Maine Medicine Weekly Update - Maine Medicine Weekly Update: 12/24/2021  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE MMA
•  Enjoy The Holidays, Our Weekly Newsletter & Thank You For All You Do
COVID-19 CORNER
•  FDA Updates: Pfizer & Merck Oral Antivirals Authorized; Omicron & Monoclonal Antibodies
•  Maine CDC Updates & Guidance
•  Reminder: Everyone Ages 16 and Older Can Get a Booster Shot
•  US CDC Reduces Time for Health Care Workers to Isolate & Updates School Guidelines
•  English Study: Booster Shots Protect Against Omicron for About 10 Weeks
•  Patients Vaccinated for COVID-19 Have Shorter Hospital Stays Than Unvaccinated Patients
•  JAMA Internal Medicine - Illness Severity With SARS-CoV-2 Infection, Delta vs Beta Variant
•  US Supreme Court to Take Up Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Rules
WHAT'S NOT COVID RELATED
•  CDC: Physicians Should Discuss Meds to Reduce HIV Risk
•  HHS: $48 Million Available to Increase the Public Health Workforce in Rural and Tribal Communities
•  MaineCare: Payment Cycle Reminder: Christmas and New Year's Day Holidays
IN THE NEWS
•  Medicine in the Media
•  Walgreens Pharmacy Hours Change: Call Ahead Before Picking Up Your Medication
MAINE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION JOB OPPORTUNITY
•  Maine Medical Education Trust (MMET) CME Program Coordinator
HEALTH COVERAGE
•  Open Enrollment For 2022 Individual Health Plans
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Governorís Opioid Response Seminar Webinar Series Continues (Jan 7)
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) - Greater Portland Health
•  Transformational OB/GYN or Maternal Fetal Medicine Physician leader

 

Open Enrollment For 2022 Individual Health Plans

The 2022 individual and family health plan open enrollment period is NOW through Jan. 15, 2022.

The time period for health coverage to start Jan. 1, 2022, has passed but for coverage to start Feb. 1, 2022, patients can buy a plan now through January 15, 2022.

Patients can visit CoverME.gov, Maine's new Health Insurance Marketplace, to shop for and select affordable health insurance coverage for 2022 during the Open Enrollment period now under way.

The 2022 individual and family health plan open enrollment period is NOW through Jan. 15, 2022.

The time period for health coverage to start January 1, 2022, has passed but for coverage starting February 1, 2022, patients can buy a plan now December 16, 2021 through January 15, 2022.

Patients can visit CoverME.gov, Maine's new Health Insurance Marketplace, to shop for and select affordable health insurance coverage for 2022 during the Open Enrollment period now under way.

CoverME.gov’s Plan Compare tool was launched in to provide Maine people information about eligibility for financial assistance and evaluate plan options.

Additionally, over 50,000 Maine people enrolled in a Marketplace plan in 2021 have received their renewal notices with information on the new system.

According to a media release from Governor Mills, “more than 80 percent of people shopping at CoverME.gov qualify for help paying for health insurance. With extra assistance from the American Rescue Plan, nearly 25 percent of consumers in Maine enrolled in a plan in 2021 with a monthly premium of $10 or less. This assistance will continue to be available in 2022. Even those who were not eligible in the past because of their income can likely get assistance to lower monthly premiums and other out-of-pocket costs.”

AMA: 3 things to tell your patients about signing up at HealthCare.gov

Open enrollment on HealthCare.gov runs until January 15. The American Medical Association provides information to help you help your patients learn about opportunities for significant premium savings through larger subsidies. Read more from the AMA