Committee Introductions

Introductions from Interested Parties – Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services

Maine Primary Care Association Remarks

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association – 1/26/23

Introductions from Interest Parties – Committee on Health and Human Services

Maine Primary Care Association Remarks

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association – 2/7/23

 

Confirmation Hearings

Megan Garratt-Reed of South Thomaston for Appointment as Executive Director, Office of Affordable Health Care 

Maine Primary Care Association Remarks

Darcy Shargo, CEO, Maine Primary Care Association – 2/14/23

 

Consultation Services

LD 1077, “An Act to Fund Consultation Services to Ensure Affordable Health Care for Maine Residents”

Testimony in support of LD 1077, “An Act to Fund Consultation Services to Ensure Affordable Health Care for Maine Residents”

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association – 4/4/23

 

Department of Health and Human Services/MaineCare

LD 1877, “An Act to Reduce the Number of Children Living in Deep Poverty by Adjusting Assistance for Low-income Families”

Testimony in support of LD 1877, “An Act to Reduce the Number of Children Living in Deep Poverty by Adjusting Assistance for Low-income Families”

Hannah A. Hudson, Director of Policy, Maine Primary Care Association – 2/1/24

 

LD 1768, “An Act to Update the Alternative Base Year Payment Method for Federally Qualified Health Centers”

Testimony in support of LD 1768 “An Act to Update the Alternative Base Year Payment Method for Federally Qualified Health Centers”

Darcy Shargo, Chief Executive Officer, Maine Primary Care Association, 5/8/23

Testimony in support of LD 1768, “An Act to Update the Alternative Base Year Payment Method for Federally Qualified Health Centers”

Ellen Krajewski, MPH, CEO, on behalf of Eastport Health Care, Inc. – 5/8/23

Testimony in support of LD 1768, “An Act to Update the Alternative Base Year Payment Method for Federally Qualified Health Centers”

Ann Tucker, CEO, Greater Portland Health – 5/8/23

Testimony in support of LD 1768, “An Act to Update the Alternative Base Year Payment Method for Federally Qualified Health Centers”

Corinne A. LaPlant, Executive Director, St. Croix Regional Family Health Center

Testimony in support of LD 1768, “An Act to Update the Alternative Base Year Payment Method for Federally Qualified Health Centers”

Edward Molleo, Director of Communications, HealthReach Community Health Centers – 5/8/23

 

LD 1194, “An Act to Implement Work Requirements Under the MaineCare Program”

Testimony in opposition to LD 1194, “An Act to Implement Work Requirements Under the MaineCare Program”

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association – 4/7/23

 

LD 199, “An Act to Improve the Health of Maine Residents by Removing Exclusions to the MaineCare Program”

Testimony in support of LD 199, “An Act to Improve the Health of Maine Residents by Removing Exclusions to the MaineCare Program”

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association – 3/28/23

Testimony in support of LD 199, “An Act to Improve the Health of Maine Residents by Removing Exclusions to the MaineCare Program”

Coleen Elias, CEO, Community Clinical Services – 3/28/23

Testimony in support of LD 199, “An Act to Improve the Health of Maine Residents by Removing Exclusions to the MaineCare Program”

Hannah Miller, Director of Outreach, Maine Mobile Health Program – 3/28/23

Testimony in support of LD 199, “An Act to Improve the Health of Maine Residents by Removing Exclusions to the MaineCare Program”

Laura Valencia Orozco, Director of Behavioral Health, Maine Mobile Health Program – 3/28/23

Testimony in support of LD 199, “An Act to Improve the Health of Maine Residents by Removing Exclusions to the MaineCare Program”

Ann Tucker, CEO, Greater Portland Health – 3/28/23

Testimony in support of LD 199, “An Act to Improve the Health of Maine Residents by Removing Exclusions to the MaineCare Program”

Dr. Renee Fay-LeBlanc, Chief Medical Officer, Greater Portland Health – 3/28/23

Related bill:

LD 258, “An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations from the General Fund and Other Funds for the Expenditures of State Government and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2023, June 30, 2024 and June 30, 2025”

Testimony in support of including LD 199 in the Governor’s Budget

Charles F. Dingman, Esq., Kozak & Gayer (On behalf of Maine Primary Care Association) – 5/17/23

 

Health Access/Equity

LD 1809, “An Act to Prohibit Health Care Services Without Parental Consent”

Testimony in opposition to LD 1809, “An Act to Prohibit Health Care Services Without Parental Consent”

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association – 5/5/23

Testimony in opposition to LD 1809, “An Act to Prohibit Health Care Services Without Parental Consent”

Edward Molleo, Director of Communications, HealthReach Community Health Centers – 5/5/23

 

LD 1522, “An Act to Provide Economic Justice to Historically Disadvantaged Older Citizens by Amending the Laws Governing the Medicare Savings Program”

Testimony in support of LD 1522, “An Act to Provide Economic Justice to Historically Disadvantaged Older Citizens by Amending the Laws Governing the Medicare Savings Program” 

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association – 4/20/23

 

Oral Health

LD 1581, “An Act Regarding Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists”

Testimony in support of LD 1581, “An Act Regarding Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists”

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association – 5/4/23

 

LD 876, “An Act to Expand Access to Oral Health Care in Rural Maine by Allowing Certain Out-of-state Dentists to Practice in Dental Clinics in the State”

Testimony Neither For Nor Against LD 876, “An Act to Expand Access to Oral Health Care in Rural Maine by Allowing Certain Out-of-state Dentists to Practice in Dental Clinics in the State”

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association – 3/14/23

 

Pharmacy Services

 LD 223, “Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services to Amend Its Rules Regarding Pharmacy Services” 

Testimony in support of LD 223, “Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services to Amend Its Rules Regarding Pharmacy Services”

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association – 2/15/23

 

Public Health

LD 1215, “An Act to End the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products”

Testimony in support of LD 1215, “An Act to End the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products”

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association – 4/25/23

 

LD 59, “An Act to Prohibit Inclusion of the COVID-19 Vaccine in the Universal Childhood Immunization Program”

Testimony in opposition to LD 59, “An Act to Prohibit Inclusion of the COVID-19 Vaccine in the Universal Childhood Immunization Program”

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association (On behalf of Maine Immunization Coalition) – 4/24/23

 

LD 172, “An Act to Allow Health Care Workers to Return to Work by Reinstating Exemptions from Immunization Requirements”

Testimony in opposition to LD 172, “An Act to Allow Health Care Workers to Return to Work by Reinstating Exemptions from Immunization Requirements”

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association (On behalf of Maine Immunization Coalition) – 4/24/23

 

LD 601, “An Act to Reduce the Shortage of Municipal Emergency Medical Services Personnel by Removing Certain Vaccination Requirements”

Testimony in opposition to LD 601, “An Act to Reduce the Shortage of Municipal Emergency Medical Services Personnel by Removing Certain Vaccination Requirements”

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association (On behalf of Maine Immunization Coalition) – 4/24/23

 

LD 1547, “An Act to Temporarily Prohibit the State from Mandating COVID-19 Vaccinations”

Testimony in opposition to LD 1547, “An Act to Temporarily Prohibit the State from Mandating COVID-19 Vaccinations”

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association (On behalf of Maine Immunization Coalition) – 4/24/23

 

LD 1598, “An Act to Allow an Exception to Immunization Requirements for Health Care Workers for Vaccines Approved Under Emergency Use Authorization”

Testimony in opposition to LD 1598, “An Act to Allow an Exception to Immunization Requirements for Health Care Workers for Vaccines Approved Under Emergency Use Authorization”

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association (On behalf of Maine Immunization Coalition) – 4/24/23

 

LD 51, “An Act to Restore Religious and Philosophical Exemptions to Immunization Requirements”

Testimony in opposition to LD 51, “An Act to Restore Religious and Philosophical Exemptions to Immunization Requirements”

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association (On behalf of Maine Immunization Coalition) – 4/2/23

 

LD 1228, “An Act to Prohibit Certain Higher Education Institutions from Requiring Vaccines Approved Under Emergency Use Authorization for Admission or Attendance”

Testimony in opposition to LD 1228, “An Act to Prohibit Certain Higher Education Institutions from Requiring Vaccines Approved Under Emergency Use Authorization for Admission or Attendance”

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association (On behalf of Maine Immunization Coalition) – 4/2/23

 

Rural Health

LD 1792, “Resolve, to Establish the Rural Health Services Task Force”

Testimony in support of LD 1792, “Resolve, to Establish the Rural Health Services Task Force”

Darcy Shargo, Chief Executive Officer, Maine Primary Care Association – 5/8/23

 

Social Drivers of Health (SDOH)

LD 2138, “Resolve, to Improve Funding for Homeless Shelters”

Testimony in support of LD 2138, “Resolve, to Improve Funding for Homeless Shelters”

Hannah A. Hudson, Director of Policy, Maine Primary Care Association – 1/23/24

 

LD 2136, “An Act to Provide Financial Support for Shelters for Unhoused Individuals”

Testimony in support of LD 2136, “An Act to Provide Financial Support for Shelters for Unhoused Individuals”

Hannah A. Hudson, Director of Policy, Maine Primary Care Association – 1/23/24

 

LD 1544, “An Act to Improve the Economic Security for Maine Children by Establishing the Maine Dependent Tax Credit”

Testimony in support of LD 1544, “An Act to Improve the Economic Security for Maine Children by Establishing the Maine Dependent Tax Credit”

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association – 5/4/23

 

Substance Use Disorder/Treatment

LD 1975, “An Act to Implement a Statewide Public Health Response to Substance Use and Amend the Laws Governing Scheduled Drugs”

Testimony neither for nor against LD 1975, “An Act to Implement a Statewide Public Health Response to Substance Use and Amend the Laws Governing Scheduled Drugs”

Hannah A. Hudson, Director of Policy, Maine Primary Care Association – 1/17/24

 

LD 813, “Resolve, to Study Methods to Increase Access to Medication-assisted Treatment for Substance Use Disorder”

Testimony in support of LD 813, “Resolve, to Study Methods to Increase Access to Medication-assisted Treatment for Substance Use Disorder”

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association – 4/3/23

 

LD 979, “Resolve, to Fund Treatment Services and Certain Transportation Costs for Individuals with Substance Use Disorder”

Testimony in support of LD 979, “Resolve, to Fund Treatment Services and Certain Transportation Costs for Individuals with Substance Use Disorder”

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association – 4/3/23

 

Telehealth

LD 940, “An Act to Allow Pharmacists to Provide Services Through Telehealth and Vending Machines at Federally Qualified Health Centers”

Testimony in support of LD 940, “An Act to Allow Pharmacists to Provide Services Through Telehealth and Vending Machines at Federally Qualified Health Centers”

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association – 3/21/23

Testimony in support of LD 940, “An Act to Allow Pharmacists to Provide Services Through Telehealth and Vending Machines at Federally Qualified Health Centers”

Charles F. Dingman, Esq., Kozak & Gayer (On behalf of Maine Primary Care Association) – 3/21/23

 

Workforce

LD 2140, “An Act to Enact the Interstate Social Work Licensure Compact”

Testimony in support of LD 2140, “An Act to Enact the Interstate Social Work Licensure Compact”

Hannah A. Hudson, Director of Policy, Maine Primary Care Association – 2/6/24

 

LD 2167, “An Act to Develop Maine’s Economy and Strengthen Its Workforce by Establishing an Office of New Americans”

Testimony in support of LD 2167, “An Act to Develop Maine’s Economy and Strengthen Its Workforce by Establishing an Office of New Americans”

Hannah A. Hudson, Director of Policy, Maine Primary Care Association – 1/25/24

 

LD 1990, “An Act to Improve the Licensing Procedure for Certain Social Workers by Removing the Examination Requirement”

Testimony in support of LD 1990, “An Act to Improve the Licensing Procedure for Certain Social Workers by Removing the Examination Requirement”

Hannah A. Hudson, Director of Policy, Maine Primary Care Association – 1/25/24

 

LD 1506, “Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services to Study the Scarcity of Licensed Clinical Behavioral Health Professionals Across the State”

Testimony in support of LD 1506, “Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services to Study the Scarcity of Licensed Clinical Behavioral Health Professionals Across the State”

Emily Ferry, Director of Workforce Initiatives, Maine Primary Care Association – 4/25/23

 

LD 1494, “An Act to Help Address the Worker Shortage in Behavioral Health Care Services by Allowing Provisional Licensure and Providing for Reimbursement for Out-of-state Licensees”

Testimony in support of LD 1494, “An Act to Help Address the Worker Shortage in Behavioral Health Care Services by Allowing Provisional Licensure and Providing for Reimbursement for Out-of-state Licensees”

Emily Ferry, Director of Workforce Initiatives, Maine Primary Care Association – 4/25/23

 

LD 1256, “An Act to Increase Access to Oral Health Care by Expanding the Maine Dental Education Loan Program”

Testimony in support of LD 1256, “An Act to Increase Access to Oral Health Care by Expanding the Maine Dental Education Loan Program”

Beth Pearce, Oral Health Program Manager, Maine Primary Care Association – 4/11/23

 

LD 904, “An Act Supporting the Rural Health Care Workforce in Maine”

Testimony in support of LD 904, “An Act Supporting the Rural Health Care Workforce in Maine”

Emily Ferry, Director of Workforce Initiatives, Maine Primary Care Association – 4/6/23

 

LD 648, “An Act to Address Staffing Shortages in Critical Public Safety Jobs Through Economic Incentives”

Testimony in support of LD 648, “An Act to Address Staffing Shortages in Critical Public Safety Jobs Through Economic Incentives”

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association – 3/24/23

Testimony in support of LD 648, “An Act to Address Staffing Shortages in Critical Public Safety Jobs Through Economic Incentives”

Edward Molleo, Director of Communications, HealthReach Community Health Centers – 3/24/23

 

LD 1026, “Resolve, To Direct the University of Maine System to Establish a Dental Therapy Degree Program”

Testimony in support of LD 1026, “Resolve, To Direct the University of Maine System to Establish a Dental Therapy Degree Program”

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association – 3/21/23

 

LD 129, “Resolve, to Direct the University of Maine System to Study the Feasibility of Establishing a Public Allopathic Medical School in Penobscot County” 

Testimony in support of LD 129, “Resolve, to Direct the University of Maine System to Study the Feasibility of Establishing a Public Allopathic Medical School in Penobscot County”

Hannah A. Hudson, Policy & Communications Manager, Maine Primary Care Association – 2/2/23