Legislative & Regulatory
Advocating the interests of Maine physicians and their patients before the legislative and executive branches of government.
No entity devotes more resources to advocacy on physicians' behalf before the Maine legislature and executive branch agencies than the Maine Medical Association.
The MMA Advocacy Team:
- Gordon H. Smith, J.D., Executive Vice President
- Andrew B. MacLean, J.D., Deputy Executive Vice President and General Counsel
- Peter P. Michaud, J.D., R.N., Associate General Counsel
MMA's Advocacy Team (L-R): Andy, Gordon and Peter
The MMA's advocacy team knows the key decision-makers in the legislature and the executive branch and is actively engaged in representing physicians and their patients in the health care policy debate in Maine. Mr. Smith and Mr. MacLean together have almost 50 years of experience in government affairs in Maine, and Mr. Michaud's nursing background provides critical clinical knowledge. If you would like to become involved in the MMA's advocacy work, please contact us.
Resources to Keep You Informed of the MMA's Advocacy Efforts:
- Testimony: MMA testimony from the current session of the Legislature.
- 128th Legislature MMA Bill Tracking Sheet [Go] Starting each January, MMA's most current tracking sheet shows MMA's position on bills being tracked by the Association.
- Weekly Update Political Pulse Articles: A weekly electronic newsletter covering legislative activity during the session.
- Legislative Summaries - Summaries of health care-related legislation tracked by the Maine Medical Association in recent years
- MMA Resolutions from 2000 to Present: A summary of all MMA formal policy resolutions since 2001.
- "Top Ten" List: MMA's current "Top Ten" list of legal, legislative, and regulatory successes.
- Physician's Guide to Maine Law: Laws affecting all aspects of your practice.
MMA Legislative Committee. The MMA Legislative Committee holds weekly conference call during the legislative session to review and finalize the MMA's position on bills printed that week, to hear the views of specialty societies on the new bills or their concerns about any health policy issues, and to discuss the highlights of legislative action that week. For more information or to join the calls, please contact Andrew MacLean, Deputy EVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-480-4187.
- Doctor of the Day: Participate in the process as a "Doctor of the Day" at the Maine legislature. In addition to familiarizing yourself with Maine's legislative process and meeting your legislators, you may have your children serve as "Honorary Pages" during your visit.
About the Maine Legislature & Legislative Committees:
Maine's legislature is composed of 186 members (151 members of the House of Representatives and 35 members of the Senate) elected every two years. Members are limited to four consecutive terms in one seat, but they may return after a break and may run for an appropriate seat in the other chamber. The Maine legislature meets for approximately 6 months (January to June) in the first year and for approximately 4 months (January to April) in the second year of the 2-year cycle.
- Maine Legislature's Home Page: A wealth of information about Maine's legislative process. You can research the legislative history of any bill and Maine's statutes online.
- Bill Status Search: Determine the current procedural status of any bill in the current legislature.
All of the committees of the Maine Legislature are joint House/Senate committees generally composed of 13 members – 3 Senators with 2 from the majority party and 1 from the minority party and 10 Representatives with 6 from the majority party and 4 from the minority party. The following committees have jurisdiction over some portion of health care policy: Health & Human Services, Insurance & Financial Services, Labor Commerce, Research & Economic Development,and Judiciary. In addition to these four committees, the legislature's two "money" committees inevitably are involved in the health care policy debate – Taxation (the revenue committee) and Appropriations & Financial Affairs (the spending committee).
- Joint Standing Committees: Membership of the joint standing committees of the current legislature at this site.
- Committee Jurisdiction: Areas of jurisdiction for each committee.
The principal executive branch agencies involved in the development of health care policy in Maine are the Department of Health & Human Services and the Department of Professional & Financial Regulation. Two quasi-independent agencies, the Maine Health Data Organization and the Workers' Compensation Board also play a role in health care policy development.
- State Agency Rules: You can find administrative rules promulgated by executive branch agencies at this site.
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