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LD 176: An Act To Amend the Laws Pertaining to Disability Retirement Benefits Administered by the Maine Public Employees Retirement System   Web Link to LD 176

Description: The committee amendment replaces the bill, which is a concept draft. The amendment authorizes the Board of Trustees of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System to procure and offer long-term disability insurance to the retirement system's members and employees who choose not to become members but participate in the defined contribution plan pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, section 18801, subsection 1. The decision about whether to offer coverage is made by the employer. Premiums would not be paid for by the retirement system, but would be paid by employers, by employees electing the coverage or by a combination of both. The amendment also directs the retirement system to report twice to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over retirement matters on the use of the authority granted by this bill, once in 2019 and once in 2020.
Position: Status: Public Law Chap 378
Sponsors: Presented by Representative FOLEY of Wells. Cosponsored by Senator KATZ of Kennebec and Representatives: GERRISH of Lebanon, HANLEY of Pittston, HYMANSON of York, PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield, PRESCOTT of Waterboro, Senator: WHITTEMORE of Somerset
Committee: AppropsHearing: Friday, April 07, 2017, 10:30 AM, State House, Room 228
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 247: An Act To Amend the Retirement Laws Pertaining to Participating Local Districts   Web Link to LD 247

Description: The committee amendment replaces the bill, which is a concept draft. The amendment clarifies the rule-making authority for the Board of Trustees of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System to implement changes to the Participating Local District Consolidated Retirement Plan. The changes are based on recommendations made by the Participating Local District Advisory Committee, which is authorized by statute to propose changes to the retirement plan. The amendment also does the following. 1. It makes clear that plan provisions that pertain to contribution rates, earnable compensation, service credit for unused sick or vacation leave, cost-of-living adjustments, early retirement reduction, return to work after retirement and withdrawal liability payments that apply to employers and members of the Participating Local District Consolidated Retirement Plan are those adopted by rule pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 18801. 2. It clarifies the meaning of "level of service retirement benefits" as it pertains to permissible changes to service retirement benefits. 3. It provides guidance for the adoption of rules on return to work after retirement and withdrawal liability. 4. It makes clear that any rules adopted by the board relating to the Participating Local District Consolidated Retirement Plan are routine technical rules. 5. It adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause.
Position: Status: Public Law Chap 392
Sponsors: Presented by Representative MADIGAN of Rumford
Committee: AppropsHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 521: An Act To Align the Criteria Used by the Maine Public Employees Retirement System in Determining Veterans' Disability Claims with the Criteria Used by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs   Web Link to LD 521

Description: The committee amendment is the majority report of the committee and replaces the bill. The amendment provides that a veteran who is a member of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System and who has been awarded disability compensation by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs for a service-connected disability based on a determination of individual unemployability is presumed to be disabled under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 17921, subsection 1 and section 18521, subsection 1. This presumption may be rebutted only by evidence not considered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The provisions of the amendment apply to any application for a disability retirement benefit filed on or after October 1, 2018.
Position: Status: Public Law Chap 384
Sponsors: Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham. Cosponsored by Senator CARSON of Cumberland and Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, AUSTIN of Gray, DAUGHTRY of Brunswick, FOLEY of Wells, FREY of Bangor, GOLDEN of Lewiston, McCREIGHT of Harpswell, SHEATS of Auburn
Committee: AppropsHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 925: An Act Making Certain Appropriations and Allocations and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government   Web Link to LD 925

Description: The committee amendment replaces the bill, which was an emergency concept draft, to make various appropriations and allocations necessary for the proper operations of State Government. Part A provides funding to the Department of Health and Human Services to add 50 members a month, beginning October 1, 2018, from the waiting list for community-based services provided under rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapters II and III, Section 21 relating to home and community benefits for members with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder until 300 new members in total have been added. Part B requires the Department of Health and Human Services to base a nursing facility’s base year, for state fiscal years beginning on or after July 1, 2019, on the most recent cost reports available; any rebasing may not result in a reimbursement rate that is lower than that in effect on June 30, 2018. It also requires the department to amend its rules to increase rates for adult family care services, adult day services, homemaker services, nursing facilities and residential care facilities, specifies the amount of the rate increases, requires future cost-of-living increases and provides funding to the department for the rate increases. Part B requires the cost-of-living increases to continue for adult family care services, adult day services and homemaker services until the completion of a rate study conducted by a 3rd party. Part B also establishes the Commission To Study Long-term Care Workforce Issues. Part C provides funding to the Department of Health and Human Services and to the General Purpose Aid for Local Schools program within the Department of Education in fiscal year 2018-19 to establish reimbursement rates and increase existing reimbursement rates in the Department of Health and Human Services rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 28 for children's habilitative services and specialized children's habilitative services in accordance with the April 24, 2017 report "Rate Study for Behavioral Health and Targeted Case Management Services: Final Proposed Rates for Formal Rulemaking" prepared for the Department of Health and Human Services by Burns & Associates, Inc. Part D provides funding to the Department of Health and Human Services to increase certain reimbursement rates effective July 1, 2018 to reflect a 2% increase over rates in fiscal year 2008-09. Part E provides funding to the Department of Health and Human Services for a 15% rate increase for the medication management services provided under rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 65: Behavioral Health Services. Part F addresses the opiate crisis in Maine by: 1. Allowing funds from property forfeited pursuant to a criminal forfeiture action to be assigned by the court, upon the request of the investigating or prosecuting agency, to a law enforcement agency in this State that provides case management and other social services to persons with substance use disorders; 2. Adding in the Maine Criminal Code new variants of aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs that include trafficking in scheduled drugs when the trafficked scheduled drug was a contributing factor in the death of another person, a Class A crime, or serious bodily injury of another person, a Class B crime; 3. Clarifying that the Class B crimes of aggravated furnishing of scheduled drugs and aggravated trafficking or furnishing of counterfeit drugs are for the death of another person, whose death was caused by a drug furnished by the defendant; 4. Making aggravated trafficking in fentanyl powder a Class A crime; and 5. Requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to provide an annual report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters regarding the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program, including the number of prescribers participating and trends in prescription practices. Part G requires the Department of Health and Human Services to support a hub-and-spoke system for the treatment and recovery for those with substance use disorder. It requires that the department must assess opportunities for federal funding and provide grants for training when funding is available. It requires the department to support the development of a plan to create a statewide resource and referral center for substance use disorder treatment that uses the 211 Maine service and links it with comprehensive statewide information on available treatment and recovery resources. It requires a report from the department to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters by February 1, 2019. It includes an appropriations and allocations section. Part H provides one-time additional funding for the provision of assisted living services at facilities currently operating at a loss, including, but not limited to, facilities in Bangor, Millinocket, Camden and Sanford. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a review of possible ways to stabilize funding for affordable assisted living facilities that contract with the office of aging and disability services within the Department of Health and Human Services, including permanent increases to existing funding levels, paying the medical costs of certain residents until they are eligible for MaineCare coverage, a practice known as Rate Code 53 spending, and designating facilities as private nonmedical institutions. It directs the department to report back with its recommendations to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters by January 11, 2019. Part I requires the Department of Health and Human Services to increase reimbursement rates for multisystemic therapy, multisystemic therapy for problem sexualized behavior and functional family therapy by 20% until June 30, 2019. It requires the department to contract for a 3rd-party rate study of the reimbursement rates for those therapies, including developing a rate set on a per case per week basis rather than the current 15-minute increments. The rate study must also take into account the costs to providers of delivering the services, including additional training, and maintenance of fidelity to the treatment models. The rate study must be completed no later than December 1, 2018. The department must submit a report on the results of the study to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters no later than January 30, 2019. The department is authorized to implement new rates through rulemaking as long as the rates are no lower than those that exist on April 1, 2018 and the rates are approved by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It also adds an appropriations and allocations section. Part J provides additional funding for the Judicial Department to establish a new drug court in the State for up to 30 participants or to expand by up to 30 the number of participants served by existing drug courts in the State pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 4, section 421. It also provides funding for the case management and ancillary services provided to drug court participants by the office of substance abuse and mental health services within the Department of Health and Human Services. Part K allows employees at state correctional facilities that close who have not reached their normal retirement age to retire and receive their full retirement benefit if certain conditions are met and funding is appropriated for the additional actuarial costs that result from the elimination of a reduction for retirement prior to normal retirement age. Part K also requires the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to provide certification of the pending closure of a state correctional facility to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. It requires the retirement system to calculate the amount of funding necessary to pay the actuarial costs and report that information to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over retirement matters. It provides that the joint standing committee may report out legislation appropriating funds for the costs set forth in the report. Part L establishes the Task Force To Study and Plan for the Implementation of Maine's Early Childhood Special Education Services to examine the national trends and relevant models of governing and delivering early childhood special education systems and the short-term and long-term costs and benefits to the Department of Education's proposed plan to restructure the Child Development Services System and to make recommendations for an early childhood special education services program plan. An appropriations and allocations section is included to provide $3,700,000 in the 2nd year of the biennium to address the Child Development Services System budgetary shortfall. Part M establishes a residential housing lead abatement program administered by the Maine State Housing Authority. The purpose of the program is to provide grants to municipalities and to housing units and housing projects that meet specified eligibility standards. Priority for lead abatement projects funded by the program is given to residences occupied by children who have tested positive for lead poisoning. The program is funded by a one-time allocation of $4,000,000 from the Fund for a Healthy Maine. Part N restores funding on a one-time basis to Maine's school-based health centers to the level of funding provided in fiscal year 2016-17 and allows the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters to report out legislation to the First Regular Session of the 129th Legislature providing ongoing funding to school-based health centers.
Position: Status: Public Law Chap 460 - veto overriden
Sponsors: Presented by Representative GATTINE of Westbrook
Committee: AppropsHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 968: An Act To Help Prevent Financial Elder Abuse   Web Link to LD 968

Description: The committee amendment replaces the bill. The amendment retains the provisions of the bill. The amendment, however, moves the provisions to a more appropriate place in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 9-B and adds language to clarify that answers provided on the form for opening a multiple-party account do not have any effect on any legal presumptions or inferences in any civil or criminal matter. The amendment clarifies that the provisions apply to multiple-party accounts established or to single-party accounts changed to multiple-party accounts after January 1, 2019.
Position: Status: Public Law Chap 390
Sponsors: Presented by Representative LONGSTAFF of Waterville. Cosponsored by Senator CARPENTER of Aroostook and Representatives: DILLINGHAM of Oxford, LUCHINI of Ellsworth, MADIGAN of Waterville, NADEAU of Winslow, SCHNECK of Bangor, TEPLER of Topsham, WARREN of Hallowell, Senator: KATZ of Kennebec
Committee: Insur & Fin'l SvcsHearing: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 220
Work Session: Mar 30, 2017 Work Session Held Mar 30, 2017 Voted OTP-AM May 2, 2017 Work Session Reconsidered TABLED

LD 1280: An Act Regarding Generic Drug Pricing   Web Link to LD 1280

Description: This bill amends the Maine Pharmacy Act to require that a drug distributed in this State must be made available for sale in this State to a person seeking to develop an application for the approval of the drug under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act or the licensing of a biological product under the federal Public Health Service Act. It establishes disciplinary actions for noncompliance. This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, clarifies that the bill's requirement that a drug distributed in this State be made available for sale to an eligible product developer applies only to manufacturers and wholesalers of drugs licensed in this State under the Maine Pharmacy Act. The amendment further requires sale of a drug distributed in this State to eligible product developers at a fair market price for purposes of supporting the eligible product developer's application for approval of a drug under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, Section 505(b) or 505(j) or the licensing of a biological product under the federal Public Health Service Act, Section 351. The licensed manufacturer or wholesaler may not impose any restriction on the sale that would block or delay the eligible product developer's application in a manner inconsistent with Section 505-1(f)(8) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 21 United States Code, Section 355-1(f)(8) (2016). The amendment ensures increased competition in the market for drugs and biological products, which will lower the cost of prescription drugs for Maine residents and for the State. Developers of low-cost generic drugs and biosimilar biological products must have access to approved drugs distributed in this State by licensed wholesalers and manufacturers to engage in bioequivalence and biosimilarity testing prior to receiving approval from the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, for sale of their generic drugs and biosimilar biological products. Federal laws and regulations governing bioequivalence and biosimilarity testing are designed to ensure availability of generic drugs and biosimilar biological products in a timely manner without risking patient safety, even in cases where an FDA-approved drug is subject to risk evaluation and mitigation strategies and elements to assure safe use, or REMS with ETASU, under Section 505-1 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 21 United States Code, Section 355-1 (2016). Wholesalers and manufacturers of FDA-approved drugs have used REMS with ETASU programs imposed by the FDA as excuses for refusing to sell their drugs and biological products to eligible product developers, despite the prohibition in Section 505-1(f)(8) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 21 United States Code, Section 355-1(f)(8) against such use of REMS with ETASU requirements "to block or delay approval" of a new generic drug or biosimilar biological product. The bill, as amended by Committee Amendment "A," requires that a drug distributed in this State be made available for sale to an eligible product developer by a manufacturer or wholesaler of drugs licensed in this State under the Maine Pharmacy Act. This amendment provides that a manufacturer or wholesaler is not liable for injuries alleged to have been caused by the failure to include adequate safety warnings on a product's label or by a defect in the product's design if that product was not manufactured or sold by that manufacturer or wholesaler. This amendment requires a drug manufacturer or wholesaler to make a drug available for sale at a price no greater than the wholesale acquisition cost rather than at the fair market price as provided in Committee Amendment "A" and limits the price charged to customers for the drug obtained pursuant to this requirement to no more than the wholesale acquisition cost. This amendment also adds an intent section.
Position: Status: Public Law Chap 434
Sponsors: Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook. Cosponsored by Representative GATTINE of Westbrook and Senators: BELLOWS of Kennebec, CARSON of Cumberland, DAVIS of Piscataquis, SAVIELLO of Franklin, VITELLI of Sagadahoc, Representatives: LAWRENCE of South Berwick, MASTRACCIO of Sanford.
Committee: HHSHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1476: An Act To Ensure Continued Coverage for Essential Health Care   Web Link to LD 1476

Description: The committee amendment replaces the bill and seeks to incorporate current requirements under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for coverage of preventive health services, including services for women, into state law. The requirements apply to all individual and group health insurance policies and contracts issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2019.
Position: Status: Public Law Chap 343
Sponsors: Presented by Representative McCREIGHT of Harpswell. Cosponsored by Senator CARSON of Cumberland and Representatives: DENNO of Cumberland, DEVIN of Newcastle, GOLDEN of Lewiston, HERBIG of Belfast, McCREA of Fort Fairfield, PARKER of South Berwick, RECKITT of South Portland, SYLVESTER of Portland
Committee: Insur & Fin'l SvcsHearing: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 220
Work Session: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 220

LD 1653: An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Retirement Benefits for Capitol Police Officers   Web Link to LD 1653

Description: This bill provides that service retirement benefits for a Capitol Police officer in the employment of the Department of Public Safety must be computed on the basis of all of the member's creditable service, regardless of when that service was earned. This amendment makes technical drafting changes to the bill. It also makes clear that the provisions of the bill apply only to those Capitol Police officers employed in that capacity as of the effective date of the legislation. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
Position: Status: Public Law Chap 439
Sponsors: Submitted by the Department of Public Safety pursuant to Joint Rule 203
Committee: AppropsHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1907: Resolve, To Continue a Review of the State Employee and Teacher Retirement Plan   Web Link to LD 1907

Description: This resolve directs the Maine Public Employees Retirement System and the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, within their existing resources, to continue the working group to evaluate and design retirement plan options for all state employees and teachers. The Maine Public Employees Retirement System is directed to submit the final recommendation of the working group, including any necessary implementing legislation, to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over retirement matters by December 1, 2019.
Position: Status: Resolve Ch. 57 (Veto Overridden)
Sponsors: Reported by Representative GATTINE of Westbrook for the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs pursuant to Joint Rule 353.
Committee: AppropsHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

Pending Final Legislative Action

LD 177: An Act To Remove the Age Penalty for State Retirees Working at State Correctional Institutions That Are Closing   Web Link to LD 177

Description: This bill allows employees at state correctional facilities that close who have not reached their normal retirement age to retire and receive their full retirement benefit if certain conditions are met and funding is appropriated for the additional actuarial costs that result from the elimination of a reduction for retirement prior to normal retirement age. This bill requires the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to provide certification of the pending closure of a state correctional facility to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. The bill requires the retirement system to calculate the amount of funding necessary to pay for the actuarial costs and report that information to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over retirement matters. The bill provides that the joint standing committee may report out legislation appropriating funds for the costs set forth in the report.
Position: Status: MOVED INTO LD 925
Sponsors: Presented by Representative ALLEY of Beals. Cosponsored by Senator MAKER of Washington and Representatives: DUNPHY of Old Town, FECTEAU of Biddeford, GOLDEN of Lewiston, HICKMAN of Winthrop, LUCHINI of Ellsworth, PERRY of Calais, STANLEY of Medway, TUCKER of Brunswick
Committee: AppropsHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 513: An Act To Eliminate the State Income Tax for Maine Public Employees Retirement System Pensions   Web Link to LD 513

Description: Retirement benefits under state, local or federal government retirement plans that are based on employment compensation for which contributions are not made to the federal Social Security system result in reductions in the amount of Social Security benefits that a retiree is eligible to receive under the federal Windfall Elimination Provision. This bill provides an income tax exemption for those retirement benefits. The committee amendment increases the maximum annual income tax pension deduction amount for nonmilitary retirement pensions from $10,000 to $35,000 over a 5-year period beginning with the 2017 tax year. The $35,000 pension deduction amount that applies after 2021 is subject to an annual inflation adjustment.
Position: Status: Unfinished business
Sponsors: Presented by Senator BELLOWS of Kennebec. Cosponsored by Senator VOLK of Cumberland, Representative DOORE of Augusta and Senators: CHENETTE of York, WOODSOME of York, Representatives: GRANT of Gardiner, HANDY of Lewiston, POULIOT of Augusta, SYLVESTER of Portland, WARREN of Hallowell
Committee: TaxationHearing: Monday, February 27, 2017, 1:00 PM, State House, Room 127
Work Session: Monday, March 6, 2017 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127

LD 526: An Act To Increase the State Share of the Cost of Health Insurance for Retired Teachers   Web Link to LD 526

Description: Current law requires the State to pay 45% of a retired teacher's share of the premium for group accident and sickness or health insurance. This bill raises that percentage to 50% from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019; 55% from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021; and 60% after June 30, 2021. It also removes the cap on the increase in the State's total cost for retired teachers' health insurance premiums for fiscal years ending after June 30, 2015. The committee amendment is a minority report of the committee. The amendment strikes the bill's proposal to raise the required percentage of a retired teacher's share of the premium for group accident and sickness or health insurance from 45% to 60% between fiscal year 2016-17 and fiscal year 2020-21. The amendment retains the current requirement that the State pay 45% of a retired teacher's share of the premium for group accident and sickness or health insurance and, beginning in fiscal year 2017-18, removes the restriction in current law that limits the increase in the State's total cost for retired teachers' health insurance premiums. The committee amendment is a minority report of the committee. The amendment strikes the bill's proposal to raise the required percentage of a retired teacher's share of the premium for group accident and sickness or health insurance from 45% to 60% between fiscal year 2016-17 and fiscal year 2020-21. The amendment retains the current requirement that the State pay 45% of a retired teacher's share of the premium for group accident and sickness or health insurance and, beginning in fiscal year 2017-18, removes the restriction in current law that limits the increase in the State's total cost for retired teachers' health insurance premiums. The Senate amendment removes the language that caps the increase in the State's total cost for retired teachers' health insurance premiums for certain fiscal years. It retains the current requirement that the State pay 45% of a retired teacher's share of the premium for group accident and sickness or health insurance.
Position: Status: Unfinished business
Sponsors: Presented by Representative COLLINGS of Portland. Cosponsored by Senator MILLETT of Cumberland and Representatives: BERRY of Bowdoinham, KORNFIELD of Bangor, MARTIN of Eagle Lake, PIERCE of Falmouth, SYLVESTER of Portland, TALBOT ROSS of Portland, Senators: CHIPMAN of Cumberland, JACKSON of Aroostook.
Committee: EducationHearing: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 202
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 650: An Act To Clarify and Protect Certain Public Service Retirement Benefits   Web Link to LD 650

Description: This bill changes the contractual commitment to maintain state-protected benefits regarding cost-of-living adjustments for retired state employees and teachers by specifying that it constitutes a solemn contractual commitment of the State that is protected under the Constitution of Maine and the United States Constitution.
Position: Status: Unfinished business
Sponsors: Presented by Senator WOODSOME of York. Cosponsored by Representative MARTIN of Sinclair and Senators: BELLOWS of Kennebec, COLLINS of York, DAVIS of Piscataquis, GRATWICK of Penobscot, JACKSON of Aroostook, LIBBY of Androscoggin, Representatives: FOLEY of Wells, GERRISH of Lebanon, GRANT of Gardiner, GROHMAN of Biddeford, HARRINGTON of Sanford, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, McELWEE of Caribou, PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield, SAMPSON of Alfred
Committee: AppropsHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1006: An Act Regarding Housing Insecurity of Older Citizens   Web Link to LD 1006

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to establish a statewide commission to study housing insecurity in the context of aging in place. The commission created under this bill would be tasked with exploring: 1. The long-term implications associated with the State's aging population; 2. The status of available affordable housing options in the State; 3. The availability of weatherization and repair programs that would allow older individuals to remain in their homes; 4. Various models of affordable and appropriate housing opportunities for older citizens that are in place in other states; and 5. The establishment of a statewide program facilitating the building for older persons of small accessory dwelling units that are located on the same grounds as, or attached to, a primary residence belonging to a family member of the older person.
Position: Status: Carried Over
Sponsors: Presented by Representative TALBOT ROSS of Portland
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1279: An Act To Ensure Patient Protections in the Health Insurance Laws   Web Link to LD 1279

Description: This bill allows children 26 years of age and younger to remain on their parents' health insurance policy. It clarifies that carriers offering individual or group health plans may not establish lifetime or annual limits on the dollar value of benefits. It clarifies that individual, group and blanket health plans may not impose a preexisting condition exclusion on any enrollee.
Position: Status: Veto sustained
Sponsors: Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook. Cosponsored by Senators: BREEN of Cumberland, CHIPMAN of Cumberland, GRATWICK of Penobscot, LIBBY of Androscoggin, Representatives: GATTINE of Westbrook, MARTIN of Eagle Lake, MASTRACCIO of Sanford
Committee: Insur & Fin'l SvcsHearing: Thursday, May 04, 2017, 1:00 PM, Burton M. Cross Building, Room 220
Work Session: Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 - 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 220

Not Enacted

LD 192: An Act To Require Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids   Web Link to LD 192

Description: This bill requires insurance plans to provide coverage for hearing aids at a minimum of $3,000 per hearing aid to all individuals with documented hearing loss.
Position: Status: Dead - vetoed
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Handy of Lewiston. Cosponsored by Senator Bellows of Kennebec and Representative Brooks of Lewiston, Representatives Galgay Reckitt of South Portland, Lawrence of South Berwick, Sheats of Auburn, Sylvester of Portland
Committee: Insur & Fin'l SvcsHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 386: An Act To Establish Universal Health Care for Maine   Web Link to LD 386

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to establish a single-payor, universal health care system in the State. Portions of the system will be based on the single-payor system in place in Vermont and the single-payor proposals submitted previously in Maine and Colorado. The single-payor system proposed in this bill will also be responsive to any changes made on the federal level to the federal Affordable Care Act.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot. Cosponsored by Representative HYMANSON of York and Senators: BELLOWS of Kennebec, BREEN of Cumberland, CHIPMAN of Cumberland, JACKSON of Aroostook, Representatives: ACKLEY of Monmouth, BERRY of Bowdoinham, BROOKS of Lewiston, DENNO of Cumberland
Committee: HHSHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 442: An Act To Create a Family Caregiver Income Tax Credit   Web Link to LD 442

Description: This bill provides an income tax credit for certain eligible expenditures incurred by a family caregiver for the care and support of an eligible family member 18 years of age or older. Eligible expenditures include the improvement of or alteration to the caregiver's primary residence to permit the eligible family member to remain mobile, safe and independent in the home and community; the caregiver's purchase or lease of equipment necessary to assist the eligible family member in carrying out one or more activities of daily living; and costs incurred to assist the caregiver to provide care to an eligible family member, such as expenditures related to hiring a home care aide, respite care, adult day care and transportation and for technology to assist the family caregiver to care for the eligible family member. To be eligible for the tax credit, a family caregiver claiming the credit must have a federal adjusted gross income of less than $75,000 if the family caregiver is filing as a single individual or as a married person filing separately and $150,000 if the family caregiver is filing as a head of household or is filing a married joint return. An eligible family member must require assistance with at least one activity of daily living, as certified by a qualified licensed health care practitioner, and qualify as a dependent of, spouse of, registered domestic partner of, parent of or other relation by blood or marriage to the family caregiver or a registered domestic partner of the family caregiver. The amount of the credit is equal to the eligible expenditures incurred by the eligible caregiver during the taxable year up to a maximum of $2,500.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis
Committee: TaxationHearing: Monday, February 27, 2017, 1:00 PM, State House, Room 127
Work Session: Monday, March 6, 2017 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127

LD 601: An Act To Return the Normal Cost of Teacher Retirement to the State   Web Link to LD 601

Description: This bill changes the method for funding teacher retirement costs. It repeals those provisions of law enacted pursuant to Public Law 2013, chapter 368 that require school administrative units and private schools to pay for teacher retirement.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Representative STEARNS of Guilford. Cosponsored by Representatives: BABBIDGE of Kennebunk, FARNSWORTH of Portland, HIGGINS of Dover-Foxcroft, POULIOT of Augusta, TIPPING of Orono
Committee: EducationHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1509: An Act To Prohibit Retired State Employees and Teachers from Returning to Work While Collecting Retirement Benefits   Web Link to LD 1509

Description: This bill prohibits retired state employees or retired teachers from returning to employment after retirement, either as a state employee or as a teacher, while collecting retirement benefits from the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. This prohibition does not apply to retired state employees or retired teachers who are hired as independent contractors pursuant to a service contract lasting less than one year or as a substitute teacher.
Position: OpposeStatus: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Representative SAMPSON of Alfred. Cosponsored by Senator MASON of Androscoggin and Representatives: BRADSTREET of Vassalboro, GERRISH of Lebanon, KINNEY of Limington, O'CONNOR of Berwick, SIROCKI of Scarborough, STETKIS of Canaan, TIMBERLAKE of Turner, WADSWORTH of Hiram
Committee: AppropsHearing: Jan. 23 at 1 p.m. by AFA
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