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LD # 811Position: watch PriorityLast Updated: Monday, June 28, 2021
An Act To Protect the Reproductive Rights and Freedoms of Maine People  

This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill seeks to protect the reproductive rights and freedoms of Maine people.
Status: Carried Over
Committee: Judiciary
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator BREEN of Cumberland.Cosponsored by Representative MILLETT of Cape Elizabeth.


LD # 1147Position: watch PriorityLast Updated: Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Resolve, To Enhance Access to Medication Management for Individuals with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness  

This resolve provides for a 25% rate increase for the medication management services provided under Department of Health and Human Services rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapters II and III, Section 65, Behavioral Health Services, and requires the department to amend its rules governing medication management services to respond to the increased demand and complexity of the need.
Status: Carried over; on approps. table
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Monday, April 12, 2021, 1:00 PM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative MADIGAN of Waterville.Cosponsored by Representatives: BRENNAN of Portland, MEYER of Eliot, STOVER of Boothbay, WARREN of Hallowell, Senator: CLAXTON of Androscoggin.


LD # 1776Position: support PriorityLast Updated: Tuesday, January 25, 2022
An Act To Allow Pharmacists To Dispense an Emergency Supply of Chronic Maintenance Drugs" (Emergency)  

This bill allows pharmacists to dispense an emergency supply of a chronic maintenance drug to a patient without a prescription if the pharmacist is unable to obtain authorization to refill the prescription from a health care provider and the pharmacist has a record of the prescription in the name of the patient, including the amount of the drug dispensed in the most recent prescription or the standard unit of dispensing the drug. The bill does not apply to controlled substances, including opioids. The bill requires insurance companies to provide coverage for the emergency supply.
Status: Ought to Pass as Amended
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: Thursday: 1/20/2022 10:00 AM
Work Session: Tuesday 1/25/22
Sponsors:
Sponsored by Representative Amy Roeder


LD # 1781Position: support PriorityLast Updated: Tuesday, January 25, 2022
An Act To Align Postpartum MaineCare Coverage with Federal Law"  

The purpose of this bill is to align state law with the requirements under federal law in order to avoid delays in implementation and provide a more efficient rollout of technology and rulemaking without changes to existing appropriations and allocations. The bill accomplishes the following.
1. It repeals provisions enacted by Public Law 2021, chapter 461 that expand postpartum MaineCare coverage for a qualified woman and a noncitizen legally admitted to the United States from 6 months to 12 months on a graduated schedule between January 1, 2022 and July 1, 2023.
2. It expands postpartum MaineCare coverage for a qualified woman and a noncitizen legally admitted to the United States to 12 months beginning August 1, 2022.
3. It expands a qualified woman's eligibility for postpartum MaineCare coverage by increasing the nonfarm income official poverty line requirement from 200% to 209%.
4. It clarifies that in order to receive postpartum MaineCare coverage a noncitizen legally admitted to the United States must otherwise be eligible for MaineCare.
5. It repeals Public Law 2021, chapter 461, section 8, which requires the Department of Health and Human Services to file any necessary state plan amendments by January 1, 2022 regarding the extension of postpartum coverage under the MaineCare program in that law, and enacts a similar provision that instead requires the department to file any necessary state plan amendments no later than 30 days after the effective date of this legislation regarding the postpartum coverage provisions of this legislation.
The legislation applies retroactively to January 1, 2022, the date of the requirement to file a state plan amendment pursuant to Public Law 2021, chapter 461.
Status: Ought to Pass as Amended
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Wednesday, January 12, 2022 10:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 209
Work Session: Jan 20, 2022
Sponsors:
Senator Anne Carney


LD # 1848Position: watch PriorityLast Updated: Thursday, January 27, 2022
An Act To Increase the Availability of Assertive Community Treatment Services  

This bill amends the behavioral and developmental services law regarding mental
health hospitalization to add the definition of "prescriber," which is defined to mean a
licensed health care provider with authority to prescribe, including a licensed physician,
certified nurse practitioner or licensed physician assistant who has training or experience
in psychopharmacology. It also amends the definition of "assertive community treatment"
to change the composition of the multidisciplinary team that provides assertive community treatment by removing reference to the term "psychiatrist" and replacing it with the term
"prescriber" and by providing that a licensed practical nurse may be a member of the team
in lieu of a registered nurse if the prescriber is not a certified nurse practitioner.
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Tuesday: 1/18/2022 10:00 AM
Work Session: Wednesday: 2/2/2022 10:00 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative MADIGAN of Waterville


LD # 1867Position: watch PriorityLast Updated: Tuesday, January 25, 2022
An Act To Codify MaineCare Rate System Reform  

This bill formalizes the Department of Health and Human Services’ MaineCare
provider reimbursement rate system reform effort by establishing rate development
principles and processes, specifying rule-making requirements for rate adjustments,
ensuring access to a funding source, as needed, for associated rate adjustments and
establishing an expert technical advisory panel to assist the Commissioner of Health and
Human Services on MaineCare rates and payment models.
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Wednesday, February 2, 2022 1:00 PM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative MEYER of Eliot. Cosponsored by Senator CLAXTON of Androscoggin and Representative: GRIFFIN of Levant, Senator: MOORE of Washington


LD # 1910Position: watch PriorityLast Updated: Wednesday, January 12, 2022
An Act To Improve Children's Mental Health by Requiring Insurance Coverage for Certain Mental Health Treatment  

This bill requires health insurance carriers to provide coverage for mental health
treatment services that use evidence-based practices that are recommended by a provider
for a child 18 years of age or younger. The bill defines "evidence-based practices" as
clinically sound and scientifically based policies, practices and programs that reflect expert consensus on the prevention, treatment and recovery science published and disseminated
by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration. The bill’s requirements apply to health plans with
an effective date on or after January 1, 2023.
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: Thursday, January 27, 2022, 10:00 AM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative TEPLER of Topsham. Cosponsored by Representatives: ARFORD of Brunswick, GRAMLICH of Old Orchard Beach, MADIGAN of Waterville, Senator: SANBORN of Cumberland


LD # 17Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Resolve, To Provide Rural Nonmedical Transportation Services to the Elderly and Adults with Disabilities Receiving Home and Community Benefits under the MaineCare Program  

This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a pilot 16project lasting 18 months that provides nonmedical transportation services to individuals 17receiving services pursuant to rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, 18Section 19, Home and Community Benefits for the Elderly and Adults with Disabilities, in 19an amount up to $2,000, in addition to currently permissible medical transportation 20services. The department is required to submit a report regarding the costs, effectiveness 21and future viability of the pilot project to the joint standing committee of the Legislature 22having jurisdiction over health and human services matters no later than January 30, 2023.
The committee amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, replaces the resolve. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to contract with an academic or policy organization with relevant expertise to design a pilot project providing nonmedical transportation to individuals receiving services under the department's rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 19. It changes the dates of the pilot project under the resolve to allow time for the design stage and includes an evaluation requirement.
The amendment adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
Status: Carried over; on approps. table
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator MAXMIN of Lincoln.Cosponsored by Representative MEYER of Eliot andRepresentatives: COREY of Windham, CRAVEN of Lewiston, FAY of Raymond, MADIGAN of Waterville, PLUECKER of Warren, STOVER of Boothbay


LD # 119Position: supportLast Updated: Tuesday, December 28, 2021
An Act To Increase Faculty in Nursing Education Programs by Amending the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program  

This bill amends the nursing education loan repayment program as follows:
1. It extends eligibility to apply to individuals who are currently enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs.
2. It specifies that applicants must indicate an intention to work as full-time nursing faculty in a nursing education program in the State, and increases that required commitment from 3 years to 5 years after acceptance into the nursing education loan repayment program.
3. It increases the maximum amount of loans eligible for repayment under the program from $4,500 to $30,000 for a master's degree and from $6,000 to $60,000 for a doctoral degree.
Status: Carried over; on approps. table
Committee: Innovation, Development, Economic Advanc
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative MEYER of Eliot.Cosponsored by Senator BRENNER of Cumberland andRepresentatives: GEIGER of Rockland, PERRY of Calais


LD # 197Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Resolve, To Ensure That Community Mental Health Service Providers Can Access Pandemic Stimulus Funds  

This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to designate $15,000,000 of federal COVID-19 stimulus funding allocated to the State pursuant to a federal law enacted after December 15, 2020 for community mental health service providers.
Status: Carried over; on approps. table
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Thursday, April 15, 2021, 1:00 PM
Work Session: Wednesday: 4/21/2021 2:00PM
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator BREEN of Cumberland.Cosponsored by Representative MILLETT of Cape Elizabeth andSenator: CLAXTON of Androscoggin, Representatives: BRENNAN of Portland, CRAVEN of Lewiston, WARREN of Hallowel


LD # 371Position: watchLast Updated: Wednesday, December 15, 2021
An Act To Make Adjustments to General Fund Appropriations Related to the Supplemental Budget  

This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill, as emergency legislation, would make supplemental adjustments to General Fund appropriations for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021.
Status: Carried Over
Committee: Appropriations And Financial Affairs
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator BREEN of Cumberland


LD # 372Position: watchLast Updated: Wednesday, December 15, 2021
An Act To Provide Maine Children Access to Affordable Health Care  

This bill makes the following changes to the Cub Care program.
1. It changes the maximum eligibility level for family income from 200% of the federal poverty level to 300% of the federal poverty level.
2. It removes the 3-month waiting period for enrollment in the Cub Care program following the loss of health insurance or coverage under an employer-based plan.
3. It establishes that eligibility is not subject to an asset test.
4. It provides coverage to persons 19 and 20 years of age and to noncitizens under 21 years of age. The Department of Health and Human Services is required to use state funds to fund the program but may apply for waivers or state plan amendments to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to receive federal matching funds.
5. It repeals the provisions regarding premium payments for the Cub Care program.
6. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to submit any waivers or state plan amendments to accomplish the eligibility criteria established in this legislation, including but not limited to removing the 3-month waiting period for enrollment in the Cub Care program following the loss of health insurance or coverage under an employer-based plan.
7. It makes the repeal of the waiting period and premium payment requirements under the Cub Care program contingent on the approval of a waiver of those requirements by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The committee amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, expands eligibility under the Cub Care program to noncitizen children who are legally admitted to the United States and who are not otherwise eligible for Medicaid if they meet the eligibility requirements of the program.
The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
Status: Carried Over
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 1:00 PM
Work Session: May 18, 2021 Reported Out OTP-AM/OTP-AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator CARNEY of Cumberland.Cosponsored by Representative MILLETT of Waterford andSenators: BREEN of Cumberland, CLAXTON of Androscoggin, Representatives: MEYER ofEliot, MILLETT of Cape Elizabeth


LD # 415Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Increase MaineCare Reimbursement Rates for Targeted Case Management Services To Reflect Inflation  

This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules governing MaineCare reimbursement for targeted case management services to provide an increase reflecting cost increases from 2010 to 2020.
Status: Carried over; on approps. table
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Thursday, April 15, 2021, 1:00 PM
Work Session: April 21, 2021
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative STEARNS of Guilford.Cosponsored by Representative: MEYER of Eliot


LD # 432Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Resolve, To Improve Behavioral Health Care for Children  

This amendment replaces the resolve. It doubles the number of hours of reimbursable collateral contacts for children's home and community-based treatment from 10 hours a year to 20 hours under Department of Health and Human Services rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Section 65. It allows for collateral contacts to be reimbursed if conducted virtually or by telephone, in addition to face-to-face.
The amendment also requires the reimbursement of collateral contacts, in addition to currently allowable care coordination, for 24 hours a year under rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Section 28. It also allows for 24 hours of collateral contacts to be conducted face-to-face, virtually or by telephone.
The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.
Status: Carried over; on approps. table
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Apr 2, 2021, 10:00a
Work Session: Apr 14, 2021 Voted OTP-AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative MADIGAN of Waterville.


LD # 496Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, January 28, 2022
An Act To Clear Waiting Lists for and Ensure Timely Access to Mental Health Services for Maine Children  

This bill provides funding to increase rates in rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits 5Manual, Chapter III, Section 65, Behavioral Health Services, Children's Home and Community Based Treatment and Section 97, Appendix D, Principles of Reimbursement for Child Care Facilities by 30% no later than July 1, 2021.
Status: Carried over; on approps. table
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Apr 2, 2021, 10:00a
Work Session: May 6, 2021 Voted OTP-AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative GRAMLICH of Old Orchard Beach.Cosponsored by Senator BAILEY of York and Representatives: CRAVEN of Lewiston, MADIGAN of Waterville, McCREIGHT ofHarpswell, PEBWORTH of Blue Hill, PERRY of Calais, SACHS of Freeport, STOVER of Boothbay, WHITE of Waterville


LD # 533Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, January 21, 2022
An Act To Expand the Statewide Voluntary Early Childhood Consultation Program  

This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to provide additional funding for the statewide voluntary early childhood consultation program under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 34-B, section 715011.
Status: Tabled
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Apr 2, 2021, 10:00a
Work Session: January 20, 2022 11:00 a.m.
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator BREEN of Cumberland.Cosponsored by Representative MILLETT of Cape Elizabeth andSenators: CLAXTON of Androscoggin, DAUGHTRY of Cumberland, Representatives:BRENNAN of Portland, CRAVEN of Lewiston, MEYER of Eliot, PIERCE of Falmouth


LD # 582Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, January 28, 2022
An Act To Support the Fidelity and Sustainability of Assertive Community Treatment  

This bill modifies the definition of "assertive community treatment" to better align the definition with an evidence-based treatment model.
The bill adds definitions of "psychiatric provider" and "medical assistant" and changes the description of the composition of the multidisciplinary teams that provide assertive community treatment.
The bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to increase the MaineCare reimbursement rates for assertive community treatment by 25% immediately to allow providers to continue to offer the service. The bill also requires the department to adopt rules to transition to a per member, per month payment model and to reform the criteria and operation of the program to ensure its fidelity to the evidence-based model for assertive community treatment services.
The committee amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, amends the rule-making directive to the Department of Health and Human Services to remove all of the rule-making changes proposed in the bill except the provision relating to the authorization period, which the amendment alters, changing from 12 months to 6 months the initial authorization period and the reauthorization period. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
Status: Carried over; on approps. table
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Thursday, April 15, 2021, 1:00 PM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative MADIGAN of Waterville


LD # 629Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, January 28, 2022
Resolve, To Establish the Task Force To Study Improving Safety and Provide Protection from Violence for Health Care Workers in Hospitals and Mental Health Care Providers  

This resolve establishes the Task Force To Study Improving Safety and Provide Protection from Violence for Health Care Workers in Hospitals and Mental Health Care Providers. The task force is directed to submit a report and any suggested legislation for presentation to the Second Regular Session of the 130th Legislature by December 1, 2021.
Status: OTP/A - carried over; on study table
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 9:00 AM,
Work Session: Tuesday: 5/11/2021 10:00 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative RISEMAN of Harrison.Cosponsored by Representatives: BAILEY of Gorham, DOUDERA of Camden,EVANGELOS of Friendship, PLUECKER of Warren, RECKITT of South Portland,WARREN of Scarborough


LD # 861Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, January 21, 2022
Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services to Contract for Assessments for Involuntary Hospitalizations  

Public Law 2019, chapter 411 requires the Department of Health and Human Services to issue a request for proposals, or RFP, for technology-supported assessments of foreseeable harm for the purposes of involuntary hospitalization. The RFP has yet to be issued. This resolve directs the department to move forward with contracts for assessments and provides that until the contracts are issued, qualified medical practitioners employed by the State's psychiatric hospitals shall perform the assessments.
Status: Tabled
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: 4/8/21 2:00pm
Work Session: 1/13/2022 10:00 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative EVANS of Dover-Foxcroft.Cosponsored by Representatives: GRAMLICH of Old Orchard Beach, TEPLER of Topsham, WHITE of Waterville, ZAGER of Portland, Senators: BAILEY of York, MAXMIN of Lincoln.


LD # 867Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, January 21, 2022
An Act To Prohibit Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations for 5 Years To Allow for Safety Testing and Investigations into Reproductive Harm  

This bill prohibits mandatory vaccinations for coronavirus disease 2019 for 5 years from the date of a vaccine's first emergency use authorization by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration in order to allow for safety testing and investigations into reproductive harm.
Status: Divided Report
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: January 11, 2022 9:00 a.m.
Work Session: January 20, 2022 1:00 p.m.
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative QUINT of Hodgdon.Cosponsored by Senator STEWART of Aroostook andRepresentatives: BERNARD of Caribou, COLLAMORE of Pittsfield, CONNOR of Lewiston, MORRIS of Turner, SAMPSON of Alfred, STANLEY of Medway


LD # 972Position: watchLast Updated: Thursday, December 23, 2021
An Act To Establish the Rare Disease Advisory Council  

This bill creates the Rare Disease Advisory Council to advise the Department of Health 3and Human Services and the public on issues regarding rare diseases. The bill defines a rare disease as a disease that affects fewer than 200,000 persons in the United States. The council is made up of 14 members, who are health care professionals and others involved with or affected by rare diseases. The council is directed to study a variety of issues regarding rare diseases and their treatment within the State. The council must submit an annual report to the Governor, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services and the Legislature and must post the report on a publicly accessible website.
The committee amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, increases the membership of the Rare Disease Advisory Council and adds staggered terms for the members’ initial appointments. It amends the duties of the council and provides the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters authority to report out legislation related to the annual report of the Rare Disease Advisory Council. It also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
Status: Carried Over
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative CRAVEN of Lewiston.


LD # 1003Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, June 21, 2021
An Act To Improve Outcomes for Persons with Limb Loss  

This bill amends the requirements in current law for coverage of prosthetic devices to clarify that coverage must be provided by health insurance carriers for the prosthetic device determined by the enrollee's provider to adequately meet the recreational needs of an enrollee as well as the medical needs of an enrollee.
Status: Carried Over
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: 4/8/21 10 AM
Work Session: Thursday, April 15, 2021 2:00 PM Jun 3, 2021 Carry Over Approved
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative MADIGAN of Waterville.Cosponsored by Representative: WHITE of Waterville, Senator: BALDACCI of Penobscot.


LD # 1059Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, January 21, 2022
An Act To Provide Substance Use Disorder Treatment to Adolescents  

This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill would require the Department of Health and Human Services to work with stakeholders to develop and fund a continuum of evidence-based treatment services for adolescents affected by substance use disorder. Services would include, but not be limited to, detoxification beds in hospitals or residential settings and intensive outpatient treatment services.
Status: Ought Not to Pass
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:00 AM
Work Session: January 20, 2022 1:00 p.m.
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative MORALES of South Portland.


LD # 1080Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, January 21, 2022
Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Update the Rights of Recipients of Mental Health Services  

This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to update the rights of recipients of mental health services regarding treatment, the delivery structure and the entities that oversee the safe and effective delivery of mental health services, including to align the rights with contractual agreements with service providers, current federal and state privacy laws and best practices for the delivery of clinically appropriate assessment and treatment models for persons with mental illness.
Status: Ought to Pass as Amended
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 2:00 PM
Work Session: January 20, 2022 1:00 p.m.
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative STOVER of Boothbay.Cosponsored by Representatives: CRAVEN of Lewiston, DODGE of Belfast, HARNETT of Gardiner, MADIGAN of Waterville, McCREIGHT of Harpswell, TEPLER of Topsham, WARREN of Hallowell.


LD # 1135Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, December 28, 2021
An Act Regarding Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services and Increasing Reimbursement Rates for Those Services  

This bill includes a statutory requirement for substance use disorder treatments to comply with trauma-informed principles of care according to the United States Department 9of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to 11amend its rules in Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 65, Behavioral Health Services, to increase reimbursement for substance use disorder outpatient services by 25%; it also requires a 25% increase in reimbursement for services provided under Chapter II, Section 97, Private Non-Medical Institution Services, Appendix 15B, Principles of Reimbursement for Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities, except for detoxification services, and requires the methodology for reimbursement for detoxification services to be cost-based. The bill also requires the department to amend rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 97, Private Non-Medical Institution Services, to change the limitations on the number of days for certain residential treatment services.
The unanimous committee amendment adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause. It changes the date, from January 1, 2022 to October 1, 2021, by which the Department of Health and Human Services is required to adopt rules regarding outpatient services for substance use disorder, substance use disorder treatment facilities, detoxification services and lengths of stay permitted in a rehabilitation facility. It also makes the increased reimbursement rates retroactive to July 1, 2021.
Status: Carried over; on approps. table
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative STOVER of Boothbay


LD # 1196Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, January 28, 2022
An Act Regarding Targets for Health Plan Investments in Primary Care and Behavioral Health  

This bill requires health carriers to meet certain targets for investment and spending in primary care and behavioral health care beginning in plan year 2023 and through plan year 2026.
Overall spending may not increase to meet the targets. The bill establishes a benchmark for combined spending in primary care and behavioral health care as a percentage of overall health spending. The benchmark is indexed to the median amount spent by carriers on primary care and behavioral health care for plan year 2019. The bill requires carriers to increase relative spending in these areas by at least 2% per year if spending is less than or equal to the median and at least 1% per year if spending is above the median. Beginning in plan year 2027, carriers are required to maintain, at a minimum, the total combined spending on primary care and behavioral health care achieved in plan year 2026. The bill prohibits the Superintendent of Insurance from approving health insurance rates filed by a carrier unless the carrier demonstrates that the targets have been met.
The bill also authorizes a carrier to meet the spending targets by supplemental payments focused on primary care and behavioral health care.
The bill also requires the MaineCare program and the state employee health plan to meet the same targets beginning in 2023.
Status: Carried Over
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: Thursday, April 15, 2021, 10:00 AM
Work Session: Tuesday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m.
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative ZAGER of Portland.Cosponsored by Senator CLAXTON of Androscoggin andRepresentatives: CONNOR of Lewiston, Speaker FECTEAU of Biddeford, MEYER of Eliot, TEPLER of Topsham, Senators: President JACKSON of Aroostook, MOORE of Washington, SANBORN of Cumberland


LD # 1273Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, December 28, 2021
An Act To Establish a Conviction Integrity Unit in Maine  

The committee amendment replaces the bill. It authorizes the Attorney General to establish a single Conviction Integrity Unit in the Office of the Attorney General to review convictions obtained by the Office of the Attorney eneral as well as any district attorney's office. The Conviction Integrity Unit must be separate from the Criminal Division, and the head of the unit reports directly to the Attorney General. The purpose of the Conviction Integrity Unit is to review convictions to determine whether there is clear and convincing evidence of actual innocence.
The Conviction Integrity Unit is authorized, in its discretion and either upon its own initiative or upon application from any person, to review a conviction that contains facts that suggest a plausible claim of actual innocence, evidence of a constitutional violation or prosecutorial misconduct or facts or circumstances requiring a review in the interests of fairness or justice.
The Conviction Integrity Unit is directed to report evidence of prosecutorial misconduct to the Board of Overseers of the Bar.
The Attorney General is directed to submit an annual report describing the activities of the Conviction Integrity Unit to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over judiciary matters.23The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
Status: Carried over; on approps. table
Committee: Judiciary
Hearing: Apr 20, 2021, 9:00a
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative EVANGELOS of Friendship.Cosponsored by Senator MIRAMANT of Knox and Representatives: HARNETT of Gardiner, O'NEIL of Saco, PLUECKER of Warren, WARREN of Hallowell, Senator: MAXMIN of Lincoln


LD # 1386Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Resolve, To Improve Access to Bariatric Care  

This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a plan to provide up to 16 new specialized bariatric care nursing facility beds.
Status: Carried over; on approps. table
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais.Cosponsored by Representatives: FAY of Raymond, HYMANSON of York, Senator:CLAXTON of Androscoggin.


LD # 1423Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, January 21, 2022
An Act To Prevent and Reduce Tobacco Use by Ensuring Adequate Funding for Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Programs and by Raising the Tax on Tobacco Products and To Provide Funding To Reduce Disparities in Health Outcomes Based on Certain Factors  

This bill ensures future funding for the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Health by requiring funding for the program to be a minimum of the actual revenue collected on the sales of all tobacco products plus available funds in the Fund for a Healthy Maine or the amount of funding for state tobacco control programs as determined by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and recommended for Maine, whichever is less.
This bill increases the cigarette tax from $2.00 per pack of 20 cigarettes to $4.00 per pack of 20 cigarettes, beginning November 1, 2021. Because the tax on other tobacco products is determined by the tax on cigarettes, this bill, by operation of law, increases the tax on other tobacco products, such as cigars and smokeless tobacco, by the same percentage change as the increase in the tax on cigarettes. Finally, this bill provides funding in fiscal years 2021-22 and 2022-23 to the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention as follows:
1. For the purposes of tobacco use prevention and cessation, $7,000,000 annually in order to attain the amount of funding recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and
2. To allow the center to research, identify and reduce health disparities in health care outcomes based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identification, income, educational attainment or geographic location, $10,000,000 annually, but only for the 2022-2023 biennium.
Status: Carried Over
Committee: Taxation
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: Thursday: 1/27/2022 9:00 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative McCREIGHT of Harpswell.Cosponsored by Senator CHIPMAN of Cumberland and Representatives: CLOUTIER of Lewiston, MILLETT of Cape Elizabeth, TERRY of Gorham, WARREN of Hallowell, ZAGER of Portland, Senators: CYRWAY of Kennebec, MOORE of Washington.


LD # 1424Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Resolve, To Change the Educational Requirements of Behavioral Health Professionals Providing Services for Children  

This resolve changes the educational requirements for behavioral health professionals providing services for children, regardless of the setting in which the service is provided, to a minimum of 60 credit hours in a related field, 90 credit hours in an unrelated field or a high school diploma with a plan for supervision and training.
The same changes to the educational requirements apply for a behavioral health professional to be eligible to receive training to provide specialized services. It also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend or establish contracts for training behavioral health professionals to train any number of additional individuals within existing resources, and authorizes the department to opt to charge individuals or their employers fees for training.
The committee amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, amends the resolve to provide that a high school diploma or equivalent is sufficient to receive behavioral health professional training as long as there is training and oversight as determined by the Department of Health and Human Services in addition to the training provided for certification as a behavioral health professional. The amendment provides that in adopting rules related to the training and oversight, the department must ensure that the requirements are consistent in both Section 28 and Section 65 of the department's rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
Status: Carried over; on approps. table
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: 5/4/21 9:30 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative SALISBURY of Westbrook.Cosponsored by Representative: MADIGAN of Waterville, Senator: CLAXTON of Androscoggin


LD # 1428Position: watchLast Updated: Wednesday, January 12, 2022
An Act To Increase the Availability of Nasal Naloxone in Community Settings  

This bill allows community organizations, which are defined as private or nonprofit organizations operating a facility that serves the community, to store and administer nasal naloxone hydrochloride upon a standing order from a licensed health care professional authorized by law to prescribe nasal naloxone hydrochloride.
Status: Carried Over
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: January 20, 2022 1:00 p.m.
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative DODGE of Belfast.Cosponsored by Representatives: BRENNAN of Portland, HARNETT of Gardiner,MADIGAN of Waterville, MORALES of South Portland, STOVER of Boothbay, TEPLER of Topsham, ZAGER of Portland, Senator: RAFFERTY of York


LD # 1539Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, July 06, 2021
An Act To Provide Access to Fertility Care  

This bill requires carriers offering health plans in this State to provide coverage for fertility diagnostic care, for fertility treatment if the enrollee is a fertility patient and for fertility preservation services. The requirements of the bill apply to health plans issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2023.
Status: Carried Over
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: Jun 3, 2021 Carry Over Approved
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative MADIGAN of Waterville.Cosponsored by Senator DAUGHTRY of Cumberland and Representatives: CRAVEN of Lewiston, EVANS of Dover-Foxcroft, Speaker FECTEAU of Biddeford, MEYER of Eliot, Senators: BRENNER of Cumberland, CARNEY of Cumberland.


LD # 1574Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
An Act To Ensure Support for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism with High Behavioral Need  

This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish by rule reimbursement rates for positive behavioral support plans and behavior management plans provided to persons with intellectual disabilities or autism. The rates must be adequate to cover all parts of the plans, including clinical oversight, equipment and staff with additional training, qualifications and experience required for managing challenging behavior or preventing a personal crisis. Rules adopted are major substantive rules and must be adopted by July 1, 2021.
Status: Carried Over
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: Tuesday: 5/11/2021 10:00 AM Jun 3, 2021 Carry Over Approved
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative MEYER of Eliot.


LD # 1582Position: watchLast Updated: Wednesday, January 19, 2022
An Act To Enact the Maine Psilocybin Services Act  

This bill enacts the Maine Psilocybin Services Act, which establishes a regulatory framework in order to provide psilocybin products to clients in Maine.
Status: Carried Over
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Tuesday, February 1, 2022 1:00 PM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator BAILEY of York.


LD # 1586Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, December 28, 2021
An Act To Strengthen Statewide Mental Health Peer Support, Crisis Intervention Mobile Response and Crisis Stabilization Unit Services and To Allow E-9-1-1 To Dispatch Using the Crisis System  

This bill provides funding for mental health services in the 8 public health districts. These services include peer support, crisis lines, crisis intervention mobile response and crisis stabilization unit services. The bill also provides funding for ancillary services for mobile response services, including necessary travel and telephone conferences with clients.
The bill also provides funding for a public education campaign about the availability of mental health peer support, crisis lines, crisis intervention mobile response and crisis stabilization unit services and the means by which members of the public and law enforcement agencies may access those services throughout the State. The bill also creates a framework whereby the E-9-1-1 system can dispatch using the crisis system in response to a mental health emergency.
Status: Carried over; on approps. table
Committee: Energy, Utilities And Technology
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: Tuesday: 5/11/2021 10:00 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative WARREN of Hallowell.


LD # 1597Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, January 07, 2022
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To StrengthenMaine's Health Care Workforce  

The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $11,000,000, will be used to provide funding on the following basis: $7,000,000 to be used for the University of New England Institute for Interprofessional Education and Practice to improve and expand collaborative team-based education of health care workers, including training in the use of telehealth and other technologies, and to increase access to high-quality health care; and $4,000,000 to be used to upgrade the capacity of federally qualified health centers and other community-based health care clinics and hospitals throughout the State in order to facilitate educational and clinical links with the University of New England Institute for Interprofessional Education and Practice and to enhance and expand their capacity to provide access to high-quality health care.
Status: Carried Over
Committee: Appropriations And Financial Affairs
Hearing: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 10:00 AM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative PIERCE of Falmouth.Cosponsored by Representatives: BRENNAN of Portland, CRAVEN of Lewiston, MADIGANof Waterville, MEYER of Eliot, STOVER of Boothbay, ZAGER of Portland, Senators: CHIPMAN of Cumberland, SANBORN of Cumberland


LD # 1608Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, January 25, 2022
An Act To Expand the MaineCare Program To Cover All Citizens of the State  

This bill establishes a single-payer health care program in the State that provides health 6care services for Maine residents. The bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to consult with the Department of Labor and the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance to develop the program.
The bill requires the State to implement the program in 4 phases, based on income, beginning in 2023 for those residents not already eligible for the MaineCare program. The bill also creates the MaineCare for All Implementation Task Force to advise the departments and make recommendations to fully implement the single-payer health care program. The program may not be implemented in 2023 without prior legislative approval.
Status: Carried Over
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: May 10, 2021 10:00am
Work Session: 2/3/2022 10:00 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative SYLVESTER of Portland.Cosponsored by Senator CHIPMAN of Cumberland and Representatives: ARFORD of Brunswick, McDONALD of Stonington, O'NEIL of Saco, TALBOT ROSS of Portland, TEPLER of Topsham, Senator: President JACKSON of Aroostook.


LD # 1693Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, January 21, 2022
An Act To Advance Health Equity, Improve the Well-being of All Maine People and Create a Health Trust  

Part A establishes the Trust for a Healthy Maine to receive money paid to the State pursuant to the tobacco settlement and from other sources and to distribute that money to state agencies or designated agents of the State to fund tobacco use prevention and control, ensure adequate resources for other disease prevention efforts, promote public health, plan and deliver public health and prevention programs and services, support accreditation of the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and support public health workforce development.
The trust is governed by a 15-member board of trustees composed of the Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and 14 members appointed by the Governor.
Part B establishes the Office of Health Equity within the Department of Health and Human Services. The office is tasked with providing advice to the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, the Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future and other state agencies, the Legislature and the Governor on health systems, policies and practices;
providing recommendations to advance health equity in all sectors and settings; producing and updating a state health equity plan;
and producing an annual Maine Health Equity Report Card.
Part C requires the Department of Education to revise its nutrition, physical activity, screen time and sugary drink standards to increase obesity prevention in early care and education and to revise its school nutrition and physical activity standards to increase obesity prevention in public schools and requires those standards to match those specified by various national organizations and federal agencies.
Part D prohibits the sale and distribution of flavored tobacco products, including flavored cigars and electronic smoking devices.
Part E increases the tax on cigarettes from 100 mills to 200 mills per cigarette effective November 1, 2021 and eliminates the provision that allows the sale of cigarette stamps to licensed distributors at a discount. The amount of increased revenue from the cigarette tax is credited to the Fund for a Healthy Maine. Part E also provides funding for the health initiatives in the bill.
Status: Carried Over
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Friday, February 4, 2022 9:00 AM
Work Session: Jun 3, 2021 Carry Over Approved
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative TALBOT ROSS of Portland.Cosponsored by Senator VITELLI of Sagadahoc andRepresentatives: EVANS of Dover-Foxcroft, MEYER of Eliot, MILLETT of Cape Elizabeth, NEWELL of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, PERRY of Calais, Senators: CHIPMAN of Cumberland, HICKMAN of Kennebec.


LD # 1701Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, January 25, 2022
An Act To Establish a Managed Care Program for MaineCare Services  

This bill establishes a managed care program for all covered MaineCare services. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to issue a request for proposals for 3 managed care organizations that are able to operate the managed care program on a statewide basis. Within 2 years of the implementation of a managed care program, the Medicaid expansion population, those covered by the federal Children's Health Insurance Program and members categorically eligible as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program recipients must be enrolled in managed care organizations. Within 4 years of implementation, all eligible MaineCare members must be enrolled in managed care programs.
The bill establishes the requirements for contracts for managed care organizations.
It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to apply for any state plan amendments or waivers required by November 1, 2021. It requires the department to explore options to create a plan that integrates Medicaid and Medicare benefits for individuals.
Status: Tabled
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 1:00 PM
Work Session: Wednesday: 1/19/2022 10:00 AM 2/3/2022 10:00 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative MILLETT of Waterford


LD # 1706Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, June 28, 2021
An Act To Require Appropriate Coverage of and Cost-sharing for Generic Drugs and Biosimilars  

This bill requires that formularies for prescription drugs approved for coverage under a health plan contain tiers of generic drugs or biosimilars that are equivalent to the approved branded drugs, and that cost-sharing through coinsurance or a copayment make the cost of the generic drug or biosimilar meaningfully lower than the cost of the equivalent branded drug.
A biosimilar is a biological product licensed by the United States Food and Drug Administration that is highly similar to a branded prescription drug.
Status: Carried Over
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by President JACKSON of Aroostook.


LD # 1728Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, January 21, 2022
An Act To Provide Assistance to Law Enforcement Officers To Allow Them To Protect the Residents of the State  

This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to enhance behavioral health services and assist law enforcement officers to better protect the residents of this State.
Status: Tabled
Committee: Judiciary
Hearing: Thursday, January 13, 2022, 9:00 AM
Work Session: 1/13/2022 10:00 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator TIMBERLAKE of Androscoggin.Cosponsored by Representative MORRIS of Turner andSenators: DAVIS of Piscataquis, DIAMOND of Cumberland, DILL of Penobscot, KEIM of Oxford, Representative: LYMAN of Livermore Falls


LD # 1729Position: watchLast Updated: Thursday, January 27, 2022
Resolve, To Assess the Feasibility of the Production of Insulin in Maine  

This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to convene a commission consisting of representatives of other government agencies or entities and interested groups to assess the feasibility of having the University of Maine System and other appropriate institutions or a public-private partnership between the University of Maine System, other appropriate institutions and a licensed drug manufacturer produce insulin in the State and provide such insulin at reduced, low or no cost to low-income residents of the State.
The resolve requires the commission to assess the feasibility of such a program by reviewing factors including potential savings and additional costs to the University of Maine System and the State, the number of individuals who would benefit from such a program, potential regulatory or legal obstacles, available alternatives to providing insulin to low-income individuals at low or no cost and to seek input from members of the Legislature when making its assessment.
The resolve requires the commission to provide a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services by January 1, 2022 and authorizes the committee to introduce legislation based on that report during the Second Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.
Status: Carried Over
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Tuesday, February 1, 2022 1:00 PM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator STEWART of Aroostook.Cosponsored by Representative JAVNER of Chester andSenator: MOORE of Washington, Representatives: CONNOR of Lewiston, GRIFFIN of Levant.


LD # 1747Position: watchLast Updated: Thursday, December 30, 2021
An Act To Require Screening for Cytomegalovirus in Certain Newborn Infants  

This bill requires newborn infants who do not pass 2 hearing tests or who have other risk factors to be tested for cytomegalovirus. It also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide information to pregnant women and women who may become pregnant on the risks of cytomegalovirus.
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Wednesday, January 12, 2022 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 209
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Senator Catherine Breen


LD # 1747Position: watchLast Updated: Thursday, December 30, 2021
An Act To Require Screening for Cytomegalovirus in Certain Newborn Infants  

This bill requires newborn infants who do not pass 2 hearing tests or who have other risk factors to be tested for cytomegalovirus. It also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide information to pregnant women and women who may become pregnant on the risks of cytomegalovirus.
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Wednesday, January 12, 2022 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 209
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Senator Catherine Breen


LD # 1773Position: Last Updated: Thursday, December 30, 2021
An Act To Make MaineCare Rules Pertaining to Global Home and Community-based Services Waiver Programs and Person-centered Planning and Settings Major Substantive Rules" (Emergency)  

This bill designates rules adopted by the Department of Health and Human Services before January 1, 2023 relating to implementing the federal requirements of Section 1915(c) of the United States Social Security Act for certain home and community-based services as major substantive rules. It prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services from adopting or enforcing the routine technical rules proposed on August 10, 2021 relating to these home and community-based services. The rules apply to an adult MaineCare member with a physical disability or an adult who is elderly who is receiving MaineCare services under a waiver granted by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and are intended to include individuals receiving services under the MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Sections 18, 19, 20, 21 and 29.
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Sponsored by Representative Margaret Craven


LD # 1775Position: watchLast Updated: Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Resolve, Regarding MaineCare Funding for Maine Schools  

This resolve directs the Department of Education to develop a comprehensive system
to support school districts in seeking reimbursement for MaineCare-eligible services. The department is required to submit a report with suggested legislation by November 2, 2022
to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education
matters, which may submit legislation to the First Regular Session of the 131st Legislature.
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: Education And Cultural Affairs
Hearing: Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 9:30 AM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative BRENNAN of Portland. Cosponsored by Representative: PIERCE of Falmouth


LD # 1778Position: watchLast Updated: Thursday, January 13, 2022
An Act To Improve Health Care Affordability and Increase Options for Comprehensive Coverage for Individuals and Small Businesses in Maine  

This bill directs the Office of Affordable Health Care, beginning in 2023, to analyze barriers to affordable health care and coverage and develop proposals on potential methods to improve health care affordability and coverage for individuals and small businesses in the State. It also requires the office to study the effects of policies aimed at improving health care affordability and coverage, including effects on the affordability of premiums and cost-sharing in the individual and small group health insurance markets, and the effects of the policies on enrollment in comprehensive health coverage. It directs the office to provide a report of its findings to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health coverage and insurance matters no later than January 1, 2023.
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: Tuesday, January 11, 2022 10:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 220
Work Session: Thursday, 1/20/2022 1:00 PM
Sponsors:
Representative Richard Evans


LD # 1781Position: watchLast Updated: Thursday, December 30, 2021
An Act To Align Postpartum MaineCare Coverage with Federal Law"  

The purpose of this bill is to align state law with the requirements under federal law in order to avoid delays in implementation and provide a more efficient rollout of technology and rulemaking without changes to existing appropriations and allocations. The bill accomplishes the following.
1. It repeals provisions enacted by Public Law 2021, chapter 461 that expand postpartum MaineCare coverage for a qualified woman and a noncitizen legally admitted to the United States from 6 months to 12 months on a graduated schedule between January 1, 2022 and July 1, 2023.
2. It expands postpartum MaineCare coverage for a qualified woman and a noncitizen legally admitted to the United States to 12 months beginning August 1, 2022.
3. It expands a qualified woman's eligibility for postpartum MaineCare coverage by increasing the nonfarm income official poverty line requirement from 200% to 209%.
4. It clarifies that in order to receive postpartum MaineCare coverage a noncitizen legally admitted to the United States must otherwise be eligible for MaineCare.
5. It repeals Public Law 2021, chapter 461, section 8, which requires the Department of Health and Human Services to file any necessary state plan amendments by January 1, 2022 regarding the extension of postpartum coverage under the MaineCare program in that law, and enacts a similar provision that instead requires the department to file any necessary state plan amendments no later than 30 days after the effective date of this legislation regarding the postpartum coverage provisions of this legislation.
The legislation applies retroactively to January 1, 2022, the date of the requirement to file a state plan amendment pursuant to Public Law 2021, chapter 461.
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Wednesday, January 12, 2022 10:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 209
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Senator Anne Carney


LD # 1787Position: watchLast Updated: Thursday, December 30, 2021
An Act To Improve the Quality and Affordability of Primary Health Care Provided by Federally Qualified Health Centers  

1. Beginning July 1, 2021, the total MaineCare payments to a federally qualified health center may not be lower than the total amount the federally qualified health center would have received in accordance with the payment method in effect as of June 30, 2021, adjusted for inflation;
2. The rebasing of reimbursement rates must be based on a change in the scope of services provided by a federally qualified health center, actual costs incurred and other factors;
3. The Department of Health and Human Services may develop alternative value-based payment models in accordance with federal law; and
4. Rules adopted to implement this legislation are major substantive rule
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator CLAXTON of Androscoggin. Cosponsored by Senator: MOORE of Washington.


LD # 1792Position: watchLast Updated: Thursday, January 27, 2022
An Act To Support Employees of the Riverview Psychiatric Center, Including the Riverview Psychiatric Center Outpatient Services Team" (Emergency)  

This bill provides an immediate increase to wages for all employees of the Riverview Psychiatric Center, including the Riverview Psychiatric Center Outpatient Services team, by $3 per hour.
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Tuesday, January 18, 2022 10:00 AM
Work Session: Wednesday: 2/2/2022 10:00 AM
Sponsors:
Representative Seth Berry


LD # 1798Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, January 28, 2022
An Act To Ensure Health Insurance Coverage for Certain Adults with Disabilities" (Emergency)  

This bill requires health insurance policies that offer coverage for a dependent child to cover adults with disabilities who are unable to sustain themselves through employment.
Status: Ought to Pass as Amended
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: Tuesday, January 11, 2022 10:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 220
Work Session: Tuesday, January 25, 2022 10:00 AM
Sponsors:
Representative Rebecca Millett


LD # 1807Position: watchLast Updated: Thursday, December 30, 2021
An Act To Expand Nursing Education Programs  

This bill provides $2.5 million in ongoing funds to the Maine Community College System to expand
nursing education programs.
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee:
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator DAUGHTRY, M. of Cumberland) (Cosponsored by Representative MILLETT, S. of Waterford, Senator WOODSOME, D. of York, Senator CLAXTON, N. of Androscoggin, Representative PERRY, A. of Calais, Representative MARTIN, J. of Eagle Lake, Representative MEYER, M. of Eliot, Representative ZAGER, S. of Portland


LD # 1822Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, January 28, 2022
An Act To Improve Access to Behavioral Health Services by Prohibiting Cost Sharing by Insurers  

This bill prohibits insurance carriers offering a health plan that provides or covers any
15 benefits with respect to behavioral health services from applying a copayment, deductible,
16 coinsurance or other cost-sharing requirement to those behavioral health services.
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 10:00 AM
Work Session: Tuesday, February 1, 2022 1:00 PM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative MORALES of South Portland. Cosponsored by Representatives: BROOKS of Lewiston, CRAVEN of Lewiston, GRAMLICH of Old Orchard Beach, MADIGAN of Waterville, PERRY of Calais, STOVER of Boothbay, WARREN of Hallowell, Senator: MAXMIN of Lincoln


LD # 1849Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, December 28, 2021
An Act To Clarify Inspection Requirements for Hospitals and Certain Nursing Facilities  

This bill removes the requirement for nursing facilities providing both nursing home
and assisted living services to receive a single coordinated licensing and fire code
inspection. Nursing home services inspections occur at varied intervals between 9 and 15
months apart based on a facility's performance with the United States Department of Health
and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' conditions of
participation, while assisted living services inspections occur on a 2-year cycle and are
required prior to issuance of full licensure, making the requirement in current law not
feasible.
The bill provides that a hospital is exempt from inspection by the Maine Department
of Health and Human Services if it submits to the department a copy of its accreditation
survey results completed by a health care facility accrediting organization, including a
statement of any deficiencies and corresponding plan of correction.
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative MEYER of Eliot


LD # 1850Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, December 28, 2021
An Act To Ensure the Continuation of Services to Maine Children and Families through the Alternative Response Program  

This bill provides ongoing funding for the Department of Health and Human Services
to continue the alternative response program services contract.
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative HYMANSON of York. Cosponsored by Representatives: MEYER of Eliot, STOVER of Boothbay, Senator: CLAXTON of Androscoggin


LD # 1855Position: watchLast Updated: Wednesday, January 12, 2022
An Act Regarding Point-of-dispensing Sites for Immunizations against COVID-19  

Public Law 2021, chapter 28, Part D, section 1 governs the permitted delegation of
COVID-19 vaccine administration at point-of-dispensing vaccine sites, but that law is
effective only during the state of emergency declared by the Governor as of March 15,
2020 and the renewals of that declaration. This bill expands the applicability of that law
so that it applies beyond a declared state of emergency.
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: Thursday, January 27, 2022, 10:00 AM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator SANBORN of Cumberland.


LD # 1860Position: watchLast Updated: Wednesday, January 05, 2022
An Act To Address Maine's Suicide and Opioid Crises through the Construction of Affordable Recovery Facilities in Underserved Areas of the State  

This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to direct new federal money to construct affordable recovery
facilities in underserved areas in order to better address the State's suicide and opioid crises.
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator MOORE of Washington. Cosponsored by Representative GRAMLICH of Old Orchard Beach and Senators: BALDACCI of Penobscot, FARRIN of Somerset, KEIM of Oxford, WOODSOME of York, Representatives: GRIFFIN of Levant, JAVNER of Chester, MADIGAN of Waterville, STOVER of Boothbay.


LD # 1861Position: watchLast Updated: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
An Act To Establish the Safe Homes Program  

This bill establishes the Safe Homes Program administered by the Department of
Public Safety to support the safe storage of prescription drugs, firearms and dangerous
weapons in homes by providing educational information and materials and grants. Under
the bill, grants may be provided to public schools, public preschool programs, foster homes,
veterans programs, hospitals or other facilities in which newborns are delivered and
members of the public and to nonprofit and community organizations serving those groups
for the purpose of providing educational information and materials and for purchasing
firearm safety devices. The bill also designates September as Safe Homes Awareness
Month.
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: Criminal Justice And Public Safety
Hearing: Wednesday, February 2, 2022 10:00 AM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator DESCHAMBAULT of York. Cosponsored by Representative: PICKETT of Dixfield.


LD # 1862Position: watchLast Updated: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
An Act To Strengthen Maine's Good Samaritan Laws Concerning Drug-related Medical Assistance  

This bill extends the State's Good Samaritan laws by exempting from arrest or prosecution for a nonviolent offense or for a violation of probation or condition of release a person at the location of a drug-related overdose for which medical assistance was sought or naloxone was dministered.
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: Judiciary
Hearing: Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 10:00 AM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator MAXMIN of Lincoln. Cosponsored by Senators: MOORE of Washington, POULIOT of Kennebec, Representatives: CRAFTS of Newcastle, LAROCHELLE of Augusta, McCREA of Fort Fairfield, WARREN of Hallowell


LD # 1869Position: watchLast Updated: Wednesday, January 12, 2022
An Act To Provide Clarity and Assistance to Rural Maine Providers in the Implementation of the Medicaid Home and Community-based Services Waiver Rule  

This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to require the Department of Health and Human Services to provide
timely updates on the new rules for the Medicaid home and community-based services
waiver spending plans for enhanced federal medical assistance percentages using funds
provided under the American Rescue Plan Act. The bill also proposes to require the
Department of Health and Human Services to provide consistent and accurate information
regarding the spending plans to providers through its communications portal.
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Friday, January 28, 2022 11:00 AM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake


LD # 1877Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, January 21, 2022
An Act To Prohibit Prior Authorization Requirements and Step Therapy Protocols for Medications Addressing Serious Mental Illness for MaineCare Recipients  

This bill prohibits prior authorization requirements and step therapy protocols under
the MaineCare program for prescription drugs used to assess or treat serious mental illness.
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Wednesday, February 2, 2022 1:00 PM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative MADIGAN of Waterville. Cosponsored by Senator STEWART of Aroostook and Representatives: CONNOR of Lewiston, COREY of Windham, Speaker FECTEAU of Biddeford, PERRY of Calais, TEPLER of Topsham, Senators: BREEN of Cumberland, CLAXTON of Androscoggin, President JACKSON of Aroostook


LD # 1899Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, January 25, 2022
An Act To Ensure Safe Entry and Access for People Seeking Health Care and Other Constitutional Rights  

This bill defines the term "medical safety zone" and requires the demarcation of a
medical safety zone around a building in which patients receive health services and
prohibits a person from entering into, remaining in or creating an obstruction in that
medical safety zone during the hours in which health services may be provided. The bill
also makes violating that prohibition or intentionally interfering or attempting to interfere with the exercise of certain constitutional rights a Class E crime.
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: Judiciary
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative McCREIGHT of Harpswell. Cosponsored by Senator DAUGHTRY of Cumberland and Representatives: Speaker FECTEAU of Biddeford, HARNETT of Gardiner, MEYER of Eliot, RECKITT of South Portland, TALBOT ROSS of Portland, TEPLER of Topsham, Senators: CARNEY of Cumberland, VITELLI of Sagadahoc.


LD # 1909Position: watchLast Updated: Wednesday, January 19, 2022
An Act To Remove Restrictions on Syringe Service Programs  

This bill prohibits a hypodermic apparatus exchange program from limiting distribution of hypodermic apparatuses to program participants or requiring the exchange of used hypodermic apparatuses.
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Tuesday, February 1, 2022 1:00 PM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative McDONALD of Stonington. Cosponsored by Senator MOORE of Washington and Representatives: MEYER of Eliot, PERRY of Calais, STOVER of Boothbay, TUELL of East Machias, ZAGER of Portland.


LD # 1947Position: watchLast Updated: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
An Act To Promote Electronic Filing of State Agency and Legislative Committee Publications  

This bill is reported out by the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local
Government pursuant to Resolve 2021, chapter It reduces the number of paper copies
a state agency or legislative committee must provide to the State Librarian when the agency
or legislative committee publishes a report or other publication. It requires the State
Librarian to maintain an online repository for permanent digital access to government
documents.
The committee has not taken a position on the substance of this bill. By reporting this
bill out the committee is not suggesting and does not intend to suggest that it agrees or
disagrees with any aspect of this bill. The committee is reporting the bill out for the sole
purpose of having a bill printed that can be referred to the committee for an appropriate
public hearing and subsequent processing in the normal course. The committee is taking
this action to ensure clarity and transparency in the legislative review of the proposals
contained in the bill.
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: State And Local Government
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Reported by Representative MATLACK of St. George for the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government


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