The top priority for the 129th Legislature is to increase MaineCare reimbursement for ambulance services. After several years without a statutorily specified rate, in 2013 the MAA was successful in getting legislation passed to set the MaineCare rate at no less than 65% of the allowed Medicare rate.
The MAA has been working with Senate President Troy Jackson and key legislators on both sides of the aisle to have the MaineCare rate set at 100% of the average Medicare rate.
LD 915 An Act To Provide Adequate Reimbursement under MaineCare for Ambulance and Neonatal Transport Services adjusts the MaineCare rate for ambulances and includes reimbursement for neonatal transport, which is currently not covered.
This Joint Standing Committee on Health & Human Services will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 1:30 PM in Room 209 (Cross Office Building) to hear testimony on LD 915.
This increase is essential for the survival of many ambulance services (of all sizes) and it's important that legislators know about the impact of inadequate reimbursement has affected business basics such as payroll, training, equipment, and maintenance.
The MAA is fortunate to have both an experienced lobbyist and an experienced Executive Director who are known and highly respected by the Legislature. This combination enables us to communicate and work closely with our allied health and public safety colleagues on a variety of issues that arise throughout the session.
The MAA Legislative Committee has weekly conference calls to discuss bills of interest and plan our involvement. All MAA members are welcome to participate on these calls. Following these conference calls, a Legislative Update is distributed to all members and posted in the Members Area of this website.
If you are interested in receiving these updates, please click here to be added to the distribution list.
The MAA is a regular attendee at Maine EMS meetings such as the Board of EMS, Medical Directions & Practice Board, and the Interfacility Transfer Committee.
At these meetings, the MAA represents all members and provides essential input to state EMS leaders.
The MAA is also traveling throughout the state to conduct training on how to interact with the legislature and the Board of EMS. This training is open to all (members and non members) at no cost. If you are interested in learning more about this program, please send us an email by clicking here.