Continuing work on the change package Appropriations met this afternoon and unanimously approved a number of the remaining proposals in front of them.
Among the issues still to be resolved are positions, large transfers, direct care rates, health care for legally present new Mainers, and the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services (MCILS); as well as bonds, AFA table bills and the American Rescue Plan Act funds.
All of these and other items not discussed above or below are still under active consideration.
Votes today include:
- Eliminates 13.5 positions from Long Creek Youth Development Center- Rep. Arata of New Gloucester rejected this initiative citing her personal concerns about how “secure” the facility is
- Move $1M in CDC health outcome disparity funding to ARPA for the funding of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations
- Supporting Higher Education providing 3% COLAs in each year, preventing tuition increases at all three systems
- $40M state and federal funding to support COLAs and pandemic loses for Nursing Facilities
- Rejecting General Fund (GF) for Curtis Hall for Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) to be funded instead with Maine Health and Higher Education Funding Authority (MEHEFA) coming out – not general fund
- Rejecting proposed changes to 340B drug pricing that would negatively impact rural facilities, including Planned Parenthood and Family Planning
- $10M in PFAS remediation funds
- Comprehensive dental care benefit for adults
- $4.7M in GF for the intensive outpatient pilot program (IOP) to address behavioral health needs
- Cost of Living Adjustments COLAs for family care homes, $8.5M GF
- Funding for diabetes prevention programming
- $1.6M GF for coordinated specialty care to support MaineCare members who experience a first episode of psychosis
- $5M GF for SUD intensive outpatient services and rates
- $5.4M GF to support hospitals response to COVID
- $2.6M GF COVID support for Private Non-Medical Institutions (PNMI)
- $8M to support an increase in children in foster care
Caucusing and negotiations are ongoing. Meetings and votes will be announced with short notice. Those meetings and votes will be broadcast only on mic.