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Thank you for visiting the EMHS Advocacy Center.  EMHS organizations look forward to partnering with the citizens of Maine to provide members of the Maine Legislature, Congress and other policy leaders with important information and comment on the impact that state and federal policy decisions will have on healthcare in Maine. We welcome you to visit the EMHS Advocacy Center often as a valuable informational site for state and federal policy and election information resources.
 
Please visit our ELECTED OFFICIALS SITE for information on Maine's Governor, Maine State Legislators,  Maine's Senators and Representatives in Congress. 
 
EMHS members include:
Eastern Maine Medical Center, The Acadia Hospital, Inland Hospital, Sebasticook Valley Hospital, Charles A Dean Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home,  Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, The Aroostook Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Affiliated Healthcare Systems, Eastern Maine HomeCare, VNA Home Health Hospice and Rosscare.
 
Please note that EMHS has viewing access to all email communications sent via the EMHS Advocacy Website.
 
 
  • Legislature Adjourns for 2016 Session

    Legislators have completed their work for the 2016 session. The session included passage of LD 1537, legislation focused on Maine’s drug addiction crisis and LD 1646, legislation impacting opioid prescribing and Maine’s prescription monitoring program. Unfortunately legislation to increase funding for Methadone clinics failed to receive the necessary funding. Once again, despite strong support from Maine hospitals and advocates, legislation to expand health insurance coverage to thousands of low income Maine citizens failed to pass. Additionally, despite months of work, nearly all of the recommendations from the Commission to Study Difficult to Place Patients failed to move forward. The only recommendation that passed supports the Long Term Care Ombudsman to hire two additional positions dedicated to assisting hospitals to transfer difficult to place patients into community based care settings. Bills directing DHHS to conduct rate studies for MaineCare funded home care and ambulance services reflect important work that will continue when the newly elected legislature convenes in January. Regular Bills and Resolves passed during the 2016 legislative session become effective on Friday, July 29, 2016. ...


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