On Friday, April 29, 2016, the Maine House and Senate finished the 2nd Regular Session of the 127th Legislature. This session, 425 bills were submitted, but only 195 passed into law. The Governor vetoed 59 bills, of which 38 were overridden by the House and Senate.
Below is the summary of the bills the Maine Ambulance Association tracked this year. The effective date for nonemergency laws passed during this past session is Friday, July 29, 2016. Emergency legislation became effective immediately.
If there is other legislation you are interested in, please visit the Maine Office of Policy and Legal Analysis to view their list of bill summaries.
The Department of Health and Human Services is required to contract with a 3rd-party consultant to conduct a rate study on ambulance services. The rate study must include the feasibility of developing community paramedicine reimbursement rates. DHHS must submit a report on developing a reimbursement rate for community paramedicine programs to the Health and Human Services Committee no later than January 1, 2017.
The exemption from the sales and use tax currently provided for sales made to incorporated nonprofit rural community health centers extends to all incorporated nonprofit federally qualified health centers. The same change is made in the exemption for incorporated nonprofit rural community health centers under the service provider tax to maintain consistency in the exemptions under those two taxes.
The Maine Board of Pharmacy is directed to establish, by rule, procedures and standards for authorizing pharmacists to dispense naloxone hydrochloride. The rules must establish adequate training requirements and protocols for dispensing naloxone hydrochloride by prescription drug order or standing order or pursuant to a collaborative practice agreement.
Current law is clarified to allow municipal law enforcement and fire departments to obtain the naloxone hydrochloride that they are authorized to administer.
Criminal, civil and professional disciplinary immunities are established for health care professionals and persons who, acting in good faith and with reasonable care, possess, store, prescribe, dispense or administer naloxone hydrochloride in accordance with the governing law.
The current crime of assault on an emergency medical care provider does not apply to a firefighter. This law creates a new crime of assault on a firefighter as a Class C crime.