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Legislative Testimony

MaineHealth utilizes its network of professionals and experts to weigh in on important policy issues that could impact our ability to meet our mission and vision.

Attached below is the 2019 Legislative Tracking Sheet:

Legislative testimony and resources from the 128th Legislature (2017-2018) are available here.

Legislative Testimony

Below is legislative testimony provided by experts from MaineHealth.

2019 Testimony

Mara Larkin in Opposition to LD 66, "An Act to Prohibit Hospitals from Discussing Alternative Payment Options with Hospitalized Patients"

Sarah Calder Neither for Nor Against LD 110, "An Act Regarding Credit Ratings Related to Overdue Medical Expenses"

Sarah Calder in Support of LD 189, "An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Long-term Care Insurance"

Katie Fullam Harris in Support of LD 228, "An Act to Expedite the Issuance of Alcohol and Drug Counseling Licenses"

Corinn Martineau in Support of LD 267, "An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Practice of Pharmacy"

Kayla Harris in Support of LD 267, "An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Practice of Pharmacy"

Katie Fullam Harris in Support of LD 705, "An Act Regarding the Process for Obtaining Prior Authorization for Health Insurance Purposes"

Lee Cyr in Opposition to LD 942, "An Act to Require Reimbursement for Medical Marijuana"

Brandy Brown in Support of LD 1025, "An Act to Prohibit the Provision of Conversion Therapy to Minors by Certain Licensed Professionals"

Abigail D'Ambruoso in Support of LD 1025, "An Act to Prohibit the Provision of Conversion Therapy to Minors by Certain Licensed Professionals"

Sarah Calder in Opposition to LD 1072, "An Act to Promote Workforce Education on Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia"

Tom Caswell in Qualified Support of LD 1263, "An Act Regarding Telehealth"

Donna DeBlois in Support of LD 1263, "An Act Regarding Telehealth"

Alexander Szafran in Support of LD 1264, "An Act Relating to Insurance Coverage for Screening Mammograms"

Sarah Calder Neither for nor Against LD 1353, "An Act to Establish Transparency in Primary Health Care Spending"

Sarah Calder in Opposition to LD 1582, "An Act Relating to Surgical Technologists and the Practice of Surgical Technology"

Testimony of Katie Fullam Harris Senior Vice President of Government Affairs MaineHealth in Opposition to LD 2110 ”An Act to Lower Health Care Costs"

Testimony of Sara Beth Howes, MaineHealth In Support of LD 2106, “An Act Regarding Prior Authorizations for Prescription Drugs.”

2019 Testimony

Sarah Calder in Support of LD 152, "An Act to Prohibit the Possession and Use of Electronic Smoking Devices on School Grounds"

Sarah Calder in Support of LD 177, "Resolve, to Improve Access to Bariatric Care"

Sarah Calder Neither for Nor Against LD 227, "An Act to Strengthen Maine's Public Health Infrastructure"

Sarah Calder Neither for Nor Against LD 231, "An Act to Improve Public Health by Maximizing Federal Funding Opportunities"

Robert McCarley in Support of LD 232, "An Act to Change the Process by Which Designated Nonstate Mental Health Institutions Petition the District Court to Admit Certain Patients to a Progressive Treatment Program"

Sarah Calder in Opposition to LD 343, "An Act to Promote Equity in Business Opportunity for Tobacco Specialty Stores" & LD 416, "An Act to Allow Eating Establishments to Permit Smoking Tobacco in Designated Outdoor Eating Areas"

Sarah Calder in Support of LD 408, "Resolve, to Improve Access to Neurobehavioral Services"

Sarah Calder in Support of LD 439, "Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to Convene a Task Force to Study the Need for Long-term Acute Care Hospital"

Amanda Woods in Support of LD 443, "An Act to Prevent Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding and Eye Damage in Infants"

Christopher Woods in Support of LD 443, "An Act to Prevent Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding and Eye Damage in Infants"

Nicoleta Toma in Support of LD 493, "An Act to Provide Lung Cancer Counseling and Screening for MaineCare Recipients" 

Mary Jane Krebs in Opposition to LD 717, "An Act to Provide Comprehensive Mental Health Treatment Reform"

Sarah Schmalz in Support of LD 775, "An Act to Expand Community Support Services for Certain Adult Members of the MaineCare Program"

Sarah Thompson in Support of LD 915, "An Act to Provide Adequate Reimbursement under MaineCare for Ambulance and Neonatal Transport Services"

Ron Young in Support of LD 1135, "Resolve, to Increase Funding for Assertive Community Treatment"

Jonathan Fellers in Support of LD 1190, "An Act to Prohibit the Sale and Distribution of Flavored Tobacco Products"

Annette Fournier in Support of LD 1228, "Resolve, Requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to Create a Limited Benefit MaineCare Card for Individuals Eligible for the Medicare Savings Program"

Christina Holt in Support of LD 1277, "An Act to Require the Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to be Credentialed"

Mary Jane Krebs in Support of LD 1315, "An Act to Support Medically Monitored Crisis Support and Intervention"

John Vella in Support of LD 1317, "An Act to Restore Services to Help Certain Noncitizens Meet Their Basic Needs"

Debra Rothenberg in Support of LD 1337, "An Act to Save Lives by Establishing a Homeless Opioid Users Service Engagement Program within the Department of Health and Human Services

L. Clinton Boothby in Support of LD 1350, "An Act to Improve Rural Health Care"

Sarah Calder in Support of LD 1373, "Resolve, to Reduce MaineCare Spending through Targeted Nutrition Interventions"

Sarah Calder in Support of LD 1418, "An Act to Address Maine's Shortage of Behavioral Health Services for Minors"

Doug Robbins in Support of LD 1461, "An Act to Support Early Intervention and Treatment of Mental Health Disorders"

Sarah Lynch in Support of LD 1461, "An Act to Support Early Intervention and Treatment of Mental Health Disorders"

Kristen Woodberry in Support of LD 1461, "An Act to Support Early Intervention and Treatment of Mental Health Disorders"

Stephen Merz in Support of LD 1602, "Resolve, Establishing the Working Group on Mental Health"

Donna DeBlois in Support of LD 1655, "An Act to Improve and Modernize Home-based Care"

Sarah Calder in Support of LD 1809, "Resolve, to Increase Funding for Evidence-based Therapies for Treating Emotional and Behavioral Problems in Children"

Testimony of Sarah Calder, MaineHealth Neither For Nor Against LD 2059, “An Act To Clarify the Provision for Care of Infants after Birth”

Testimony of Sarah Calder, MaineHealth Neither For Nor Against LD 1961, “An Act to Establish the Trust for a Healthy Maine”

Testimony of Sarah Calder, MaineHealth In Support of LD 1950 “An Act to Advance Palliative Care Utilization in the State”

Testimony of Sarah Calder, MaineHealth In Support of LD 1940 “Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services to Increase MaineCare Reimbursement Rates for Targeted Case Management Services to Reflect Inflation”

Testimony of Sharon Craig Economides, LM, CPM, MMiD, IBCLC, MaineHealth In Support of LD 1938, “An Act Concerning MaineCare Coverage for Donor Breast Milk”

Testimony of Sarah Calder, MaineHealth In Support of LD 1937 “An Act To Provide Timely Access to Behavioral Health Services for Maine Children and To Address Trauma and the Impacts of the Opioid Crisis”

Testimony of Katie Fullam Harris, MaineHealth In Support of LD 1934 “An Act Regarding Prior Authorization for Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder under the MaineCare Program”

Testimony of Dr. Andy Powell Senior Medical Director of Hospital Services Southern Maine Health Care In Support of LD 1856

Testimony of lvlerilee Perkins Vice President, Board of Trustees Southern I\/laine Health Care In Support of LD 1856 "Resolve, to Support Individuals with Acute Mental Health Needs"

Testimony of Jennifer Hunt-MacLeam Chief Nursing Officer, Spring Harbor Hospital In Support of LD 1856

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