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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.
MAA worked with Rep. Michel Lajoie of Lewiston to craft LD 1465, An Act To Require the State To Adequately Pay for Emergency Medical Services. This legislation will increase MaineCare reimbursement for ambulance services to the Medicare allowable rate.
The cost of preparedness for Maine EMS providers is higher than national averages.
Maine Law requires EMS providers to respond to emergency calls and transport patients without regard for their ability to pay. As a rural State, Maine EMS providers have very long distances to travel for these responses and transport to hospitals, especially when transporting patients to the tertiary care hospitals in Bangor, Lewiston and Portland.
During the first half of the 127th session, we tracked LD 315, An Act To Provide a Refund of Fuel Taxes to Maine Ambulance Companies, which would have provided a fuel tax exemption to all ambulance service companies and associations in Maine, including those that have a contract with a political subdivision and those that do not.
This legislation was not passed in the Taxation Committee, but remains a topic of interest for the Association. You can read Tim Beals testimony before the committee by clicking here: MAA Testimony