Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 07/16/2021  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Promoting COVID-19 Vaccination in Clinical Settings: The Critical Role of Maine’s Physicians
•  A Call to Action- Protecting the Children of Maine
•  COVID News: Surgeon Gener Surgeon General Issues Vaccine Misinformation Warning; JAMA Peds Retracts Masks Study
•  Johnson & Johnson Recalls Sunscreens After Carcinogen Found
•  Opioid & Substance Use Disorder News
•  Medicare Updates
•  Federal Advocacy Update
•  Registration Open for MMA’s 168th Annual Membership Meeting (Sep 10-12)
•  Notice of Rulemaking: Immunization requirements for Maine school children
•  Maine Secretary of State Seeking Physician Volunteers
•  SUPPORT for ME: Strengthening Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Services for MaineCare Members
•  Are You a Professional Who Works with Individuals in Maine Who Have a Substance Use Disorder? We Want to Hear From You!
•  Maine Community Action Partnership: Did You Know?
•  MMA Mary Cushman, MD Award for Humanitarian Service
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
•  SUPPORT for ME Training and Technical Assistance Initiative
•  Working with Children & Adolescents? Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership (MPBHP) Webinar Series (July thru December 2nd Wednesday of month)
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HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Strong Area Health Center
•  Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Richmond Area Health Center
•  Help educate new physicians – join our accredited Family Medicine Residency Program as faculty
•  Join our region-leading Neuroscience/Stroke Center
•  Contract Clinical Advisor - Healthcare Coalition of Maine
•  Medical Director

 

Federal Advocacy Update

Discussions in Washington D.C. continue surrounding a $3 to $4 trillion federal spending bill. The legislation being discussed includes an approximate $300 billion expansion of Medicare to cover dental, vision, and hearing care. Under the plan, these new benefits would be free for seniors in the program and could start as soon as next year. Also included in the current proposal being crafted is new spending for elder care, home care, childcare, prekindergarten, paid family and medical leave, housing programs, and other education and safety net programs. There may also be  plan climate-related sections in a future bill.

Discussions in Washington D.C. continue surrounding a $3 to $4 trillion federal spending bill. The legislation being discussed includes an approximate $300 billion expansion of Medicare to cover dental, vision, and hearing care. Under the plan, these new benefits would be free for seniors in the program and could start as soon as next year. Also included in the current proposal being crafted is new spending for elder care, home care, childcare, prekindergarten, paid family and medical leave, housing programs, and other education and safety net programs. There may also be  plan climate-related sections in a future bill.

Suggested way to pay for the infrastructure bill included tax hikes on upper income Americans and corporations, as well as IRS changes to ‘tax gaps.’ Other major new sources of revenue include raising the top marginal tax rate, increasing the corporate tax rate, and changes to the international tax system.