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Ch. 400 - L.D. 121
An Act To Require a Background Check for High-risk Health Care Providers under the MaineCare Program
This law 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.
CH. 398 - LD 221 (SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET)
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
LD 1528: Provides funding for annual Cost of Living (COLA) increases for Sections 19 & 96, as well as other MaineCare sections that are not otherwise receiving a rate adjustment on or within 12 months prior to 7/1/22.
LD 1573: Provides funding to the department for the new requirement that the labor portion of reimbursement under MaineCare or state-funded home and community-based services and residential services be at 125% of the minimum wage as well as taxes and benefits related to the labor portion.
Ch. 103 - L.D. 248
An Act Regarding the Board of Occupational Safety and Health
This law allows the Board of Occupational Safety and Health the authority to adopt emergency rules.
Ch. 193 - L.D. 330
An Act To Improve the Process of Disposal of Hospice Medications Used in the Home This law 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 law 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.
An Act To Create a Regional Grant Program To Help Rural Businesses Find Qualified Staff
This bill creates a grant program and related fund for the purpose of aiding entities in hiring a workforce recruiter. The purpose of the position is to advertise and promote jobs in rural Maine and to locate qualified staff to fill open positions.
Ch. 305 - L.D. 686
An Act To Increase Prescription Drug Pricing Transparency
This law amends the law governing prescription drug pricing for purchasers. It changes a requirement that a manufacturer notify the Maine Health Data Organization when the manufacturer has taken certain actions regarding high prescription drug pricing to a requirement that the organization produce and post on its publicly accessible website a list of prescription drugs for which manufacturers have taken those actions. It requires the organization to produce and post on its publicly accessible website a list of drug product families for which it intends to request pricing component data from manufacturers, wholesale drug distributors and pharmacy benefits managers and to notify the manufacturers, wholesale drug distributors and pharmacy benefits managers before requesting pricing component data. It also amends related public reporting and confidentiality requirements.
Resolve, To Eliminate the Asset Test for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
This law directs the Department of Health and Human Services to request the United States Department of Agriculture to waive the asset test for determining the eligibility for the federal supplemental nutrition assistance program of any household in which there is an individual who is 60 years of age or older.
Resolve, Directing the Maine Vaccine Board To Review and Make Recommendations Regarding Expanding the Universal Childhood Immunization Program To Include Adults
This resolve directs the Maine Vaccine Board to convene a stakeholder group to review and make recommendations regarding expanding the Universal Childhood Immunization Program to include adults. It also requires a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than December 1, 2021 and authorizes the joint standing committee to report out legislation related to the report.
Ch. 291 - LD 791 EMERGENCY LAW**
An Act Regarding Telehealth Regulations
Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Conduct a Review of Rules Governing In-home Personal Care Assistance Services
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to review rules that relate to direct care services provided in the home to assist individuals with the activities of daily living and the instrumental activities of daily living. The review must examine how entities providing direct care services to affected individuals provide information, such as advance notice of staff absences, termination of services and training requirements, and ensure supervision and quality care and protection of vulnerable people receiving care. The department is required to submit its findings and recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than January 1, 2023.
Ch. 391 - L.D. 1045
An Act To Support Universal Health Care
This law establishes the Maine Health Care Plan to provide for all medically necessary health care services for all residents of this State, and the Maine Health Care Board to oversee planning and implementation of the plan. The effective date of the legislation is contingent on the enactment of federal law authorizing a state to obtain a waiver to establish a state-based universal health care plan and to receive federal financing for that plan.
An Act To Advance Palliative Care Utilization in the State
This law directs the Department of Health and Human Services to provide reimbursement under the MaineCare program for palliative care for the entire interdisciplinary team as appropriate to the plan of care, regardless of setting, including hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient clinics and home care providers. It also requires the department to adopt rules that support and standardize the delivery of palliative care in the State, including but not limited to strategies for the distribution of public educational documents and the distribution by health care providers of information regarding the availability of palliative care to patients.
Ch. 404 - L.D. 1167
An Act Relating to Fair Chance in Employment
This law includes language requiring that an applicant have the opportunity to explain criminal history record information if otherwise eligible for the position.
An Act To Create the Maine Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Program
This law 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. Annual awards cannot exceed $30,000 annually; exceed $90,000 in aggregate or 50% of a recipient's outstanding eligible student loan debt at the time of application to the program, whichever is less; or be awarded to a recipient for more than 3 years total.
Resolve, To Provide Add-on Payments for Ambulance Services Reimbursed by the MaineCare Program and To Increase Reimbursement Rates for Physical Therapy under the MaineCare Program
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules in to provide additional add-on supplements for ambulance services that are equivalent to payments required under Medicare ambulance services under 42 United States Code, Section 1395m(l). The law also requires the Department to amend its rules to increase reimbursement rates for physical therapy services to no less than 57% of the federal Medicare reimbursement rate for these services as long as the rate is no lower than the rate reimbursed as of January 1, 2021.
Ch. 50 - L.D. 1624
Resolve, To Create a Stakeholder Group To Identify the Needs of Long-term Care Family Caregivers
This resolve requires the long-term care ombudsman program to establish a stakeholder group to consider and make recommendations for the implementation of an assessment measure for the needs of family caregivers providing long-term care services to family members, to establish a plan to improve referrals to services and to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than January 2, 2022.
Ch. 483 - LD 1733
An Act to Provide Allocations for the Distribution of State Fiscal Recovery Funds
This law appropriates $1 billion which is Maine’s share of the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
Department of Health and Human Services to establish Family Caregiver Grant Pilot Program. The department, in cooperation with area agencies on aging, shall establish the Family Caregiver Grant Pilot Program to increase the number of families served by the Respite Care Fund, alleviate costs associated with providing in home care of an adult, provide a family caregiver grant to increase economic security for family caregivers and examine the needs and preferences of the families served by the Respite Care Fund and the pilot program.
Provides one-time funds to contract with a media consulting firm to design and implement a statewide multimedia campaign that promotes direct care worker jobs as a career choice.
The Department of Health and Human Services shall establish a pilot program to allow the parent of a child who is eligible for in-home personal care services under the MaineCare program to register as a personal care agency and receive reimbursement for providing those services to the child. To qualify for reimbursement under this section, the parent must have made reasonable efforts to obtain regular in-home personal care services and have satisfied the requirements of the applicable background check required of providers of in-home personal care services.
Provides one-time funding to increase the critical health care workforce by providing incentives to providers to serve as preceptors and clinical sites for health care students who require clinical hours and related oversight.
Establishes 3 limited-period Career Center Consultant positions and one limited period Employment and Training Specialist III position through December 14, 2024 to create, track and coordinate all activities related to the tuition remission program, including enrollment and payment processing.
Establishes 2 limited-period Career Center Consultant positions through December 14, 2024 to provide information on stackable credentials and prior learning credits and to assist out-of-state and foreign-trained health care workers to quickly re-credential as licensed providers in the State.
Provides funding to develop and refine health care career pathways and implement health care apprenticeships.
Provides one-time funding to support nursing home, federally qualified health center and hospital health care recruitment efforts to address critical health care workforce shortages to be spent as part of a collaborative public-private partnership with providers.
Provides one-time funding to support workforce development plans designed to meet the needs of workers and students, as well as employers and industries, especially those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the hospitality industry, heritage industries and health care, and skilled trades that are in demand and required for other economic opportunities, ranging from broadband expansion to affordable housing construction.
Provides one-time funding to support workforce development plans designed to meet the needs of workers and students, as well as employers and industries, especially those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and economic needs that are in demand and required for other economic opportunities.
Provides one-time funding for the department to provide equal monthly supplemental payments from January 2022 through December 2022 to all providers of services under the department's rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 2, Section 17, Section 26, Section 28 and Section 65 in equal proportion to the services provided by providers in the previous 12-month period.
Carry Over Bills (to be considered during 2nd Session commending in January 2022)
An Act To Increase Faculty in Nursing Education Programs by Amending the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program
An Act To Provide a Tax Credit for Family Caregivers
Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Increase MaineCare Reimbursement Rates for Targeted Case Management Services and To Expand Eligibility for Targeted Case Management Services for Adults with Substance Use Disorder
Resolve, To Encourage Employment in the Direct Care Workforce
An Act To Address the Shortage of Direct Care Workers for Children with Disabilities in Maine However, $465,000 for this program was included in LD 1733, the legislation authorizing use of Maine’s American Rescue Plan Act funds.
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Study Long-term Care Workforce Issues