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Legislation Tracking Sheet

The 129th Legislature will consider a number of bills of interest to the ASM community over the course of the session that ends in June. We will identify and track these bills, as well as proposed rule changes coming from the Departments of Health and Human Services and Education.

We will let you know if we think you should contact your legislator about a particular bill. Look for the Action section of each bill.

As a start, it’s good to know who your legislators are. You can

Find your Representative
Find your Senator
Visit the Maine Legislature website.

General contact information

Maine House:
1-800-423-2900 
Maine Senate:
1-800-423-6900
TTY: Use Maine Relay 711
Legislative Information Office:
207-287-1692

With each bill, check to see which legislators sit on the committee that is considering it by clicking on the link. If your senator or representative sits on one of these committees, or a sponsor of a bill listed below, it is especially important that you contact them. You can find your legislator’s email address by clicking on their name on the committee list.

Bills of interest

L.D. 99   Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 29: Allowances for Support Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder
Sponsored by Rep. Hymanson (D- York Co.)

L.D. 282 Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 21: Allowances for Home and Community Benefits for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder
Sponsored by Rep. Hymanson (D- York Co.)

Referred to The Health and Human Services Committee

Through the two bills listed above, the Health and Human Services Committee will be asked to approve the increases in reimbursement rates for Medicaid waiver services under Sec. 21 and 29 that were adopted by the Department this past September (retroactive to July 1, 2018). 

Many of you were involved in fighting for these higher rates for direct service providers. Please note that the Committee is not expected to reevaluate whether the increases were needed, just to review the changes and presumable give their approval.

Action: a public hearing on Feb. 13 at 9 a.m. in Room 209 of the Cross Building (opposite the State House). ASM will present testimony thanking the legislature and drawing attention to the continuing workforce issues for families that receive services under Section 21 or Section 29. You are welcome to attend the hearing.

LD 1 An Act to Protect Health Coverage for Maine Families
Primary sponsors: Senate President Troy Jackson (D-Aroostook) and House Speaker Sara Gideon (D-Freeport)

A public hearing was held Jan. 29 before the Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance, and Financial Services.

This bill would make patient protections in the Affordable Care Act state law. Insurers would be required to cover essential medical services, such as mental health care and prescription drugs, and to cover people with pre-existing conditions and those over age 55 without charging them higher premiums. It would also allow children to remain on their parents’ insurance until age 26.

Action: If your legislators sit on the Health Coverage Committee, or if your legislator is one of the primary sponsors, contact them and ask them to support LD 1.

LD 3 An Act to Enhance and Increase the Availability of Mental Health Providers in Maine,
Sponsored by Rep. James Handy (D- Lewiston), co-sponsored by Rep. Farnsworth (D-Falmouth)

1/2/2019 Referred to the Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business
Action: none yet

LD 21 An Act To Prohibit the Use of Electroconvulsive Therapy for Certain Populations
Sponsored by Lois Reckitt (D-South Portland)
Referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services

This bill prohibits the use of electroconvulsive therapy on a child under 18 years of age or a person over 65 years of age or a person who is pregnant.
Action: None yet

LD 30 An Act to Improve Heath Care Data Analysis
Sponsored by Rep. Anne Perry (D- Calais)

1/15/201 Referred to the Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial services
This bill proposes to enact measures designed to improve the State's capacity to use 6 data regarding health care costs and health care systems. The State's ability to better 7 analyze and use data regarding health care utilization and health care quality will serve to 8 inform the State's health care policy.
Action: none yet

LD 181 An Act to Provide Funding to the Department of Health and Human Services to Support Free Health Clinics in the State
Sponsored by Rep. Richard Farnsworth (D-Falmouth)

1/17/19 referred to Heath and Human Services committee
This bill provides funding to support free health clinics in the State.
Action: none yet

LD 373 An Act To Provide MaineCare Coverage for Dental Services to Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder
Sponsored by Rep. Denise Tepler (D- Topsham)

1/24/2019 Referred to the Committee on Heath and Human Services
This bill would directs DHHS to extend MaineCare dental services to a person 21 years of age or older who receives support services for adults with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder. (Currently MaineCare covers dental services only for eligible people under 21 years of age.)
Action: none yet

LD 408 Resolve, To Improve Access to Neurobehavioral Services
Sponsored by Rep. Charlotte Warren (D-Hallowell)

1/29/2019 Referred to Committee on Health and Human Services
Action: none yet

Requires DHHS to provide 16 new neurobehavioral beds in neurobehavioral centers to serve individuals with significant behavioral challenges and complex medical needs who need short-term treatment before transitioning to a long-term care environment.

LD 468, An Act to Require that the State Fund on an Ongoing Basis a Minimum of 50 Percent of the Costs Associated with Public Preschool Programs
Sponsored by Rep. Richard Farnsworth (D-Falmouth)

1/29/2019 Referred to the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs
Action: none yet