 2020 

10:00 AM— Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Affairs - PH 

LD 1115 An Act To Improve Access to HIV Prevention Medications 

LD 1151 An Act To Lower Out-of-pocket Prescription Medicine Costs by Requiring Health Insurers To Offer Plans with No Deductibles 

10:00 AM— Health and Human Services - PH 

LD 819 An Act To Reduce Lung Cancer Rates in Maine by Requiring Testing for and Mitigation of Radon in Residential Buildings by Landlords 

2:00 PM— Judiciary – PH 

LD 747 An Act Regarding Civil Mental Health Evaluations of Former Criminal Defendants 

LD 785 An Act to Change the Standard for Assessing Risk of Serious Harm 

LD 861 Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services to Contract for Assessments for Involuntary Hospitalizations 

LD 868 An Act To Provide Consistency Regarding Persons Authorized To Conduct Examinations for Emergency Involuntary Commitment and Post-admission Examinations 

LD 869 Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Review the Progressive Treatment Program and Processes by Which a Person May Be Involuntarily Admitted to a Psychiatric Hospital or Receive Court-ordered Community Treatment 

Friday, April 9, 2021 

9:00 AM— Health and Human Services – WS 

LD 595, Resolve, To Ensure That Access to Oral and Facial Ambulatory Surgical Centers in Maine Remains Viable 

LD 674 - An Act to Support Early Intervention and Treatment of Psychotic Disorders 

1:00 PM— Criminal Justice and Public Safety – PH 

LD 769 An Act To Increase the Availability of Mental Health Services for a Defendant Who Has Been Found Incompetent To Stand Trial 

Week of April 12 – April 16 

Monday, April 12, 2021 

1:00 PM— Health and Human Services – PH 

LD 968 Resolve, To Expand Mental Health Crisis Intervention Mobile Response Services 

LD 1147 Resolve, To Enhance Access to Medication Management for Individuals with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness 

LD 1262, Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Develop a Comprehensive Statewide Strategic Plan To Serve Maine People with Behavioral Health Needs throughout Their Lifespans 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 

10:00 AM— Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Affairs - PH 

LD 120 An Act To Lower Health Care Costs through the Establishment of the Office of Affordable Health Care 

LD 673 - An Act to Create the Insulin Safety Net Program 

LD 675 - An Act to Protect Maine Consumers from Unsupported Price Increases on Prescription Medicines by Creating an Independent Review Process 

LD 1117 An Act To Prevent Excessive Prices for Prescription Drugs 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 

11:00 AM— Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Affairs PH 

LD 1268 An Act To Provide Greater Access to Treatment for Serious Mental Illness by Prohibiting an Insurance Carrier from Requiring Prior Authorization or Step Therapy Protocol 

LD 1281, An Act To Prohibit Discriminatory Practices in Certain Health Insurance Policies 

LD 1317, An Act To Regulate Insurance Carrier Concurrent, Prepayment and Postpayment Review 

LD 1331, An Act To Make Individual and Small Group Health Insurance More Affordable in Certain High-premium Counties 

1:00 PM— Judiciary PH 

LD 1229 An Act To Require Certain Medical Providers To Administer Ultrasounds and Provide Information to Certain Pregnant Patients 

Thursday, April 15, 2021 

10:00 AM— Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Affairs – PH 

LD 1196 An Act Regarding Targets for Health Plan Investments in Primary Care and Behavioral Health 

LD 1293, An Act To Improve Access to Certain Injectable Medications for Treatment of Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder 

LD 1341, An Act To Protect Medicare Beneficiaries from Surprise Medical Billing 

10:00 AM— Health and Human Services – PH 

LD 718 An Act To Improve the Health of Maine Residents by Closing Coverage Gaps in the MaineCare Program and the Children's Health Insurance Program 

LD 1282, An Act To Prevent Underage Tobacco and Nicotine Access and Use—HHS 

For more detailed information on these bills, the process, the votes, or any other questions, comments, or concerns on this or any other legislative matter please reach out directly to MMA Director of Communications and Government Affairs, Dan Morin at or by phone at 207-480-4199.