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LD # 254Position: watch PriorityLast Updated: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
An Act To Allow Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists To Bill for Their Services  

This bill requires health insurance carriers to provide coverage for services provided by certified registered nurse anesthetists if those services are within a certified registered nurse anesthetist's scope of practice and are covered services under a health plan. The bill makes the requirement applicable to policies, contracts and certificates executed, issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2023.
Status: PL Ch 39 2021
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: Thursday, February 18, 2021, 10:00 AM
Work Session: Tuesday: 3/2/2021 2:00 PM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais.


LD # 295Position: support PriorityLast Updated: Monday, June 28, 2021
An Act To Repeal Restrictions That Prohibit Certain Advanced Practice Registered Nurses from Providing Essential Health Care Services  

This bill eliminates a provision in law requiring that a certified nurse practitioner who qualifies as an advanced practice registered nurse must practice, for at least 24 months, under the supervision of a physician or supervising nurse practitioner or be employed by a clinic or hospital that has a medical director who is a licensed physician. The bill also removes a requirement that a certified nurse practitioner must complete 24 months of supervised practice to be a supervising nurse practitioner.
Status: DEAD
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: Thursday, February 18, 2021, 10:00 AM
Work Session: TBD
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative PERRY, A. of Calais) (Cosponsored by Representative MEYER, M. of Eliot, Representative HEPLER, A. of Woolwich


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 # 825Position: watch PriorityLast Updated: Monday, June 28, 2021
An Act To Ensure Equality in Women's Health Care Access in Maine by Requiring Facilities Providing Abortions To Inform Patients of Options and Alternatives  

This bill amends the abortion informed consent laws to require the health care professional to tell the pregnant woman that it may be possible to reverse the effects of an abortion-inducing drug, although time is of the essence. The health care professional must make available written materials, prepared by the Department of Health and Human Services, about the possibility of reversing the effects of the drug and how to obtain additional information and medical assistance.
Status: DEAD
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator STEWART of Aroostook.Cosponsored by Senator: KEIM of Oxford.`


LD # 868Position: support PriorityLast Updated: Monday, July 05, 2021
An Act To Provide Consistency Regarding Persons Authorized To Conduct Examinations for Emergency Involuntary Commitment and Post-admission Examinations  

This bill changes the provision of law governing post-admission examination and post-admission discharge from a psychiatric hospital by replacing the term "physician or licensed clinical psychologist" with the term "medical practitioner," which is a defined term
The bill expands who can conduct a post-admission examination and a post-admission discharge from the staff physician or licensed clinical psychologist to staff medical practitioner. The committee amendment updates the language referencing the certificate issued after a post-admission examination to correctly indicate that the certificate is executed by a medical practitioner.
Status: Public Law Chapter 389 w/o Gov signature
Committee: Judiciary
Hearing: 4/8/21 2:00pm
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Representative Lois RECKITT


LD # 1007Position: watch PriorityLast Updated: Thursday, June 03, 2021
An Act To Increase Availability of Health Care through Telehealth  

This bill makes permanent the Governor's Executive Order #35 dated April 6, 2020, which allows certain licensed or registered professionals under Title 32 of the Maine Revised Statutes to provide necessary health care or other services to the extent practicable through the use of all modes of telehealth, including visual and audio, audio-only or other electronic media. The bill also clarifies that these services must be covered by insurance as they would be if provided in person.
Status: Ought Not to Pass - see LD 791
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: May 6, 2021, 10:00a
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative LIBBY of Auburn.Cosponsored by Senator STEWART of Aroostook and Representatives: CRAVEN of Lewiston, MADIGAN of Waterville, MORRIS of Turner, PERRY of Calais, STOVER of Boothbay, WARREN of Hallowell, ZAGER of Portland, Senator: BRENNER of Cumberland.


LD # 1147Position: watch PriorityLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 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: Enacted in House; 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 # 1229Position: oppose PriorityLast Updated: Monday, June 28, 2021
An Act To Require Certain Medical Providers To Administer Ultrasounds and Provide Information to Certain Pregnant Patients  

This bill requires a health care professional to ensure that a pregnant woman undergoes an ultrasound and receives information about alternatives to abortion, including parenting the child, at least 48 hours before she can have an abortion. The existence of a medical emergency eliminates the 48-hour waiting period.
Status: DEAD
Committee: Judiciary
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative GRIFFIN of Levant.Cosponsored by Representatives: CARMICHAEL of Greenbush, DUCHARME of Madison, KINNEY of Knox, O'CONNOR of Berwick.


LD # 1487Position: support PriorityLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Seek a Waiver for Additional Medication-assisted Treatment for Certain Persons with Substance Use Disorder up to 30 Days Prior to Their Release from Incarceration  

This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services, by December 1, 2021, to seek a waiver from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services authorizing federal Medicaid matching funds for additional medication-assisted treatment for persons with substance use disorder who are incarcerated up to 30 days prior to the release of the persons from incarceration.
Status: Dead
Committee: Government Oversight
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: 5/4/21 9 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative STOVER of Boothbay


LD # 1Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 25, 2021
An Act To Establish the COVID-19 Patient Bill of Rights and To Amend the Governor's Emergency Powers (EMERGENCY)  

The committee amendment replaces the bill and is the majority report of the committee. The amendment does the following.
Part A requires health insurance carriers to provide coverage for COVID-19 screening, testing and immunization services and prohibits a carrier from imposing any cost-sharing requirements on consumers for those services.
Part A makes it clear that out-of-network providers may not balance bill for those services.
Part A also requires providers to provide prior notice to all patients of any payment or upfront charge and the amount of that payment or charge that will be due from the patient for COVID-19 screening and testing.
Part B authorizes a pharmacist to administer and order COVID-19 vaccines licensed by the United States Food and Drug Administration that are recommended by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for administration.
Part B also requires that health insurance carriers cover a prescription drug prescribed and dispensed to a patient in a quantity sufficient for an extended period of time, not to exceed a 180-day supply, during a state of emergency declared by the Governor, except for certain contraceptive supplies or opioid medications.
Part C allows delegation of authority by an on-site clinician to certain persons for the administration of COVID-19 vaccines at point-of-dispensing vaccine sites.
The Senate amendment amends Committee Amendment "A" to require that the Governor, in dealing with a declared state of emergency, ensure that medical privacy requirements are followed and that health care services and surgeries are not considered nonessential services.
Status: Public Law Chapter 28
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 10:00 AM
Work Session: Tuesday: 3/2/2021 2:00 PM
Sponsors:
Presented by President JACKSON of Aroostook.Cosponsored by Speaker FECTEAU of Biddeford


LD # 4Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, June 28, 2021
An Act To Amend the Maine Pharmacy Act  

This bill makes the following changes to the Maine Pharmacy Act.
1. It clarifies the responsibility of the pharmacist in charge of a pharmacy.
2. It repeals the character reference requirement for licensure.
3. It updates and clarifies requirements for licensure by endorsement.
4. It updates the timeline for certain reporting requirements.
5. It eliminates the requirement for submission of a vaccine administration treatment protocol to and approval by the Maine Board of Pharmacy and requires pharmacies to maintain a protocol on the premises and make it available to the board upon request.
Status: PL ch 289
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: Thursday: 4/1/2021 10:00 AM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Submitted by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation pursuant to JointRule 204. Presented by Senator SANBORN, H. of Cumberland


LD # 8Position: watchLast Updated: Wednesday, June 23, 2021
An Act To Support Collection and Proper Disposal of Unwanted Drugs  

This bill provides for the establishment of drug take-back stewardship programs. It requires certain drug manufacturers, as defined in the bill, to operate a drug take-back stewardship program to collect and dispose of certain drugs.
The committee amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill to exclude prescription pet food from the definition of "covered drug"; to amend the drug take-back program consumer awareness goals; to clarify the allocation of program costs among participating manufacturers if more than one drug take-back program is in operation; to require that a drug take-back stewardship plan must be submitted by a drug manufacturer or drug take-back stewardship organization to the Department of Environmental Protection for review on or before July 1, 2022; and to incorporate other technical changes. It also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
The Senate amendment requires the costs of a stewardship program operated by 2 or more manufacturers to be split between the participating manufacturers based on revenue-based market share instead of just market share.
This amendment also changes the market analysis an operator of a stewardship program is required to do from an analysis of the market share of covered drugs to a revenue-based market share analysis.
Status: Public Law Chapter 8
Committee: Environment And Natural Resources
Hearing: Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 10:00 AM
Work Session: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator CARNEY of Cumberland.Cosponsored by Representative HYMANSON of York


LD # 14Position: watchLast Updated: Thursday, June 17, 2021
An Act To Require a Two-thirds Vote To Extend a State of Emergency  

This bill requires a 2/3 vote of the Legislature to permit the Governor to extend a state of emergency.
Status: Dead
Committee: State And Local Government
Hearing: 3/29/2021
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator POULIOT of Kennebec.Cosponsored by Representative FECTEAU of Augusta andSenator: BLACK of Franklin


LD # 17Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 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: Finally Passed; 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 # 28Position: watchLast Updated: Wednesday, June 16, 2021
An Act To Create an Alert System To Notify the Public When a Person with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability Is Missing  

This bill requires the Department of Public Safety to develop and implement an alert system to be activated on behalf of missing persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Status: Public Law Chapter 62
Committee: Criminal Justice And Public Safety
Hearing: February 8, 2021 Public Hearing 10:00 am
Work Session: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 10:00 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator STEWART of Aroostook.Cosponsored by Representative: UNDERWOOD of Presque Isle


LD # 38Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, July 05, 2021
An Act To Clarify the Timing of an Appeal of a Finding Regarding Involuntary Mental Health Treatment at a Designated Nonstate Mental Health Institution  

This bill amends the process governing a request for review by the Commissioner of Health and Human Services or the commissioner's designee of an order of a clinical review panel regarding involuntary mental health treatment at a designated nonstate mental health institution.
Status: Public Law Chapter 165
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Thursday, March 4, 2021 1:00 PM
Work Session: Wednesday: 5/12/2021 10:00 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator CLAXTON of Androscoggin


LD # 47Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, July 05, 2021
An Act To Fund the State's Free Health Clinics  

This bill provides one-time funding of $250,000 for each year of the biennium to support free health clinics in the State.
Status: Passed to be Enacted
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: 2/23/20211:00 PM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative BRENNAN of Portland


LD # 56Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
An Act To Prohibit Insurers and Third-party Payors from Adjusting Their Fee Schedules for In-network Providers Unless the Adjustments Apply to All Specialties  

This bill prohibits a carrier from making any change in reimbursement rates or fee schedules applying to any providers participating in the carrier's network unless the changes are applied in the same manner to all participating providers able to provide a health care service or procedure within the lawful scope of the providers' individual licenses. The bill also prohibits a carrier from discriminating against a provider based on the provider's license or specialty in a manner that denies payment to the provider for an increase in reimbursement to account for a cost-of-living adjustment.
Status: Dead
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: February 4, 2021 Public Hearing 10:00
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative DOORE of Augusta


LD # 96Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 25, 2021
An Act To Create Fairness in the Treatment of Students by Retaining Students with Certain Vaccine Exemptions  

Current law allows a student covered by an individualized education plan who elected a philosophical or religious exemption from immunization on or before September 1, 2021 21to continue to attend school after September 1, 2021 without being immunized as long as certain statements regarding acknowledgement of the risks and benefits associated with the choice to immunize are provided. This bill extends that exemption to any student who elected a philosophical or religious exemption from immunization on or before September 1, 2021.
Status: Dead
Committee: Education And Cultural Affairs
Hearing: Thursday: 5/6/2021 10:00am
Work Session: 5/12/2021 10:00 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative FAULKINGHAM of Winter Harbor.Cosponsored by Senator GUERIN of Penobscot andRepresentatives: GREENWOOD of Wales, GRIGNON of Athens, POIRIER of Skowhegan, RUDNICKI of Fairfield, SAMPSON of Alfred


LD # 104Position: supportLast Updated: Monday, July 05, 2021
An Act To Protect the Health of Student Athletes by Requiring the Establishment of Procedures To Report Concussions  

This bill requires the Commissioner of Education to create a procedure by which school administrative units and private schools report annually the number of student athletes who experience concussive and other head injuries while participating in school activities and 12athletics.
Status: Public Law Chapter 12
Committee: Education And Cultural Affairs
Hearing: 2/17/2021 10:00 AM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative BRENNAN of Portland


LD # 118Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021
An Act To Address Maine's Shortage of Behavioral Health Services for Minors  

The committee amendment replaces the bill. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to work with hospitals to develop a consistent and reliable system of data definitions and data collection to identify the number of children with behavioral needs who remain in hospital emergency rooms after they no longer need a medical hospital level 25of care.
The amendment changes the requirements for annual reports on the children's mental health program that are submitted to the Legislature and includes data on the number of children served by crisis providers and the number of children who waited for the appropriate level of behavioral health treatment in a hospital emergency room for the preceding year. It requires the annual report that is due on January 1, 2022 to include progress on developing standardized data. The amendment also removes the requirement for the department to provide monthly reports on the status of children's crisis services.
Status: Public Law Chapter 191
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Thursday, February 11, 2021 9:00 AM
Work Session: Friday, April 2, 2021 9:00 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative McCREIGHT of Harpswell.Cosponsored by Senator CLAXTON of Androscoggin andRepresentatives: BRENNAN of Portland, CRAVEN of Lewiston, MEYER of Eliot, MILLETT of Cape Elizabeth, STOVER of Boothbay, Senator: MOORE of Washington


LD # 119Position: supportLast Updated: Monday, July 05, 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: On Special Appropriations 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 # 120Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, July 05, 2021
An Act To Lower Health Care Costs through the Establishment of the Office of Affordable Health Care  

This bill establishes the Office of Affordable Health Care within the Legislature. The office is charged with analyzing data from the Maine Health Data Organization and the Maine Quality Forum and making recommendations to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health coverage matters on methods to improve the cost-efficient provision of high-quality health care to the residents of this State. The office is required to hold an annual public hearing on cost trends no later than October 1st annually at which the public may comment on health care cost trends. The office is required to submit an annual report. The office is independent and nonpartisan, and the legislative committee and an advisory council provide advice on matters affecting health care costs in the State. The advisory council consists of 8 appointed members, including a member who represents hospital interests, a member who represents primary care provider interests, a member who represents a health care consumer advocacy organization, a member who represents health insurance interests, a member who represents purchasers of health care, a member who represents the health care workforce, a member who represents the interests of older residents of this State and a member with demonstrated expertise in health care delivery, health care management at a senior level or health care finance and administration. The Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services and the Commissioner of Health and Human Services are ex officio members of the advisory council.
Status: Passed to be Enacted
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: 4/13/21 10AM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by President JACKSON of Aroostook.Cosponsored by Speaker FECTEAU of Biddeford andSenators: BRENNER of Cumberland, CURRY of Waldo, MAXMIN of Lincoln, SANBORN, H. of Cumberland, VITELLI of Sagadahoc, Representatives: MELARAGNO of Auburn, TEPLER of Topsham


LD # 121Position: watchLast Updated: Wednesday, July 07, 2021
An Act To Require a Background Check for High-risk Health Care Providers under the MaineCare Program  

This bill requires MaineCare provider applicants who are high-risk providers or who are in high-risk provider categories to undergo criminal history background checks.
The committee amendment requires the Department of Health and Human Services to use the fingerprint-based background check information in the approval process of MaineCare provider applicants who are high-risk providers.
Status: Public Law Chapter 400
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator CLAXTON of Androscoggin


LD # 149Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, June 28, 2021
An Act To Facilitate Licensure for Credentialed Individuals from Other Jurisdictions  

This bill implements some of the recommendations of Resolve 2019, chapter 79 directing the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation to form a working group to assess barriers to professional licensure for skilled individuals with foreign credentials and licensees of other states who apply for Maine licensure. It allows the Director of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation within the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation to exercise discretionary authority, after consultation with licensing entities, to waive documentation requirements for licensure submitted by applicants educated in or with relevant experience or licensure in other jurisdictions, including other states, United States territories, foreign nations and foreign administrative divisions, as long as the waiver does not reduce the requisite standards of proficiency for the licensed profession or occupation. It allows the director to exercise discretionary authority to waive examination fees and license fees for applicants for licensure educated in or with relevant experience or licensure in other jurisdictions, including other states, United States territories, foreign nations and foreign administrative divisions. It also allows the office, or a licensing board or commission within the office, to grant provisional licenses to applicants educated in or with relevant experience or licensure in other jurisdictions, including other states, United States territories, foreign nations and foreign administrative divisions. It provides the director with rule-making authority to implement these discretionary authorities.
It provides the director with the authority to adopt rules to define the term "jurisdiction" for licensing purposes to mean a state, a United States territory, a foreign nation or a foreign administrative division that issues a license or credential. It provides the director with the authority to accept funds from the Federal Government, from any political subdivision of the State or from any individual, foundation or corporation, to expend those funds for purposes consistent with the purposes of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 10, section 8003 and to provide grants to nongovernmental entities for purposes consistent with that law.
It also develops a process for licensure by endorsement for United States license 2holders who meet certain criteria.
The committee amendment adds the requirement for the Director of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation to consult with the appropriate licensing board, commission or personnel administering a regulatory function of the office before exercising discretionary authority to waive examination fees and license fees for applicants for licensure for credentialed individuals from other jurisdictions and for applicants who identify themselves as veterans with military service, experience and training.
Status: Public Law Chapter 167
Committee: Innovation, Development, Economic Advanc
Hearing: Apr 1, 2021 10:30 am
Work Session: 4/7/21 1:00pm
Sponsors:
Submitted by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation pursuant to JointRule 204. Presented by Representative CLOUTIER of Lewiston


LD # 167Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
An Act To Limit Late Medical Billing to 6 Months  

This bill prohibits a health care entity, including health care practitioners and hospitals and other health care facilities, from charging a patient for health care services when a billing statement has not been provided within 6 months of the date the patient received health care services.
Status: Dead
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: February 11, 2021, 10:00 AM
Work Session: Apr 29, 2021, 1:00p
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator POULIOT of Kennebec


LD # 172Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
An Act To Improve Prescription Information Access  

This bill requires a 2-dimensional machine-scannable barcode that allows a patient to digitally access prescription information to appear on the prescription label. It also makes a clarifying technical correction.
Status: Resolve ch 9 2021
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Thursday, February 11, 2021, 10:00 AM
Work Session: Thursday: 3/4/2021 10:30 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative CRAVEN of Lewiston.Cosponsored by Representatives: CLOUTIER of Lewiston, TALBOT ROSS of Portland, Senator: LIBBY of Androscoggin.


LD # 178Position: opposeLast Updated: Monday, June 28, 2021
An Act To Reduce Waste of Prescription Medications  

This bill provides that registered nurses, providers of osteopathic medicine, providers 36of allopathic medicine, podiatrists and dentists may not prescribe to a patient more than a 30-day supply of a prescription drug that the provider has not previously prescribed to that patient. The bill also provides that a pharmacist may not dispense more than a 30-day supply of a new prescription drug order to a patient who does not have a previous prescription drug order for that drug. The prescribing and dispensing requirements provided in this bill provide exemptions for opioid medications prescribed or dispensed in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 32, section 2210, subsection 2; section 2600-C, subsection 2; section 3300-F, subsection 2; section 3657, subsection 2; or section 18308, subsection 2.
Status: DEAD
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: Thursday, February 11, 2021, 10:00 AM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative CUDDY of Winterport.


LD # 196Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, May 21, 2021
Resolve, To Ensure Access to Community Mental Health Services  

This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Sections 17 and 65 to increase reimbursement rates for daily living support services and any home and community-based services provided by behavioral health professionals by 15%. It requires that the department ensure that the increase in reimbursement rates be applied to ensure providers are located in a sufficient geographical range for MaineCare members to access services 19and so that providers can maintain the services provided to MaineCare members.
Status: Ought Not to Pass - see LD 496
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: Wednesday: 4/21/2021 2:00PM
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator BREEN of Cumberland.Cosponsored by Representative WARREN of Hallowell


LD # 197Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, June 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: Appropiations 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 # 221Position: watchLast Updated: Wednesday, July 07, 2021
An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2021, June 30, 2022 and June 30, 2023  

For a summary of this supplemental budget, go to:
http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0156&item=2&snum=130
Status: Public Law Chapter 398
Committee: Appropriations And Financial Affairs
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative PIERCE of Falmouth. (GOVERNOR'S BILL)


LD # 265Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, July 02, 2021
An Act To Provide Women Access to Affordable Postpartum Care  

This bill extends from 60 days to 12 months the period of time following delivery of a baby that a woman may be eligible for services under MaineCare. The bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to submit a waiver or state plan amendment request no later than January 1, 2022 to the United States Department of Health and Human 11Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement the provisions of this legislation that extend MaineCare coverage to a woman following delivery of a baby from 60 days to 12 months. The department is required to take all reasonable and necessary steps to seek approval of the waiver or state plan amendment. In the event the waiver or state plan amendment is not granted, the department is directed to implement the coverage provisions using federal funds, if allowable, and then using the General Fund. The department is directed to adopt rules no later than 180 days after receiving a decision from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to approve or deny the waiver or state plan amendment. The department is required to report on a quarterly basis beginning April 1, 2022 to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters its progress in seeking a waiver or state plan amendment until the process is complete. The committee is authorized to report out legislation related to each report.
The appropriations table amendment amends the provisions of Committee Amendment "A" relating to the delivery of federally approved Medicaid services to a qualified woman during her pregnancy and following delivery. It removes the extension of postpartum coverage from 12 months beginning January 1, 2022 and until December 31, 2026 and instead provides that from:
1. January 1, 2022 and until June 30, 2022 a qualified woman is covered up to 6 months following delivery;
2. July 1, 2022 and until June 30, 2023 a qualified woman is covered up to 9 months following delivery; and
3. July 1, 2023 and until December 31, 2026 a qualified woman is covered up to 12 months following delivery.
It also removes the reference to 12 months in the section of the committee amendment requiring a report about the extension of postpartum coverage and replaces the appropriations and allocations section.
Status: Passed to be Enacted
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 1:00 PM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator CARNEY of Cumberland.Cosponsored by Representative TALBOT ROSS of Portland andSenators: BREEN of Cumberland, BRENNER of Cumberland, CLAXTON of Androscoggin, MOORE of Washington, Representatives: MEYER of Eliot, PERRY of Calais, WHITE of Waterville


LD # 274Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
Resolve, Directing the Maine Health Data Organization To Determine the Best Methods and Definitions To Use in Collecting Data To Better Understand Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Provision of Health Care in Maine  

This resolve directs the Maine Health Data Organization to determine the best methods and definitions to use in collecting data to assist in analyzing the origins of racial and ethnic disparities in health care in the State and to submit a report with suggested legislation by October 1, 2021 to the Joint Standing Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services, which may submit legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.
Status: Resolve Chapter 34
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 10:00 AM
Work Session: Tuesday: 3/2/2021 2:00 PM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative TEPLER of Topsham.Cosponsored by Senator SANBORN of Cumberland andRepresentatives: ARFORD of Brunswick, BROOKS of Lewiston, TALBOT ROSS of Portland


LD # 299Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021
An Act To Provide Clarity in the Laws Governing the Profession of Counseling  

The committee amendment replaces the bill, which is a concept draft.
The amendment clarifies that a person may not engage in the practice of professional counseling or profess to the public to be a, or assume or use the title or designation of, clinical professional counselor, professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, licensed pastoral counselor, registered counselor or conditional license holder without 27holding a valid license or registration in this State.
The amendment makes it an unfair trade practice for persons to represent themselves to the public as social workers, psychologists or counseling professionals without a valid license to practice.
The amendment adds an effective date of July 1, 2022.
Status: Public Law Chapter 233
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 11:00 AM
Work Session: May 4, 2021 Voted OTP-AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative McCREIGHT of Harpswell


LD # 316Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, June 22, 2021
An Act To Prohibit the Use of Chlorpyrifos  

This bill prohibits the use of pesticides containing chlorpyrifos as an active ingredient beginning January 1, 2022. From January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022 the Board of Pesticides Control may grant a temporary permit authorizing a pesticides applicator licensed by the State to use or apply a pesticide containing chlorpyrifos as an active ingredient, as long as that licensed pesticides applicator possessed the pesticide in the State before January 1, 2022. The board is required to post on its publicly accessible website information on the temporary permits issued.
Status: Public Law Chapter 105
Committee: Agriculture, Conservation And Forestry
Hearing: Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 9:00 AM
Work Session: May 7, 2021 Reported Out OTP
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative DOUDERA of Camden.Cosponsored by Senator MIRAMANT of Knox and Representatives: GRAMLICH of Old Orchard Beach, GROHOSKI of Ellsworth, O'NEIL of Saco, OSHER of Orono, PEBWORTH of Blue Hill, Senator: MAXMIN of Lincoln


LD # 323Position: watchLast Updated: Thursday, May 20, 2021
An Act Regarding Insurance Coverage for Telehealth Services  

This bill amends the law that requires health insurance carriers to cover telehealth services to provide that health care services provided through telephone communication are considered telehealth services, thus requiring a carrier to cover health care services provided through telephone communication regardless of whether or not other telehealth services are available. It also allows patients receiving MaineCare health services to provide verbal, electronic or written consent to telehealth and telemonitoring services.
Status: Ought Not to Pass - LD 791
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: Thursday, May 6, 2021 10:00 AM
Work Session: May 18, 2021 Voted ONTP see LD 791
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais. Cosponsored by Representatives: HYMANSON of York, TEPLER of Topsham


LD # 330Position: watchLast Updated: Wednesday, June 23, 2021
An Act To Improve the Process of Disposal of Hospice Medications Used in the Home  

The committee amendment replaces the bill. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish minimum criteria for the written policy for medication disposal that is required for use by hospice providers who provide services in the home.
The written policy must include guidance that a care plan may include controlled substances, safe use and storage of controlled substances, documentation that the family is expected to dispose of any medications after the death of the client, information on safe disposal, return envelopes or other appropriate disposal kits and advance notice that the hospice provider will be contacting the family after death with a reminder that the family is expected to dispose of medications. The hospice provider must retain signed documentation that the written policy was provided and discussed. The amendment also requires the hospice provider to send a letter within 30 days of the death of the patient reminding the family of the disposal policy.
Status: Public Law Chapter 193
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: Mar 25, 2021 Work Session Held TABLED
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative GRAMLICH of Old Orchard Beach.Cosponsored by Senator CARNEY of Cumberland andRepresentatives: CRAVEN of Lewiston, EVANS of Dover-Foxcroft, KESSLER of South Portland, McCREA of Fort Fairfield, MEYER of Eliot, O'CONNOR of Berwick, PERRY of Calais, ZAGER of Portland.


LD # 333Position: watchLast Updated: Thursday, May 20, 2021
An Act Regarding Telehealth  

This bill makes changes to the provisions governing health insurance coverage of telehealth services.
1. It authorizes the delivery of health care services through telehealth by audio-only telephone.
2. It clarifies that reimbursement for telehealth services must be made on the same basis and at the same rate as if the services were delivered in person.
3. It clarifies that a carrier may not establish separate deductible limits for telehealth services that are not applied in the aggregate with other services covered under a health plan.
4. It prohibits a carrier from placing restrictions on prescribing medication through telehealth that are more restrictive than requirements of applicable state and federal law for prescribing medication in person.
The bill applies to health plans issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2022
Status: Ought Not to Pass - see LD 791
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: Thursday, May 6, 2021 10:00 AM
Work Session: May 18, 2021 Voted ONTP see LD 791
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative HYMANSON of York


LD # 353Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, July 09, 2021
An Act To Establish Medical Marijuana Cooperatives  

This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to establish medical marijuana cooperatives.
Status: Dead
Committee: Veterans And Legal Affairs
Hearing: Monday, March 1, 2021 10:00 AM
Work Session: May 3, 2021 Voted Divided Report
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative WARREN of Hallowell.Cosponsored by Senator FARRIN of Somerset andRepresentatives: COLLINGS of Portland, GRIGNON of Athens, HARRINGTON of Sanford, WHITE of Waterville, Senators: CHIPMAN of Cumberland, MOORE of Washington


LD # 360Position: watchLast Updated: Wednesday, June 02, 2021
Resolve, To Reduce Barriers to Recovery from Addiction by Expanding Eligibility for Targeted Case Management Services  

This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 13.03-4 to remove from the eligibility requirements for targeted case management services for adults with substance use disorder the provision regarding pregnancy, living with minor children and intravenous drug use.
Status: Dead
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Thursday, April 15, 2021, 1:00 PM
Work Session: Wednesday: 4/21/2021 2:00PM Apr 27, 2021 Reported Out ONTP
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative MADIGAN of Waterville


LD # 365Position: watchLast Updated: Wednesday, June 02, 2021
An Act To Protect Consumers from Surprise Medical Bills  

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

This bill proposes to enact measures designed to protect consumers from surprise 6medical bills.
Status: Dead
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 11:00 AM
Work Session: May 10, 2021 Reported Out ONTP
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative MORRIS of Turner.Cosponsored by Senator STEWART of Aroostook


LD # 366Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, July 02, 2021
An Act Regarding Emergency Guardianship  

This bill provides that the delay of discharge of a patient in a hospital until the appointment of a guardian constitutes substantial harm, thereby meeting one of the criteria for the appointment of an emergency guardian.
Status: Passed to be Enacted
Committee: Judiciary
Hearing: February 24, 2021 Public Hearing 1:00 p.m.
Work Session: Mar 25, 2021 Voted Divided Report Jun 1, 2021 Reported Out OTP-AM/ONTP
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative McCREIGHT of Harpswell.Cosponsored by Senator BAILEY of York andRepresentatives: BABBIDGE of Kennebunk, EVANGELOS of Friendship, HARNETT of Gardiner, RECKITT of South Portland, Senator: CARNEY of Cumberland.


LD # 367Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
An Act To Require Timely Billing for Health Care Services  

This bill prohibits a health care practitioner or facility from charging a patient when a billing statement has not been provided within 6 months of the date the patient received the services.
Status: Dead
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: Thursday, February 11, 2021 10:00 AM
Work Session: Thursday, April 29, 2021 1:00 PM
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator CLAXTON of Androscoggin.Cosponsored by Representative BLIER of Buxton andSenators: CURRY of Waldo, President JACKSON of Aroostook, LUCHINI of Hancock, MAXMIN of Lincoln, MOORE of Washington, SANBORN of Cumberland


LD # 371Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, February 09, 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: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: Appropriations And Financial Affairs
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator BREEN of Cumberland


LD # 372Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, June 21, 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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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 # 374Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021
An Act To Allow Veterans, Active Duty Service Members and Their Spouses To Apply for Temporary Occupational Licenses and Certifications  

The committee amendment replaces the bill. It amends the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 10, section 8011 to clarify the eligibility for temporary professional licenses for qualified veterans, spouses of qualified veterans, domestic partners of qualified veterans, active duty service members, spouses of active duty service members and domestic partners of active duty service members. It requires that a license held in another jurisdiction be in good standing in order to qualify the individual for temporary licensure in this State. It makes a distinction between the process for temporary licensure when the profession is regulated directly by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation and the process when the profession is regulated by a board that is affiliated with the department. It describes the application process for temporary licensure. It allows for the granting of a limited extension to temporary licensure. It adds definitions of "good standing," "recently separated veteran" and "qualified person."
Status: Public Law Chapter 106
Committee: Innovation, Development, Economic Advanc
Hearing: 3/18/21 9:30 a.m.
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator CURRY of Waldo.Cosponsored by Representative ZEIGLER of Montville andSenators: BRENNER of Cumberland, CLAXTON of Androscoggin, LUCHINI of Hancock, RAFFERTY of York, VITELLI of Sagadahoc, Representative: BAILEY of Gorham


LD # 402Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, June 28, 2021
An Act To Protect an Individual's Personal Data  

This bill allows a person immunized or vaccinated in the State to forbid the State to disseminate any personally identifying information collected by the State as part of that immunization or vaccination to any 3rd party, including the Federal Government.
Status: DEAD
Committee: Judiciary
Hearing: Thursday, March 4, 2021, 10:00 AM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative WHITE of Waterville.Cosponsored by Senator STEWART of Aroostook andRepresentatives: BLIER of Buxton, BROOKS of Lewiston, COREY of Windham, EVANS of Dover-Foxcroft, FECTEAU of Augusta, O'NEIL of Saco, PLUECKER of Warren, Senator: POULIOT of Kennebec


LD # 415Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 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: Finally Passed; 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: Friday, June 18, 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: Enacted in House; 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 # 450Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, June 28, 2021
An Act To Promote the Education of Patients by Primary Care and Urgent Care Physicians Regarding the Bone Marrow Transplant List  

This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop and disseminate, in coordination with the national marrow donor program, information and educational materials regarding bone marrow donation. The information and materials must be distributed to the public and to health care providers.
Status: Resolve ch 17 2021
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Thursday, March 4, 2021, 1:00 PM
Work Session: 3/18/2021 10:00 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative CRAVEN of Lewiston.Cosponsored by Representatives: BROOKS of Lewiston, STOVER of Boothbay, WHITE of Waterville, Senator: LIBBY of Androscoggin.


LD # 488Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021
Resolve, To Expand Recovery Community Organizations throughout Maine  

The committee amendment replaces the resolve. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to give preference in awarding contracts for recovery community centers to counties that do not have a state-funded recovery community center or other recovery community center until every county has a center. It requires the department to give updates to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters periodically. The amendment also adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause.
Status: Resolve Chapter 46
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Monday, April 12, 2021, 1:00 PM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator MAXMIN of Lincoln.Cosponsored by Speaker FECTEAU of Biddeford andRepresentatives: EVANS of Dover-Foxcroft, LANDRY of Farmington, McDONALD of Stonington, MEYER of Eliot, O'NEIL of Saco, POIRIER of Skowhegan


LD # 495Position: watchLast Updated: Thursday, June 17, 2021
An Act To Improve Income Tax Progressivity by Establishing New Top Individual Income Tax Rates  

This bill increases the tax rate on the current top bracket under the individual income tax from 7.15% to 8.35% and adds a new bracket of 11.15% on taxable income exceeding $100,000 for single individuals and married persons filing separately, $150,000 for heads of household and $200,000 for individuals filing married joint returns or surviving spouses.
Status: Dead
Committee: Taxation
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: 3/23/21
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative OSHER of Orono.Cosponsored by Senator CHIPMAN of Cumberland andRepresentatives: COLLINGS of Portland, COPELAND of Saco, GRAMLICH of Old Orchard Beach, MORALES of South Portland, RECKITT of South Portland, ROEDER of Bangor,TEPLER of Topsham, WILLIAMS of Bar Harbor


LD # 496Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
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: Enacted in House; 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 # 499Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021
An Act To Eliminate the Waiting Lists for Older and Disabled Residents Who Are Eligible To Receive Home-based Care  

This bill provides funding to eliminate the waiting lists for services provided under Department of Health and Human Services rule Chapter 10-149: Office of Aging and Disability Services, Chapter 5, Office of Aging and Disability Services Policy Manual, Section 63, In-Home and Community Support Services for Elderly and Other Adults and for services provided under Chapter 14-197: Office of Aging and Disability Services, Chapter 11, Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services.
Status: Dead
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative CRAVEN of Lewiston.Cosponsored by Representatives: CLOUTIER of Lewiston, GROHOSKI of Ellsworth, MADIGAN of Waterville, PERRY of Calais, SACHS of Freeport, STOVER of Boothbay, Senator: BALDACCI of Penobscot.


LD # 519Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, June 22, 2021
An Act To Protect Children from Exposure to Toxic Chemicals  

The bill also directs the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control to establish an environmental risk advisory committee to assess the environmental and human health risks associated with the use of glyphosate. The advisory committee is required to submit an interim report no later than February 1, 2024 and a final report no later than February 1, 2025 with findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over agricultural matters. The joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over agricultural matters has the authority to submit a bill relating to the subject matter of the report during the First Regular Session of the 132nd Legislature.
The committee amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, bans the use of glyphosate and dicamba, rather than all synthetic herbicides as proposed in the bill, within 75 feet of school grounds. The prohibition does not apply to agricultural land or residential property.33The amendment strikes from the bill the requirement that the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control establish an environmental risk advisory committee to assess the environmental and human health risks associated with the use of glyphosate and instead directs the board to establish a medical advisory committee to evaluate the potential impact of herbicides used on school grounds on human health. The board is required to submit a report no later than February 1, 2022 with findings and recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. The Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has the authority to submit a bill relating to the subject matter of the report to the Second Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.
Status: Public Law Chapter 197
Committee: Agriculture, Conservation And Forestry
Hearing: Thursday, March 25, 2021, 9:00 AM
Work Session: 4/8/2021 9:00 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative GRAMLICH of Old Orchard Beach.Cosponsored by Senator MAXMIN of Lincoln and Representatives: DOUDERA of Camden, DUNPHY of Old Town, GROHOSKI of Ellsworth, LOOKNER of Portland, O'NEIL of Saco, OSHER of Orono, PLUECKER of Warren, Senator:DAUGHTRY of Cumberland.


LD # 523Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, June 28, 2021
An Act Regarding Prior Authorizations for Prescription Drugs  

This bill does the following.
1. It requires carriers to provide by January 1, 2023 at least one electronic tool to facilitate the availability of certain prescription drug benefit information in real time at the point of prescribing and when submitting prior authorization requests for prescription drugs. It also permits the Superintendent of Insurance to grant a waiver from the requirements for good cause.
2. It requires the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance to monitor compliance by carriers with the requirements of law related to electronic transmission of prior authorization requests for prescription drugs and to submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health coverage and insurance matters on the status of that compliance by June 1, 2023.
Status: PLch 73
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: March 9, 2021 Public Hearing 10:00 am
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator CLAXTON of Androscoggin.Cosponsored by Representative BROOKS of Lewiston.


LD # 533Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021
An Act To Expand the Statewide Voluntary Early Childhood Consultation Program  

This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.5This bill proposes to provide additional funding for the statewide voluntary early 6childhood consultation program under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 34-B, section 715011.
Status: Carried Over
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Apr 2, 2021, 10:00a
Work Session: Jun 3, 2021 Carry Over Approved
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 # 541Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, July 05, 2021
An Act To Improve Health Care Data Analysis  

Part A of the bill does the following.
1. It reduces the timing of when updates of price information must be posted on the Maine Health Data Organization's website from twice annually to once annually and also repeals the provisions requiring annual reports related to the 15 most common outpatient procedures and to the 10 services and procedures most often provided by physicians in a private office setting.
2. It authorizes the Maine Health Data Organization to adopt rules related to the reporting to the organization of data from the statewide cancer-incidence registry and data related to vital statistics.
3. It establishes the Maine Health Data Organization Health Information Advisory Committee to make recommendations to the organization regarding public reporting of health care trends developed from data reported to the organization.
Part B of the bill directs the Maine Health Data Organization to develop and maintain a multipayor provider database and service locator tool in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services.
The committee amendment adds language clarifying the authority of the Department of Health and Human Services to report cancer-incidence registry data and vital statistics data to the Maine Health Data Organization. The amendment provides authorization for the Maine Health Data Organization and the Department of Health and Human Services to jointly adopt a rule with respect to reporting this data to the Maine Health Data Organization and designates the data as confidential. The data may be released to the public only in accordance with the Maine Health Data Organization's rule governing release of data to the public.
The amendment also makes technical changes to clarify the terms and compensation of Legislators serving on the advisory committee established in the bill and adds an appropriations and allocations section for the costs of Legislator participation.
Status: Passed to be Enacted
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: March 9, 2021 Public Hearing 10:00 am
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais.


LD # 559Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, June 28, 2021
An Act To Improve the Rights and Basic Protections of Persons with Acquired Brain Injuries  

This bill adds references to persons with acquired brain injuries to laws providing rights and basic protections to persons with intellectual disabilities or autism, including laws governing grievance procedures. It directs the Commissioner of Health and Human ervices to convene a task force to develop and recommend rules and procedures regarding the rights and basic protections of persons with acquired brain injuries. It also requires the commissioner to report the findings and recommendations of the task force to the Joint tanding Committee on Health and Human Services by January 2, 2022.
The committee amendment is the unanimous report of the committee. It authorizes the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services to report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 130th Legislature related to the report submitted by the task force established in this legislation. It also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt routine technical rules relating to the rights and protections of persons with acquired brain injuries no later than July 1, 2022.
Status: PL ch 284
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: 3/16/21 1:00 p.m.
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative HEPLER of Woolwich.Cosponsored by Senator MOORE of Washington andRepresentatives: GROHOSKI of Ellsworth, MEYER of Eliot, PERRY of Calais, Senator: VITELLI of Sagadahoc.


LD # 560Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, July 05, 2021
An Act To Amend the Safe Haven Laws  

This bill amends the safe haven laws regarding abandoned children by including a safe haven baby box to the list of safe havens that a person may deliver a newborn child to under the Child and Family Services and Child Protection Act and to serve as an affirmative defense to the criminal offense of abandonment of a child. A safe haven baby box is a device or container that can safely accept delivery of a newborn child that is located in a hospital, law enforcement facility or fire department facility that is staffed 24 hours a day by a medical services provider.
The committee amendment provides that the Department of Health and Human Services must adopt rules governing the design, installation and use of safe haven baby boxes to ensure 11necessary safety specifications are met, including but not limited to an alarm that alerts both the facility where the safe haven baby box is located and a public safety answering point when a baby has been placed inside.
Other states require specifications about dimensions, insulation, temperature, locks and the ability for a person to access the box anonymously; this amendment does not incorporate such specifications. The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.
Status: Passed to be Enacted
Committee: Judiciary
Hearing: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:00 AM
Work Session: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 1:00 PM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative COREY of Windham.Cosponsored by Senator ROSEN of Hancock andRepresentatives: ARATA of New Gloucester, COSTAIN of Plymouth, KINNEY of Knox,MADIGAN of Waterville, WHITE of Waterville, Senator: DIAMOND of Cumberland.


LD # 582Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021
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: Enacted in House; 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 # 590Position: supportLast Updated: Monday, June 28, 2021
An Act To Require MaineCare Coverage for Ostomy Equipment  

This bill requires the MaineCare program to reimburse for ostomy equipment and 17supplies without prior authorization or limitation when recommended or prescribed by a 18physician. The reimbursement rate must be no less than the cost of the equipment. The 19Department of Health and Human Services is required to adopt implementing rules no later 20than January 1, 2022
Status: Appropiations Table
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative LEMELIN of Chelsea.Cosponsored by Senator MOORE of Washington andRepresentatives: CONNOR of Lewiston, GRIFFIN of Levant, JAVNER of Chest


LD # 600Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, June 28, 2021
An Act To Require Insurance Coverage for Certified Midwife Services  

This bill requires insurance coverage for services performed by certified midwives.
Status: PL ch 79
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: 3/25/21 10 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator BRENNER of Cumberland.Cosponsored by Senator: BREEN of Cumberland, Representatives: GRAMLICH of Old Orchard Beach, LIBBY of Auburn


LD # 603Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, July 05, 2021
An Act Regarding the Practice of Pharmacy  

This bill amends the definition of the terms "pharmacist" and "practice of pharmacy" in the Maine Pharmacy Act. It also requires the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Maine Board of Pharmacy to establish the specifications for administering medications, drugs, devices and other materials within the practice of pharmacy.
Status: Public Law Chapter 146
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: Thursday: 4/1/2021 10:00 AM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator SANBORN of Cumberland.Cosponsored by Senators: BRENNER of Cumberland, DIAMOND of Cumberland, STEWART of Aroostook, Representatives: MORRIS of Turner, PERRY of Calais


LD # 612Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
An Act To Recognize Occupational Licenses and Certifications from Other States To Attract New Residents and Businesses to Maine  

This bill creates a framework for the various government agencies, boards, departments 39and other governmental entities that regulate and issue licenses within the State to offer a path to certification or licensure in Maine to persons who hold occupational credentials from other states in order to allow those persons to more quickly qualify to work within their occupations or professions in Maine.
Status: Dead
Committee: Innovation, Development, Economic Advanc
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: 4/7/21 1:00pm
Sponsors:
Rep. Andrews of Paris


LD # 617Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, June 28, 2021
An Act Concerning Prior Authorizations for Prescription Drugs  

This bill does the following.
1. It requires carriers to provide by January 1, 2023 at least one electronic tool to facilitate the availability of certain prescription drug benefit information in real time at the point of prescribing and when submitting prior authorization requests for prescription 8drugs. It also permits the Superintendent of Insurance to grant a waiver from the requirements for good cause.
2. It requires the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance to monitor compliance by carriers with the requirements of law related to electronic transmission of prior authorization requests for prescription drugs and to submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health coverage and insurance matters on the status of that compliance by June 1, 2023.
Status: DEAD
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: March 9, 2021 Public Hearing 10:00 am
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative BROOKS of Lewiston. Cosponsored by Representatives: ARFORD of Brunswick, TEPLER of Topsham, Senators: BRENNER of Cumberland, SANBORN of Cumberland


LD # 629Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
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: Enacted in House; 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 # 642Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, June 22, 2021
An Act To Ensure That Children Receive Behavioral Health Services  

The committee amendment is the majority report of the committee. It replaces the bill, but retains the bill's intent to ensure the time-sensitive provision of behavioral health services to minors by licensed psychologists practicing clinical psychology, social workers and clinical professional counselors. The amendment authorizes specified providers to provide services with the consent of one of the minor's parents or the minor's guardian. The provisions do not prohibit the provider from informing another parent or guardian of the 10minor of the services.
Status: Public Law Chapter 302
Committee: Judiciary
Hearing: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 1:00 PM
Work Session: Thursday, April 1, 2021 1:00 PM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative GRAMLICH of Old Orchard Beach.Cosponsored by Representatives: MADIGAN of Waterville, PEBWORTH of Blue Hill, WARREN of Hallowell, Senators: BALDACCI of Penobscot, MOORE of Washington.


LD # 649Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, May 21, 2021
An Act To Expand and Promote Telehealth Services  

This bill provides under the insurance laws that a health care provider may provide telehealth services using telecommunications technology and equipment of the patient's choice or, with the patient's consent, telecommunications technology and equipment available to the provider and the patient.
It also provides that a provider not licensed in the State must follow the criteria in the medical licensing laws relating to the provision of telehealth services to a patient in the State.
The bill also amends the medical licensing laws for a physician not licensed in the State by expanding the physician's ability to provide consulting services to a patient to allow the physician to provide any telehealth service to a patient.
It also changes from discretionary to mandatory the Board of Licensure in Medicine's approval of a physician not licensed in the State to provide telehealth services in the State if the physician meets certain criteria and reduces from $500 to $300 the fee the physician must pay to become registered to practice telehealth services in the State.
Status: Ought Not to Pass - see LD 791
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: Thursday, May 6, 2021 10:00 AM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator STEWART of Aroostook.Cosponsored by Representative MORRIS of Turner andSenators: CLAXTON of Androscoggin, MOORE of Washington, Representative: WHITE of Waterville.


LD # 652Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021
An Act To Include an Emergency Reimbursement Rate Review Process in Rate Setting by the Department of Health and Human Services  

This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a process for emergency reimbursement rate review to be used at times of extraordinary circumstances. This process must be established as part of the current rate review process undertaken by the department.
Status: Dead
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: 4/6/2021 2:00 PM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative SACHS of Freeport.Cosponsored by Representatives: HYMANSON of York, PERRY of Calais, STOVER of Boothbay, TALBOT ROSS of Portland, WOOD of Portland.


LD # 673Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, June 28, 2021
An Act To Create the Insulin Safety Net Program  

This bill establishes the Insulin Safety Net Program, which is modeled after a similar program in Minnesota.
The bill requires the Maine Board of Pharmacy to oversee the program.
The bill requires that, by January 1, 2022, manufacturers of insulin establish procedures to make insulin available to pharmacies for dispensing to eligible individuals who are in urgent need of insulin or who need access to an affordable insulin supply. The bill requires annual reporting to the Legislature on the number of Maine residents accessing insulin through the program and the cost to manufacturers. The bill includes provision to repeal the program in 5 years.
Status: PL ch 303
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: 4/13/21 10AM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator BREEN of Cumberland.Cosponsored by Representative MADIGAN of Waterville and Senators: CLAXTON of Androscoggin, President JACKSON of Aroostook, MAXMIN of Lincoln, RAFFERTY of York, Representatives: McDONALD of Stonington, WHITE of Waterville, WILLIAMS of Bar Harbor.


LD # 758Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021
Resolve, To Study Streamlining the Background Check Process for State-licensed Professions That Require Background Checks  

This resolve establishes the Background Check Consolidation Commission to study consolidating and centralizing as many state-required background checks required for employment as possible, including background checks for teachers, state workers and persons seeking Maine guide licenses.
Status: Dead
Committee: Criminal Justice And Public Safety
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative McCREA of Fort Fairfield.Cosponsored by Representatives: ARATA of New Gloucester, BRYANT of Windham, O'NEIL of Saco, Senators: CHIPMAN of Cumberland, MIRAMANT of Knox.


LD # 759Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, July 05, 2021
An Act To Amend the Child Endangerment Laws To Include Certain Unauthorized Access to a Loaded Firearm  

This bill amends the Maine Criminal Code to specify that storing or leaving a loaded firearm on premises under a person's control when the person knows or reasonably should know that a child is likely to gain access to that firearm, and the child in fact gains access to the loaded firearm and uses it, is considered endangering the welfare of a child and is a Class D crime.
The bill provides a number of affirmative defenses to the crime, including that the firearm is stored in a locked box or locked gun safe, the child uses the firearm in self-defense or defense of others, the person has no reasonable expectation that a child will be on the premises and the firearm is obtained by the child as the result of a crime.
The committee amendment amends that provision to specify that storing or leaving a loaded firearm on premises under a person's control with criminal negligence in a manner that allows a child to gain access to that firearm, and the child in fact gains access to the loaded firearm and uses it, is considered endangering the welfare of a child and is a Class D crime.
The Senate amendment specifies that endangering the welfare of a child occurs when the child gains access to and uses a firearm and the child is under 16 years of age.
Status: Public Law Chapter 388 w/o Gov signature
Committee: Criminal Justice And Public Safety
Hearing: Wednesday: 4/21/2021 10:00 AM
Work Session: May 6, 2021 Voted Divided Report
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative DOUDERA of Camden.Cosponsored by Senator BREEN of Cumberland and Representatives: BELL of Yarmouth, Speaker FECTEAU of Biddeford, MILLETT of Cape Elizabeth, TALBOT ROSS of Portland, WARREN of Hallowell, ZAGER of Portland, Senator:LIBBY of Androscoggin.


LD # 785Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, July 05, 2021
An Act To Change the Standard for Assessing Risk of Serious Harm  

The committee amendment is the majority report. It replaces the bill.
This amendment revises the standard for a law enforcement officer to take a person into protective custody. Current law is based on the law enforcement officer's having probable cause to believe that a person may be mentally ill and, because of that condition, presents a threat of imminent and substantial physical harm to that person or to another person.
This amendment changes that standard to the law enforcement officer's having probable cause to believe the person is mentally ill and, due to that condition, the person poses a likelihood of serious harm as defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 34-B, section 3801, subsection 4-A, paragraph A, B or C. Title 34-B, section 3801, subsection 4-A defines "likelihood of serious harm." For the purposes of this amendment, "likelihood of serious harm" can be established under subsection 4-A, paragraph A by a substantial risk of physical harm to the person as manifested by recent threats of, or attempts at, suicide or serious self-inflicted harm; under paragraph B by a substantial risk of physical harm to other persons as manifested by recent homicidal or violent behavior or by recent conduct placing others in reasonable fear of serious physical harm; or under paragraph C by a reasonable certainty that the person will suffer severe physical or mental harm as manifested by recent behavior demonstrating an inability to avoid risk or to protect the person adequately from impairment or injury. Paragraph D does not apply in the situation covered by this amendment.
Status: Public Law Chapter 377 w/o Gov signature
Committee: Judiciary
Hearing: 4/8/21 2:00PM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative CARDONE of Bangor.Cosponsored by Senator BALDACCI of Penobscot andRepresentatives: CRAVEN of Lewiston, McDONALD of Stonington, PERRY of Bangor,ROEDER of Bangor, Senator: GUERIN of Penobscot.


LD # 791Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, June 22, 2021
An Act Regarding Telehealth Regulations  

The committee amendment replaces the bill which was a concept draft. It does the following:
Part A makes necessary changes to the definition of “telehealth” in Title 22 and 24-A for consistency. Part A allows patients receiving MaineCare health services to provide verbal, electronic or written consent to telehealth and telemonitoring services.
Part A makes clear that a health insurance carrier must provide coverage for a health care service though telehealth as long as the provider is acting with the scope of practice of the provider’s license and in accordance with any rules adopted by the board that issued the provider’s license related to standards of practice for the delivery of a health care service through telehealth.It also removes restrictions related to the technology used to provide services through telehealth.
Part A prohibits a carrier from placing any restriction on the prescribing of medication through telehealth by a provider whose scope of practice includes prescribing medication that is more restrictive than any requirement in state and federal law for prescribing medication through in-person consultation.
Part A clarifies that the availability of health care services through telehealth may not be considered for the purposes of demonstrating network adequacy.
Part B permits health care providers licensedunder the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation to provide telehealth services as long as the licensee acts within the scope of practice of the licensee's license, in accordance with any requirements and restrictions imposed by law and in accordance with standards of practice. The bill defines "telehealth services" and authorizes licensing entities to adopt rules to establish standards of practice and restrictions for telehealth services.
This Senate amendment adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause to the bill.
Status: Public Law Chapter 291
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: May 6, 2021, 10:00a
Work Session: May 20, 2021
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator SANBORN of Cumberland.Cosponsored by Representative TEPLER of Topsham.


LD # 797Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021
An Act To Create a Registry To Improve Access to Automated External Defibrillators  

This bill requires the Director of Maine Emergency Medical Services within the Department of Public Safety to establish a registry of publicly accessible automated external defibrillators located within the State for the purpose of assisting a person or a law enforcement officer, firefighter or emergency medical services person who calls for assistance in an emergency situation. The bill authorizes the director to accept grants, funds, equipment and services to establish, operate and maintain the registry of publicly accessible automated external defibrillators and requires the Department of Public Safety to adopt routine technical rules regarding the registry.
Status: Public Law Chapter 82
Committee: Criminal Justice And Public Safety
Hearing: 4/7/21 10am
Work Session: 4/14/2021 1:00 PM
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator DESCHAMBAULT of York.


LD # 804Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021
An Act To Require Notice for Orthopedic Medical Device Recalls  

This bill requires a hospital or ambulatory surgical facility to notify patients when the hospital or ambulatory surgical facility receives notice that an orthopedic medical device that the hospital or ambulatory surgical facility has provided to a patient has been subjected to market withdrawal or United States Food and Drug Administration requested recall.
Notice must be provided to the patient in writing within 30 days and include identification of the specific device, a concise explanation of the reason for the recall and the hazards involved, if any, specific action steps and a point of contact for the patient.
The bill provides for a civil violation if an individual or entity fails to provide the notification. An individual is subject to a fine of not less than $500 and not more than $5,000 for each violation, and an entity is subject to a fine of not less than $2,000 and not 12more than $15,000 for each violation.
Status: Dead
Committee: Innovation, Development, Economic Advanc
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: Apr 15, 2021 9:30am
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator KEIM of Oxford.Cosponsored by Representative ARFORD of Brunswick andSenators: BLACK of Franklin, CLAXTON of Androscoggin, STEWART of Aroostook, WOODSOME of York, Representatives: JAVNER of Chester, MADIGAN of Waterville, WHITE of Waterville, ZAGER of Portland.


LD # 849Position: watchLast Updated: Thursday, June 03, 2021
An Act To Make Permanent the Telehealth Reimbursement Options Passed by Emergency Measures  

This bill makes permanent the authorization for the delivery of health care services through telehealth by telephone that was provided through executive order during the declared public health emergency related to COVID-19.
Under current law, health insurance carriers are required to reimburse for services delivered through telehealth at parity with the reimbursement that would be provided if the services were delivered through an in-person consultation, but the use of audio-only telephone to deliver those services is not permitted. This bill removes that prohibition. The bill also clarifies that reimbursement for telehealth services must be made on the same basis and at the same rate as if the services were delivered in person and that a carrier may not establish separate deductible limits for telehealth services that are not applied in the aggregate with other services covered under a health plan.
Under current law, telehealth services reimbursed under the MaineCare program for the delivery of service using the telephone are limited to when interactive telehealth services are unavailable or when a telephonic service is medically appropriate for the underlying covered service. This bill removes that limitation and also clarifies that services provided through telehealth must be reimbursed at the same rate as comparable services 18provided through an in-person consultation.
The requirements in the bill apply to health plans issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2022.
Status: Ought Not to Pass - see LD 791
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: May 6, 2021, 10:00a
Work Session: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 10:00 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative MATHIESON of Kittery.Cosponsored by Representatives: BROOKS of Lewiston, GRAMLICH of Old Orchard Beach, SACHS of Freeport, Senator: BRENNER of Cumberland.


LD # 861Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
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: Carried Over
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: 4/8/21 2:00pm
Work Session: Jun 7, 2021 Carry Over Approved
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: Monday, July 19, 2021
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: Carried Over
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: Jun 3, 2021 Carry Over Approved
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 # 869Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, June 28, 2021
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  

This bill directs the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to convene a stakeholder group of interested parties to review the progressive treatment program under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 34-B, section 3873-A to increase participation of nonstate mental health institutions in that program and to review for efficiency and effectiveness the processes by which a person may be involuntarily admitted to a psychiatric hospital or receive court-ordered community treatment pursuant to Title 34-B, chapter 3, subchapter 144, article 3. The commissioner is directed to submit a report with recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than December 1, 2021.
The committee may report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 130th Legislature related to the recommendations of the report.
Status: Resolve ch 60 2021
Committee: Judiciary
Hearing: 4/7/21 2:00pm
Work Session: Referred to HHS
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais.Cosponsored by Senator BALDACCI of Penobscot andRepresentatives: MADIGAN of Waterville, STOVER of Boothbay.


LD # 922Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, June 28, 2021
An Act To Help Cancer Patients with Fertility Preservation  

This bill requires insurance carriers offering health plans in this State to provide coverage for fertility preservation services when necessary cancer treatment may directly or indirectly cause infertility. The requirements of the bill apply to health plans issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2022.
Status: DEAD
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative CRAVEN of Lewiston.Cosponsored by Representatives: STOVER of Boothbay, WHITE of Waterville, Senator: LIBBY of Androscoggin.


LD # 924Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, July 05, 2021
Resolve, To Establish a Task Force To Study the Coordination of Services and Expansion of Educational Programs for Young Adults with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities To Identify Barriers to Full Societal Integration  

This resolve establishes the Task Force To Study the Coordination of Services and Expansion of Educational Programs for Young Adults with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities to identify barriers inhibiting adults 18 years of age to 40 years of age with intellectual or developmental disabilities from being fully integrated into society and to recommend possible solutions. The membership of the task force consists of Legislators who serve on the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs, health and human services matters and labor and housing matters, the Commissioner of Education, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, the Commissioner of Labor, members of organizations or associations knowledgeable about services for young adults with disabilities after high school, parents or guardians or direct care providers of a young adult with a disability and young adults with disabilities who are eligible to receive services from the State.
The Commissioner of Education convenes the task force, which must hold a minimum of 4 meetings and submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services and the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing with recommendations on targeted reforms to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of services provided by different agencies and continuing educational opportunities for young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities after high school. The task force must also analyze current data and retrospective data for the past 6 years regarding the function and efficacy of current federal and state mandates pertaining to young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities and provide recommendations to enhance the coordination of programs to ensure the most efficient and effective provision of essential services.
The committee amendment redefines the population to be considered by the task force created by the resolve as young adults with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, acquired brain injury and similar conditions, with a focus on those eligible for Department of Health and Human Services rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Sections 18, 20, 21 and 29 MaineCare home and community-based services waiver programs.
It replaces the member of the task force representing the Department of Transportation, appointed by the Commissioner of Education, with the Commissioner of Transportation or 43the commissioner's designee. It also replaces the member of the task force representing the Maine State Housing Authority, appointed by the Commissioner of Education, with the director of the Maine State Housing Authority or the director's designee. It changes the task force duties to focus on the degree to which transition planning services are effective in helping students identify educational and vocational opportunities and in preparing students to access these opportunities; the benefits, assessments, expansion and availability of continuing educational opportunities for young adults with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, acquired brain injury and similar conditions; the vocational opportunities and work support services available to young adults with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, acquired brain injury and similar conditions; and the degree to which case managers and individualized education program teams engage with and connect students and their families with adult services that provide vocational supports, including home and community-based services waivers available through the Department of Health and Human Services, office of MaineCare services and office of aging and disability services.
Status: Passed to be Enacted
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: 4/5/21 10:45 AM
Work Session: Monday: 4/12/2021 1:00 PM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative PEBWORTH of Blue Hill.Cosponsored by Senator LUCHINI of Hancock and Representatives: COPELAND of Saco, DODGE of Belfast, DRINKWATER of Milford.


LD # 942Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
An Act To Waive Professional and Occupational Licensing Fees for Calendar Year 2020  

This bill waives all licensing and certification fees for calendar year 2020 that are imposed pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 32, which governs professions and occupations. A person who has paid a licensing or certification fee for calendar year 2020 10must be reimbursed.
Status: Dead
Committee: Innovation, Development, Economic Advanc
Hearing: Apr 8, 2021 9:30am
Work Session: April 22, 2021
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative FAULKINGHAM of Winter Harbor.Cosponsored by Representatives: CARMICHAEL of Greenbush, FECTEAU of Augusta, GRIGNON of Athens, MASON of Lisbon, O'CONNOR of Berwick, THORNE of Carmel.


LD # 951Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
An Act To Improve Transparency of Medical Billing  

This bill provides that:
1. A health care practitioner or laboratory providing health care or laboratory services in a medical office or laboratory must inform patients of the cost of such care or services prior to provision of that care or those services; and
2. A health care entity may not bill a responsible party for the first time for a medical service that occurred more than one year earlier. It provides that a responsible party who receives a bill for a medical service for the first time for a medical service that occurred more than one year earlier is not obligated to pay the bill. It further provides that a health care entity may not initiate a collection action against the responsible party if the health care entity had not billed the responsible party within one year of the medical service.
Status: Dead
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: Apr 20, 2021 10:00am
Work Session: Apr 29, 2021, 1:00p
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator BENNETT of Oxford.Cosponsored by Senator: STEWART of Aroostook, Representatives: ARFORD of Brunswick, MORRIS of Turner.


LD # 962Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
An Act To Appropriate Funds To Eliminate Waiting Lists for Home and Community-based Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, Brain Injury and Other Related Conditions  

This bill provides funding to provide services to individuals with brain injury, other related conditions, developmental disabilities or autism spectrum disorder on the waiting list for community-based services provided under the MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapters II and III, Section 21, Home and Community Benefits for Members with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder, Section 29, Support Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder, Section 18, Home and Community-Based Services for Adults with Brain Injury and Section 20, Home and Community-Based Services for Adults with Other Related Conditions.
Status: Dead
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Wednesday: 4/21/2021 10:00 AM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative MILLETT of Cape Elizabeth.Cosponsored by Senator CLAXTON of Androscoggin andRepresentatives: MEYER of Eliot, PERRY of Calais, STOVER of Boothbay, WHITE of Waterville.


LD # 964Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, July 05, 2021
An Act To Expand Access to Certified Substance Use Disorder Recovery Residence Services  

This bill requires recovery residences to be certified according to the standards set by a nationally recognized organization that supports persons recovering from substance use disorder in order to receive contracts from the department or receive housing vouchers or municipal general assistance housing assistance from a person living in a recovery residence.
The bill also prevents an applicant for general assistance from being denied general assistance for the sole reason that the person is living in a recovery residence.
The bill requires the costs of living in a recovery residence to be calculated in the same manner as for other housing assistance when maximum amounts of general assistance under the municipal ordinance and the amount of general assistance granted to the applicant are established.
The committee amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
1. It requires recovery residences to be certified in order to receive contracts from the Department of Health and Human Services or housing assistance or vouchers for persons eligible for general assistance, as of July 1, 2022.
2. It clarifies that any housing assistance or vouchers provided through the Maine State Housing Authority provided to a person recovering from substance use disorder under the bill does not conflict with federal law.223. It allows a person residing in a recovery residence that is not certified to receive housing assistance in the general assistance program for one 30-day period and requires the overseer of the municipality to inform the person that the law requires certification of the recovery residence for housing assistance in the general assistance program.
4. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to change its rules to establish appropriate maximum housing assistance levels for eligible persons residing in recovery residences that take into account the additional costs of providing recovery residences compared to other shared housing arrangements as well as the fair market rents established by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development that are used to establish maximum housing assistance levels under the general assistance program.32The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.
The Senate amendment reduces the appropriation for the contract for certification of the recovery residences.
Status: Passed to be Enacted
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: Tuesday: 5/11/2021 10:00 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative FECTEAU of Augusta.Cosponsored by Senator POULIOT of Kennebec and Representatives: DUNPHY of Old Town, MADIGAN of Waterville, PICKETT of Dixfield, WARREN of Hallowell, Senator: MAXMIN of Lincoln.


LD # 968Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, July 09, 2021
Resolve, To Expand Mental Health Crisis Intervention Mobile Response Services  

This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to expand mental health crisis intervention mobile response services to provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to the entire State. The department is directed to do this using funding provided for a request for proposal for behavioral health crisis center services.
Status: Dead
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Monday, April 12, 2021, 1:00 PM
Work Session: Tuesday: 5/11/2021 10:00 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative SUPICA of Bangor.Cosponsored by Representatives: SACHS of Freeport, WARREN of Hallowell.


LD # 972Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 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: Passed to be Enacted; on approps. table
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative CRAVEN of Lewiston.


LD # 994Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, July 06, 2021
An Act To Promote Public Health by Eliminating Criminal Penalties for Possession of Hypodermic Apparatuses  

This bill amends the provisions regarding hypodermic apparatuses in the following ways.
1. It allows a person to possess a residual amount of a scheduled drug that is contained in one or more hypodermic apparatuses without committing the crime of unlawful possession of a scheduled drug.232. It repeals the law governing the crimes of trafficking in or furnishing hypodermic apparatuses.
3. It repeals the law governing the crime of illegal possession of hypodermic apparatuses.
4. It removes from the definition of drug paraphernalia under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 1111-A items used for testing, analyzing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human body scheduled drugs.
5. It removes similar provisions in the food and drug safety provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes and in the Maine Pharmacy Act.
Status: Passed to be Enacted
Committee: Criminal Justice And Public Safety
Hearing: Apr 21, 2021, 2:00p
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative McDONALD of Stonington.Cosponsored by Representatives: BROOKS of Lewiston, EVANS of Dover-Foxcroft, PLUECKER of Warren, STOVER of Boothbay, WARREN of Scarborough, ZAGER of Portland, Senators: CARNEY of Cumberland, DAUGHTRY of Cumberland.


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 # 1045Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
An Act To Support Universal Health Care  

This bill establishes the Maine Health Care Plan to provide universal health care coverage to all residents of this State. The bill is modeled on proposed legislation considered in Minnesota.
Status: Dead
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative BROOKS of Lewiston.Cosponsored by Representatives: ARFORD of Brunswick, EVANS of Dover-Foxcroft, GRAMLICH of Old Orchard Beach, MORALES of South Portland, SACHS of Freeport.


LD # 1059Position: watchLast Updated: Thursday, June 03, 2021
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: Carried Over
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:00 AM
Work Session: Jun 3, 2021 Carry Over Approved
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative MORALES of South Portland.


LD # 1064Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, July 06, 2021
An Act To Advance Palliative Care Utilization in the State  

The committee amendment replaces the bill and makes a number of changes to the bill.
1. It removes the section of the bill that standardizes delivery of palliative care.
2. It specifies that the Department of Health and Human Services must use national standards in developing a MaineCare methodology that reimburses for the interdisciplinary team. It specifies that the department must consider the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care developed by the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care.
3. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to periodically convene a stakeholder group to advise the department on educational materials and outreach so that providers of palliative care understand the reimbursement system and rules.
4. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit any necessary state plan amendments to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Status: Passed to be Enacted
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Apr 1, 2021, 12:00p
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative CRAVEN of Lewiston.Cosponsored by Senator BALDACCI of Penobscot and Representatives: CLOUTIER of Lewiston, McCREIGHT of Harpswell, MEYER of Eliot, PERRY of Calais, STOVER of Boothbay, Senators: CLAXTON of Androscoggin, MOORE of Washington.


LD # 1080Position: watchLast Updated: Thursday, June 03, 2021
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: Carried Over
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 2:00 PM
Work Session: Jun 3, 2021 Carry Over Approved
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 # 1082Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 25, 2021
An Act To Improve Educational Opportunities by Exempting Children Who Attend Virtual Public Charter Schools from Immunization Requirements and Expanding Enrollment at Virtual Public Charter Schools  

This bill increases the total enrollment at virtual public charter schools authorized by the Maine Charter School Commission from 1,000 at all virtual public charter schools to 1,500 at a virtual public charter school. It allows a virtual public charter school to expand to serve grade levels beyond the grade levels under the school's initial or renewed charter contract to include grade levels 5 and 6.
It exempts children who are enrolled in or attend a virtual public charter school from immunization requirements. It also allows the Maine Charter School Commission to adopt safety protocols for physical attendance by such children at any class or school program.
Status: Dead
Committee: Education And Cultural Affairs
Hearing: Thursday: 5/6/2021 10:00am
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative SAMPSON of Alfred.Cosponsored by Senator POULIOT of Kennebec and Representative: DRINKWATER of Milford.


LD # 1090Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021
Resolve, To Equitably Fund Legal Fees for Progressive Treatment Programs  

This resolve establishes a pilot project within the Department of Health and Human Services to fund court and legal fees incurred by a superintendent or chief administrative officer of a nonstate mental health institution or a director of an assertive community treatment service team in association with filing and obtaining an order from the District Court to admit a patient to a progressive treatment program. The pilot project is funded up to $250,000 from the Medical Use of Marijuana Fund to provide up to $800 per application. The department is required to submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters at the conclusion of the pilot project. The joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters is authorized to report out legislation related to the report to the Second Regular Session of the 131st Legislature.
Status: Dead
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator CLAXTON of Androscoggin


LD # 1113Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, June 28, 2021
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  

This resolve directs the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations to study disparities in access to prenatal care in the State. It authorizes the commission to submit legislation that serves to create equity in access to prenatal care in the State to the Second Regular Session of the 130th Legislature and allows the members of the commission to be reimbursed for their expenses incurred in this work.
Status: Resolve ch 71 2021
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator CARNEY of Cumberland.Cosponsored by Representative TALBOT ROSS of Portland andSenators: BREEN of Cumberland, MOORE of Washington.


LD # 1115Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, July 06, 2021
An Act To Improve Access to HIV Prevention Medications  

This bill makes the following changes to improve access to HIV prevention drugs.
The bill requires that any drug formulary used in the MaineCare program must ensure that HIV prevention drugs are available to members covered by MaineCare.
The bill requires health insurance carriers to provide coverage for an enrollee for HIV prevention drugs that have been determined to be medically necessary by a health care provider. A carrier is not required to cover a preexposure prophylaxis drug, also known as PrEP, in excess of a 60-day supply to a single enrollee every 2 years. If the federal Food and Drug Administration has approved one or more therapeutic equivalents of an HIV 8prevention drug, a carrier is not required to cover all of the therapeutically equivalent drugs as long as the carrier covers at least one therapeutically equivalent drug at the tier with the lowest cost-sharing requirement on the carrier's prescription drug formulary. The bill also prohibits a carrier from imposing prior authorization or step therapy requirements on any HIV prevention drug, except that, if the federal Food and Drug Administration has approved one or more therapeutic equivalents of an HIV prevention drug, a carrier is required to cover at least one therapeutically equivalent drug without prior authorization or step therapy requirements. The bill's requirements with regard to health insurance carriers apply to health plans issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2022.
The bill also authorizes a pharmacist to dispense HIV prevention drugs under certain 18conditions without a prescription subject to rules for dispensing and protocols adopted by the Maine Board of Pharmacy.
The committee amendment clarifies that health insurance carriers are not required to cover all of the drugs approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration for HIV prevention as long as the carrier covers at least one approved drug for each method of administration with no out-of-pocket cost to the enrollee. The amendment also clarifies that a carrier is required to cover at least one approved drug for each method of administration without prior authorization or step therapy requirements.
The amendment also makes changes to the bill’s provisions authorizing a pharmacist to dispense HIV prevention drugs under certain conditions pursuant to a standing order or to protocols developed by the Maine Board of Pharmacy by authorizing a pharmacist to prescribe, dispense and administer HIV prevention drugs pursuant to a standing order or collaborative practice agreement or when there is no prescription drug order from a health care provider, subject to rules and protocols adopted by the board. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
Status: Public Law Chapter 265
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: Apr 8, 2021 10:00am
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator SANBORN of Cumberland.Cosponsored by Speaker FECTEAU of Biddeford and Senators: CLAXTON of Androscoggin, LIBBY of Androscoggin.


LD # 1131Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
An Act To Allow Reciprocity for Licensed Workers from Out of State  

This bill creates a framework for the various government agencies, boards, departments and other governmental entities that regulate and issue licenses within the State to offer a path to certification or licensure in Maine to persons who hold occupational credentials from other states in order to allow those persons to more quickly qualify to work within their occupations or professions in Maine.
Status: Dead
Committee: Innovation, Development, Economic Advanc
Hearing: Apr 6, 2021 9:30am
Work Session: 4/7/21 1:00 pm
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative HUTCHINS of Penobscot


LD # 1135Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, July 06, 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: Passed to be Enacted; on approps. table
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative STOVER of Boothbay


LD # 1177Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, July 09, 2021
An Act To Increase Access to Intranasal Naloxone Hydrochloride for Syringe Services Programs  

This bill allows hypodermic apparatus exchange programs and overdose prevention programs to distribute intranasal naloxone hydrochloride through vending machines in accordance with rules adopted by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Status: Dead
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative McDONALD of Stonington.Cosponsored by Representatives: COLLINGS of Portland, ROEDER of Bangor, SUPICA of Bangor, TALBOT ROSS of Portland, WARREN of Scarborough, Senator: CLAXTON of Androscoggin.


LD # 1194Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
An Act To Reduce Health Care Worker Shortages  

This bill makes permanent the authorization for licensing out-of-state and recently retired doctors, physician assistants and nurses that was provided through executive order during the declared state of civil emergency related to COVID-19. The bill also expands the scope of health care services that can be provided though telehealth to include the use of audio-only telephone.
Status: Dead
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: May 6, 2021, 10:00a
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative LIBBY of Auburn.Cosponsored by Representatives: EVANS of Dover-Foxcroft, GEIGER of Rockland, PERRYof Calais, WHITE of Waterville, Senator: CLAXTON of Androscoggin.


LD # 1196Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021
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: Jun 3, 2021 Carry Over Approved
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 # 1262Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, June 28, 2021
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  

This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services, including the department's Office of Child and Family Services, office of behavioral health and office of aging and disability services and a variety of other interested parties and stakeholders, to develop a vision and comprehensive statewide strategic plan to serve people in the State with behavioral health needs throughout their lifespans.
The department's Office of Child and Family Services, office of behavioral health and office of aging and disability services shall draft the plan in collaboration with the Legislature, other agencies of the executive branch, indigenous and tribal populations of the State, the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations, consumer groups, service providers, public safety organizations, law enforcement organizations, hospitals and the LGBTQ community.
The resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a comprehensive statewide strategic plan to serve people with behavioral health needs throughout their life span.
The committee amendment removes references to individual offices within the Department of Health and Human Services for the drafting of the plan. It also references to the Legislature and adds any other interested parties to the section on plan participation. It clarifies that the department will seek public input.
Status: Resolve ch 80 2021
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Monday, April 12, 2021, 1:00 PM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator BREEN of Cumberland.Cosponsored by Representative WARREN of Hallowell andRepresentatives: FAY of Raymond, MADIGAN of Waterville, TALBOT ROSS of Portland


LD # 1263Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021
An Act To Create a Separate Department of Child and Family Services  

This bill creates a new Department of Child and Family Services by transferring the functions of the Department of Health and Human Services that relate to child and family services and child welfare to the new department.
The department shall provide supportive, preventive, protective, public health and intervention services to children and their families. The department shall endeavor to assist families in providing for the developmental health and safety needs of their children, while respecting the rights and preferences of the children and their families.
The department shall provide the programs and services as specified in this section and otherwise by law:
A. Child welfare services;
B. Head Start and child care services;
C. Maternal and child health services, including home visiting programs;
D. Parentage establishment and child support enforcement services; and
E. Residential and long-term care services for children with disabilities.
The Department of Child and Family Services will have a commissioner appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Legislature as is the current Commissioner of Health and Human Services. The bill also establishes provisions for transferring functions to the new department.
Status: Dead
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 2:30 PM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland


LD # 1267Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
Resolve, To Provide Medicaid Rate Increases for Professionals Working with Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities  

This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules governing MaineCare reimbursement for professionals working with individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities to provide an increase reflecting cost increases from 2010 to 2020.
Status: Dead
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Tuesday: 4/20/2021 12:00 Noon
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator STEWART of Aroostook.Cosponsored by Representative DILLINGHAM of Oxford and Senator: MOORE of Washington, Representative: LEMELIN of Chelsea.


LD # 1268Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, July 06, 2021
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  

The committee amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, replaces the bill. The amendment requires a health insurance carrier to approve a prior authorization request for medication on the carrier's formulary prescribed to assess or treat an enrollee's serious mental illness. The amendment also requires a carrier to provide an exception to step therapy protocols for prescription drugs selected by the enrollee's health care provider intended to assess or treat the enrollee's serious mental illness. The requirements apply to health insurance policies issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2022.
Status: Public Law Chapter 345
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 11:00 AM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator STEWART of Aroostook.Cosponsored by Senators: DIAMOND of Cumberland, ROSEN of Hancock, SANBORN of Cumberland, Representatives: COPELAND of Saco, EVANS of Dover-Foxcroft, HYMANSON of York, MORRIS of Turner, WHITE of Waterville.


LD # 1273Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, July 06, 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: Passed to be Enacted; 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 # 1274Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, July 06, 2021
An Act Regarding 2021 Municipal Elections and Town Meetings  

For summary, go to:
https://legislature.maine.gov/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0934&item=1&snum=

For the summary of the committee amendment, go to:
http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0934&item=2&snum=130
Status: Public Law Chapter 333
Committee: Veterans And Legal Affairs
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative HEPLER of Woolwich.Cosponsored by Representatives: BERRY of Bowdoinham, HARNETT of Gardiner, Senators: BREEN of Cumberland, MOORE of Washington.


LD # 1286Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, July 09, 2021
Resolve, Directing the Department of Public Safety To Apply for an Exemption from Background Checks for Holders of Concealed Weapons Permits  

This resolve directs the Department of Public Safety to apply to the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for an exemption from background checks under the national instant criminal background check system for holders of concealed weapons permits when purchasing a firearm.
Status: Dead
Committee: Criminal Justice And Public Safety
Hearing: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 10:00 AM
Work Session: May 6, 2021 Voted ONTP
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative KINNEY of Knox


LD # 1292Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021
An Act Regarding the Parental Right To Direct the Health Care of Children  

This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to obtain permission from a parent or guardian before placing an infected minor in isolation during a public health emergency. It also prohibits physical examinations, surgical procedures, vaccine administrations and drug prescriptions for a minor without parent or guardian permission, as well as a physician's orders not to resuscitate, to withhold an artificial life-sustaining procedure or to withhold artificial nutrition and hydration. An exception is provided for life-threatening situations or when the parent or guardian cannot be readily located or contacted.
Status: Dead
Committee: Judiciary
Hearing: Thursday, May 6, 2021, 9:00 AM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator KEIM of Oxford.Cosponsored by Senator: MIRAMANT of Knox.


LD # 1293Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021
An Act To Improve Access to Certain Injectable Medications for Treatment of Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder  

This bill permits pharmacists licensed within the State to administer to adults injections of drugs approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of mental illness and substance use disorder upon the order of a licensed practitioner or as part of a collaborative practice agreement.
The committee amendment changes the title and expands the scope of the bill to authorize pharmacists licensed in this State to administer to adults injections of drugs approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration upon the order of a licensed health care practitioner or as part of a collaborative practice agreement. The bill limits the administration of injectable medications to those prescribed for the treatment of mental illness and substance use disorder.
The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
Status: Public Law Chapter 271
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: Thursday, April 15, 2021, 10:00 AM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator CLAXTON of Androscoggin.


LD # 1297Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, July 09, 2021
An Act To Provide Educational Opportunities for Family Membersof Deceased Veterans, First Responders and Health Care Workers  

This bill creates the Educational Opportunity Grant Program for Family Members of Deceased Veterans, First Responders and Health Care Workers, administered by the Finance Authority of Maine, to provide postsecondary education grants to eligible children and spouses of veterans, first responders and health care workers who die or contract a condition or illness that leads to their death. The program is funded by a fund that may accept appropriations, allocations, grants or donations from public and private sources, including financial aid resources, and the authority may solicit private donations for the fund.
Status: Dead
Committee: Innovation, Development, Economic Advanc
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative BROOKS of Lewiston.Cosponsored by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin and Representatives: CLOUTIER of Lewiston, CRAVEN of Lewiston, DUNPHY of Old Town, Speaker FECTEAU of Biddeford, Senator: CLAXTON of Androscoggin


LD # 1298Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021
An Act To Provide Funds for Community-based Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Services and To Reduce by Half the Funding for the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency  

This bill provides funding for community-based substance use disorder treatment and recovery services by reducing by 1/2 the funding for the Department of Public Safety, 8Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Committee: Criminal Justice And Public Safety
Hearing: Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 11:00 AM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative WARREN of Hallowell


LD # 1301Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, July 09, 2021
An Act To Support Transitional Housing for Persons Experiencing Abuse, Dangerous Living Conditions, Economic Insecurity Due to Divorce or Separation, Chronic Homelessness, Substance Use Disorder or Mental Disorders  

This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate and arrange for transitional housing and services including job training and health care services for persons in need of transitional housing, including those experiencing abuse, dangerous living conditions, economic insecurity due to divorce or separation, chronic homelessness, substance use disorder or mental disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, in every county of the State or by region if all counties are provided for. It also provides an ongoing appropriation of $8,000,000 beginning in fiscal year 2022-23.
Status: Dead
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Tuesday: 4/20/2021 9:00 AM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative COLLINGS of Portland.Cosponsored by Senator BALDACCI of Penobscot and Representatives: MADIGAN of Waterville, PERRY of Calais, STOVER of Boothbay, SYLVESTER of Portland.


LD # 1317Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021
An Act To Regulate Insurance Carrier Concurrent, Prepayment and Postpayment Review  

The committee is amendment replaces the bill and establishes requirements for carriers performing practice or facility-wide prepayment review of claims for payment made by providers for covered health care services. The requirements apply to any claim of a provider that has been subjected to practice or facility-wide prepayment review that has not yet been resolved as of the effective date of the bill and any claim submitted by a provider on or after the effective date of the legislation.
Status: Public Law Chapter 272
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 11:00 AM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator BRENNER of Cumberland.Cosponsored by Senators: CLAXTON of Androscoggin, KEIM of Oxford, POULIOT of Kennebec, SANBORN of Cumberland, Representatives: BROOKS of Lewiston, MEYER of Eliot, PERRY of Calais, QUINT of Hodgdon.


LD # 1327Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, June 28, 2021
An Act To Create the Maine Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Program  

This bill creates a new loan repayment program, administered by the Finance Authority of Maine, for health care providers who agree to live and work in the State for a minimum of 5 years. Under the program, the authority will pay up to $30,000 per year and the lesser of $150,000 in aggregate and 50% of the recipient's outstanding loan balance.
The bill establishes a fund for the program, sets parameters for the administration of the program and establishes an advisory committee to guide the work of the Finance Authority of Maine in administering the program.
The committee amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, defines "eligible student loan" to mean a loan obtained as a result of preparation for a health care profession as defined by the Finance Authority of Maine by rule and adds the term to the bill where applicable.
Status: PL ch 346
Committee: Innovation, Development, Economic Advanc
Hearing: Apr 20, 2021 9:30am
Work Session: 5/6/21 9:30 am
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative BAILEY of Gorham.Cosponsored by Representatives: CROCKETT of Portland, EVANS of Dover-Foxcroft, FAY of Raymond, PEBWORTH of Blue Hill, ROBERTS of South Berwick, SYLVESTER of Portland, Senator: DAUGHTRY of Cumberland.


LD # 1361Position: watchLast Updated: Thursday, June 03, 2021
An Act To Amend Telehealth Laws Regarding Out-of-state Telehealth Provisions  

This bill amends the definition of "telehealth" in the health plan requirements of the Maine Insurance Code by clarifying that telehealth is the provision through electronic means of health care services from a telehealth provider in one location and an enrollee in another location directly or through another health care provider, by clarifying which electronic means are allowed for providing telehealth and by removing the exclusion of audio-only telephone, facsimile machine, e-mail or texting from the definition.
The bill also repeals the provisions requiring the registration of out-of-state physicians providing telehealth consulting services and replacing the provisions with only the requirement that the out-of-state physician possess an unrestricted license in medicine in the state from which the physician is located when providing the consulting services and adds a similar provision in the provisions regarding licensure of osteopathic physicians.
Status: Ought Not to Pass - see LD 791
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: May 6, 2021, 10:00a
Work Session: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 10:00 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator STEWART of Aroostook.Cosponsored by Senator: TIMBERLAKE of Androscoggin, Representative: MORRIS of Turner.


LD # 1366Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021
An Act To Require a Majority Vote of the Legislature for Maine To Join Any Multistate Compact  

This bill provides that the State or a state agency may not join, adopt or implement a multistate compact unless that multistate compact is approved by a majority vote of the Legislature.
Status: Dead
Committee: State And Local Government
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative LIBBY of Auburn.Cosponsored by Representative: PLUECKER of Warren


LD # 1385Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
An Act To Provide for Timely Placement with Respect to Violent Patients in Hospital Emergency Rooms  

This bill requires emergency departments of health care facilities to discharge a person exhibiting violent behavior once the person has been medically stabilized and directs the Department of Health and Human Services to establish measures to ensure the safety of emergency department staff and provide appropriate treatment to persons admitted to emergency departments who exhibit violent behavior.
Status: Dead
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: Tuesday: 5/11/2021 10:00 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative DODGE of Belfast.


LD # 1386Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, July 06, 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: On Special Appropriations 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 # 1392Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, July 06, 2021
An Act Directing the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention To Release Annually Public Health Data Regarding Certain Fatalities and Hospitalizations  

The committee amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, replaces the bill. It requires the Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention within the Department of Health and Human Services to annually report on public health data concerning firearm fatalities separated by homicides, including the number of domestic violence homicides, suicides and unintentional discharges, further separated by the ages of the victims of each category, and hospitalizations that occurred as a result of a firearm that did not result in death and to make the report publicly available. It directs the Commissioner of Public Safety, the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, the Office of the Attorney General and the Maine Health Data Organization to assist the director with the required data collection. It also adds unintentional and intentional firearm discharges as a type of category of data contained in uniform crime reports required by the Department of Public Safety, State Bureau of Identification.
Status: Public Law Chapter 369
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative GRAMLICH of Old Orchard Beach.Cosponsored by Representatives: BAILEY of Gorham, DOUDERA of Camden,MATHIESON of Kittery, MILLETT of Cape Elizabeth, OSHER of Orono, SACHS of Freeport, ZAGER of Portland, Senator: SANBORN of Cumberland.


LD # 1403Position: watchLast Updated: Thursday, June 17, 2021
An Act To Protect Maine Businesses, Nonprofits, Educational Institutions and Municipalities during the COVID-19 Pandemic  

This bill provides a limitation against liability for a municipality, educational institution or for-profit or nonprofit business organization from suit alleging personal liability due to exposure to coronavirus if the municipality, educational institution or business organization is following applicable government standards and guidance related to coronavirus exposure.
Status: Dead
Committee: Judiciary
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative DILLINGHAM of Oxford.Cosponsored by Senator STEWART of Aroostook and Senator: DIAMOND of Cumberland.


LD # 1419Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021
An Act To Support Health Care Providers during State Public Health Emergencies  

This bill provides a limitation on civil liability to certain health care professionals, health care facilities, behavioral and developmental services facilities and emergency medical services persons in the event of a declared emergency related to public health. The bill is retroactive to the beginning of the state of civil emergency declared by the Governor in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Status: Dead
Committee: Judiciary
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator MOORE of Washington.Cosponsored by Senator: STEWART of Aroostook.


LD # 1423Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, July 06, 2021
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: Recommitted to Taxation Committee
Committee: Taxation
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
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: Friday, June 18, 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: Finally Passed; 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: Friday, June 25, 2021
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: Jun 3, 2021 Carry Over Approved
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 # 1436Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021
An Act To Protect Certain Essential Workers from Infectious Disease  

This bill requires public and private employers that employ persons who provide direct, in-person services in medical settings or in correctional institutions or that employ firefighters or emergency medical services persons, collectively referred to in this bill as "covered employees," to take certain actions with respect to providing personal protective equipment for those covered employees.
The bill requires employers to supply personal protective equipment to covered employees and to ensure these employees use the personal protective equipment in accordance with occupational and safety rules of the Department of Labor.
It also requires employers to maintain a stockpile of the following specific personal 11protective equipment equal to 3 months of normal use by covered employees: N95 filtering facepiece respirators, powered air-purifying respirators with high-efficiency particulate air filters, elastomeric air-purifying respirators and appropriate particulate filters or cartridges, surgical masks, isolation gowns, eye protection and shoe coverings.
If an employer's covered employees work in a facility or other setting controlled by another employer that must stockpile equipment for its own covered employees, the employer that controls that facility or other setting is responsible for meeting the stockpiling requirements for all covered employees who work in that facility or setting.
The bill provides that, on or before January 15, 2022, an employer is required to determine its highest 7-day consecutive daily average consumption of personal protective equipment and to provide this information to the Department of Labor upon request.
The bill provides for civil and administrative penalties for violations of the 23requirements of the bill.
Status: Dead
Committee: Labor And Housing
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative O'CONNELL of Brewer


LD # 1470Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, July 06, 2021
Resolve, Regarding Reimbursement for Providing Inpatient Care to Individuals with Acute Mental Health Care Needs  

This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 45.03 to provide reimbursement for patients discharged from Southern Maine Health Care's psychiatric inpatient unit in the amount of $10,166 per distinct discharge; the amended rule must be submitted to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in time for the increased rate of reimbursement to apply from January 1, 2021.
The resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to seek and apply for federal funds and funds from any other sources to pay the costs of providing psychiatric services to uninsured patients. It also directs the department to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services regarding the progress the department has made in developing a reimbursement rate to provide inpatient psychiatric care under its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 45.03.
The committee is authorized to report out legislation related to the report to the Second Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.
The committee amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, changes the effective date of the new reimbursement rate to October 1, 2021 and designates the rules as routine technical rules. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
Status: Finally Passed
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative MEYER of Eliot.Cosponsored by Representatives: Speaker FECTEAU of Biddeford, HYMANSON of York, O'CONNOR of Berwick, TUTTLE of Sanford, Senator: WOODSOME of York.


LD # 1477Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021
Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Collaborate with the Long-term Care Ombudsman Program To Convene a Stakeholder Group To Make Recommendations for In-home Rehabilitation Services  

This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to collaborate with the long-term care ombudsman program to convene a stakeholder group to study and to identify and develop recommendations to resolve regulatory and administrative barriers that may result in a delay or denial for qualified persons to receive in-home rehabilitation services and to report and make recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services, which may report out legislation based upon the report to the Second Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.
Status: Dead
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative DODGE of Belfast.Cosponsored by Senator BALDACCI of Penobscot andRepresentatives: CRAVEN of Lewiston, CUDDY of Winterport, DOUDERA of Camden, PERRY of Calais, SACHS of Freeport, TEPLER of Topsham, ZEIGLER of Montville, Senator: MOORE of Washington.


LD # 1481Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021
An Act To Clarify Surprise Billing Restrictions  

This bill eliminates the use of independent medical claims databases in the laws governing surprise medical bills and bills for out-of-network emergency services.
Status: Dead
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative MORRIS of Turner.


LD # 1490Position: watchLast Updated: Monday, June 28, 2021
An Act To Improve Home and Community-based Services forAdults with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, Brain Injury andOther Related Conditions  

This bill amends the system of care for adults with intellectual disabilities, autism, brain injury and other related conditions in the following ways.
1. It renames "system of care" the "system of services and support."
2. It amends the principles guiding delivery of services by providers of services and the Department of Health and Human Services to add the principle that inadequate reimbursement rates, extended stays on waiting lists and service definitions that do not meet the needs of persons who have significant need for significant levels of support are incompatible with the other goals guiding delivery of services.
3. It requires the department to post at least monthly on the department's website, for each home and community-based services waiver in which the State participates, data on how many persons were on a waiting list for services on the first day of that month, including, for prioritized waiting lists, how many persons were in each prioritization category.
4. It requires the department to post at least quarterly on the department's website, for each home and community-based services waiver in which the State participates, data on median time from application for waiver services to approval by the department for receipt of the same waiver services, using a statistically valid methodology.
5. It requires that the Commissioner of Health and Human Services' plan include quality metrics and data collection developed with input from across stakeholder groups.
6. It requires that the commissioner's plan include participation of persons with intellectual disabilities, autism, brain injury and other related conditions; direct care workers; and persons from immigrant and indigenous populations. It requires the plan to describe how the commissioner achieved the required inclusion and to describe the feedback received from participants in each required group.
7. It requires that the commissioner's plan project whether there will be any waiting lists for home and community-based services waivers over the next 4 years, how many people are projected to be on those waiting lists, how many people are projected to be in each prioritization category of prioritized waiting lists and how many people would be in a different prioritization category if they were not currently living with a parent.
8. It requires that the commissioner's plan project the budgetary impact of eliminating any waiting lists for home and community-based services if such waiting lists are projected to exist over the next 4 years, including detailing any anticipated savings from release of resources of a less expensive service when a person transfers to another service.
9. It allows the commissioner's plan to consider how home and community-based services may be redesigned to promote self-determination by persons with intellectual disabilities or autism, to promote less restrictive placements over more restrictive 40placements and to promote competitive integrated employment by persons with intellectual 41disabilities or autism.
10. It authorizes the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters to introduce legislation in each regular session of the Legislature.
1. It requires the department to submit a waiver renewal or waiver amendment for home and community-based services that separates community support into tiered services as described in a draft waiver renewal for home and community-based services.
2. It requires the department to submit a waiver renewal or waiver amendment for home and community-based services to add a so-called "behavioral add-on" for persons who otherwise would be denied access to community support or whose needs would not otherwise be met by the community support service structure.
The committee amendment makes the following of changes to the bill.
1. It simplifies the reporting requirements for the Department of Health and Human Services on its website regarding waiting lists for individuals for certain waiver services.
2. It removes language specifying that persons from immigrant and indigenous populations participate in developing the plan and replaces it with language specifying that persons reflecting a diversity of ethnicity, race and gender participate in developing the plan.
3. It removes a number of provisions in the bill related to the specifics of the commissioner's plan.
4. It removes a provision in the bill related to service delivery requirements.
5. It removes from the bill a requirement for the department to submit a waiver renewal or amendment to separate community support into tiered services as this has already occurred.
6. It removes a requirement that a waiver renewal or amendment be submitted to add a so-called "behavioral add-on."
Status: PL ch 321
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Wednesday: 4/21/2021 10:00 AM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative MILLETT of Cape Elizabeth.Cosponsored by Senator CLAXTON of Androscoggin and Representatives: CRAVEN of Lewiston, WHITE of Waterville, Senator: BALDACCI of Penobscot.


LD # 1510Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 18, 2021
An Act Concerning Informed Consent of Minors' Authority to Release Health Care Information  

This bill amends the laws governing the confidentiality of health care information to provide that if a health care facility or health care practitioner maintains a minor's records electronically, then the records must be provided electronically to any person who is authorized to access the minor's health care records.
Status: Dead
Committee: Judiciary
Hearing: Thursday, May 6, 2021, 9:00 AM
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator KEIM of Oxford


LD # 1531Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
An Act To Provide Affordable Behavioral Health Services to Individuals under 26 Years of Age  

This bill requires health insurance carriers to provide coverage without cost sharing for up to 6 behavioral health office visits for persons under 26 years of age in plan years 2021 to 2026, during the declared state of civil emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic and 16until December 31, 2026.
The bill also requires the Superintendent of Insurance to report on the experience and utilization of benefits required in the bill to the Legislature by December 1, 2026 and authorizes the reporting out of a bill in the 133rd Legislature in response to the report.
Status: Dead
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: May 5, 2021, 10:00a
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative ARFORD of Brunswick.Cosponsored by Representatives: BROOKS of Lewiston, McCREIGHT of Harpswell, MILLETT of Cape Elizabeth, MORALES of South Portland, PERRY of Calais, QUINT of Hodgdon, SACHS of Freeport, TALBOT ROSS of Portland.


LD # 1538Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
An Act To Protect the Rights of People Who Are LGBTQ in Maine  

This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill would protect the rights of people who are LGBTQ in this State, including, but not limited to, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual.
Status: Dead
Committee: Judiciary
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Speaker FECTEAU of Biddeford


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 # 1576Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
Resolve, To Establish and Fund a Medical Professionals Health Program from Health Care Provider License Fees  

This resolve requires the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation to study the best method of establishing and administering a medical professionals health program to assist medical professionals and students in medical professions challenged with substance use, mental health, behavioral and administrative issues and stress and burnout by providing confidential and compassionate monitoring, support, treatment resources, advocacy, education and outreach and working with state licensing boards to ensure the safety of medical professionals and their patients. The department may develop and administer the program or contract with an outside entity.
The program would be funded by a dedicated source of revenue generated from surcharges placed on the licensing fees of medical professionals, including, but not limited to, allopathic and osteopathic physicians; physician assistants; professional nurses, advanced practice registered nurses and licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants; veterinarians; dentists and dental therapists, radiologists and hygienists; and pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
The surcharges would be based on the current licensing or certification fees.
The department is required to submit a report and any implementing legislation to the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business by December 1, 2021. The joint standing committee may report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 130th Legislature related to the report.
Status: Dead
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: LTW
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator BRENNER of Cumberland


LD # 1582Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 25, 2021
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: None Yet
Work Session: Jun 3, 2021 Carry Over Approved
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator BAILEY of York.


LD # 1586Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, July 06, 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: On Special Appropriations 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, May 14, 2021
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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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 # 1601Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Resolve, To Establish an Advisory Panel To Study the Implications of Genome-editing Technology for the Citizens of the State  

This resolve establishes the Advisory Panel To Study the Implications of Genome-editing Technology for the Citizens of the State to study the implications of genome-editing technology and the legislative, administrative or other steps that the State should take to capitalize on the potential and avoid the hazards of genome-editing technology. The panel is directed to submit its report, including suggested legislation, to the First Regular Session of the 131st Legislature by December 31, 2022.
The committee amendment replaces one member of the advisory panel established in the resolve who is of the Wabanaki people with a member who is from one of the federally recognized Indian nations, tribes or bands in the State.
Status: Finally Passed; on study table
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative ZAGER of Portland.Cosponsored by Senator CLAXTON of Androscoggin and Representatives: BROOKS of Lewiston, EVANS of Dover-Foxcroft, HYMANSON of York,NEWELL of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, PERRY of Calais, Senator: BRENNER of Cumberland.


LD # 1608Position: watchLast Updated: Thursday, June 03, 2021
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: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 10:00 AM Jun 3, 2021 Carry Over Approved
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 # 1614Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
An Act To Mandate That Certain Health Care Providers Disclose an Estimate of Charges at Time of Service  

Current law requires a health care entity, upon the request of an uninsured patient, to provide an estimate of the total price of medical services to be rendered by that health care entity during a single medical encounter. This bill expands that requirement to all patients, regardless of their insured status and regardless of whether a request is made, and to those patients' health insurance providers, if any.
This bill also requires a health care entity, in the event that medical or laboratory services will be provided by a 3rd party, to identify that 3rd-party health care entity or laboratory so that the patient or the patient's health insurance provider, if any, can obtain an estimate of the costs of those services.
Status: Dead
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative LOOKNER of Portland


LD # 1627Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
An Act To Enhance Behavioral Health Services To Better Protect Maine Residents  

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: Dead
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: None Yet
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator TIMBERLAKE of Androscoggin.Cosponsored by Representative MORRIS of Turner andSenators: DIAMOND of Cumberland, DILL of Penobscot, KEIM of Oxford, Representative: LYMAN of Livermore Falls.


LD # 1681Position: watchLast Updated: Thursday, June 03, 2021
An Act Regarding Telehealth Services for Certain Licensees of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation and Certain Licensees Affiliated with the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation  

This bill permits health care providers licensed under the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation to provide telehealth services as long as the licensee acts within the scope of practice of the licensee's license, in accordance with any requirements and restrictions imposed by law and in accordance with standards of practice. The bill defines "telehealth services" and authorizes licensing entities to adopt rules to establish standards of practice and restrictions for telehealth services.
Status: Ought Not to Pass - see LD 791
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance And Financial
Hearing: May 6, 2021 10:00AM
Work Session: May 18 10 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator SANBORN of Cumberland. (GOVERNOR'S BILL)


LD # 1693Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
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: None Yet
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: Thursday, June 03, 2021
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: Carried Over
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 1:00 PM
Work Session: Carry Over Approved, Jun 3, 2021
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 # 1712Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, July 06, 2021
An Act To Support Children's Healthy Development and School Success  

This bill:
1. Establishes the Help Maine Grow System in the Department of Health and Human Services. The system is a comprehensive, statewide, coordinated system of early identification, referral and follow-up for children from prenatal care up to 8 years of age and their families.
2. Establishes the First 4 ME Early Care and Education Program under the Department of Health and Human Services to provide comprehensive, high-quality early child care and education services for at-risk children under 6 years of age who have not entered kindergarten and the children's parents by funding projects that integrate comprehensive resources and services with traditional child care center and family child care settings.
The committee amendment delays the start date of the pilot projects from June 1, 2022 to January 31, 2023. It also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
(For a complete summary of the bill, click on bill title above.)
Status: Passed to be Enacted
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10:00 AM
Work Session: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10:00 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by President JACKSON of Aroostook.Cosponsored by Speaker FECTEAU of Biddeford and Senators: BREEN of Cumberland, CLAXTON of Androscoggin, MOORE of Washington, Representatives: CRAVEN of Lewiston, McCREIGHT of Harpswell, MEYER of Eliot, MILLETT of Cape Elizabeth, WHITE of Waterville


LD # 1718Position: watchLast Updated: Tuesday, June 22, 2021
An Act To Establish the Accidental Drug Overdose Death Review Panel  

This bill establishes the Accidental Drug Overdose Death Review Panel to review a subset of deaths caused by accidental drug overdoses and to recommend to state, county and local agencies methods of preventing deaths as the result of accidental drug overdoses including modification or enactment of laws, rules, policies and procedures.
Status: Public Law Chapter 292
Committee: Health And Human Services
Hearing: Friday, May 21, 2021 9:00 AM
Work Session: Friday, May 21, 2021 9:00 AM
Sponsors:
Presented by Representative EVANS of Dover-Foxcroft. (GOVERNOR'S BILL)


LD # 1728Position: watchLast Updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
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: Carried Over
Committee: Judiciary
Hearing: None Yet
Work Session: Jun 7, 2021 Carry Over Approved
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: Tuesday, July 06, 2021
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: None Yet
Work Session: Jun 3, 2021 Carry Over Approved
Sponsors:
Presented by Senator STEWART of Aroostook.Cosponsored by Representative JAVNER of Chester andSenator: MOORE of Washington, Representatives: CONNOR of Lewiston, GRIFFIN of Levant.


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