Letters of Testimony

Here we have accumulated some letters that we have sent in support or opposition to policy changes that have been proposed recently in lieu of being able to attend and testify in person.  

LD2: An Act to Require the Inclusion of Racial Impact Statements in the Legislative Process
Submitted to the Committee on State and Local Government on February 21, 2021, we supported this bill which would require the Inclusion of Racial Impact Statements in the legislative process.

LD48: An Act To Require the Department of Health and Human Services to Request a Waiver Relating to Support Services and To Provide Funds to Prevent Homelessness
Submitted to the Committee on Health and Human Services, we supported this bill which would provide Medicaid-funded support services to individuals experiencing homelessness in Maine.

LD196: Resolve, To Insure Access to Community Mental Health Services
Submitted to the Committee on Health and Human Services, we supported this bill which would increase reimbursement rates for daily living support services and any home and community-based services provided by behavioral health professionals by 15%.

LD253: Voter ID Legislation
Submitted to the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, we opposed this bill which would require that a voter provide proof of identity for the purpose of voting with photographic identification approved by the Secretary of State by rule.

LD360: Resolve, To Reduce Barriers to Recovery from Addiction by Expanding Eligibility for Targeted Case Management Services

Submitted to the Committee on Health and Human Services, we supported this bill which expand eligibility to receive Substance Use Treatment for those receiving targeted case management services through MaineCare.

LD415: Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services to Increase MaineCare Reimbursement Rates for Targeted Case Management Services to Reflect Inflation
Submitted to the Committee on Health and Human Services, we supported this bill which requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules governing MaineCare reimbursement for targeted case management services to provide an increase reflecting cost increases from 2010 to 2020.

LD428: An Act to Prevent Tax Haven Abuse
Submitted to the Committee on Taxation, we supported this bill which would address the use of tax havens by corporations.

LD489: Environmental Amendment
Submitted to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, we supported this bill which would amend the Constitution of Maine to grant the people of the State a right to a clean and healthy environment and to the preservation of the natural, cultural, recreational, scenic and healthful qualities of the environment.

LD495: An Act To Improve Income Tax Progressivity by Establishing New Top Individual Income Tax Rates
Submitted to the Committee on Taxation, we supported this bill which increase the tax rates on those who are the highest earners in the state.

LD496: An Act To Clear Waiting Lists for and Ensure Timely Access to Mental Health Services for Maine Children
Submitted to the Committee on Health and Human Services, we supported this bill which would require the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to amend its policies to increase MaineCare reimbursement rates for child mental health services by July 1st of this year.

LD557: Photo ID for Voting
Submitted to the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, we opposed this bill which would require the presentation of proof of identity in the form of a photograph identification document when voting in person. 

LD582: An Act To Support the Fidelity and Sustainability of Assertive Community Treatment
Submitted to the Committee on Health and Human Services, we supported this bill that would increase reimbursement rates for Assertive Community Treatment.

LD848: An Act To Increase High-speed Internet In Rural Maine
Submitted to the Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Technology, we supported this bill that would increase access to high-speed internet for residents in Rural Maine.

LD 1135: An Act Regarding Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services and Increasing Reimbursement Rates for Those Services
Submitted to the Committee on Health and Human Services, we supported this bill that would increase reimbursement rates for Substance Use Treatment

LD 1148: Resolve, To Increase Broadband Access in Private Nonmedical Institutions
Submitted to the Committee on Health and Human Services, we supported this bill that would require DHHS to collaborate with nonmedical institutions to strategize and develop a plan to meet these needs.

LD 1196: An Act Regarding Targets for Health Plan Investments in Primary Care and Behavioral Health
Submitted to the Committee on Health and Human Services, we supported this bill that would set expectations and provide incentives for insurers to strengthen our primary care and behavioral health systems.

LD 1262: Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Develop a Comprehensive Statewide Strategic Plan To Serve Maine People with Behavioral Health Needs throughout Their Lifespans
Submitted to the Committee on Health and Human Services, we supported this bill that develop a comprehensive plan to serve people with Behavioral Health concerns over the course of their lives. 

MaineCare Reimbursement Rate Feedback
Submitted to the Committee on Health and Human Services, we encouraged the committee to evaluate the rate of reimbursement for Behavioral Health and Substance Use Treatment.