Legislative Agenda

The 128th Legislature is in full swing and M4A will be leading efforts to pass several bills that are critical to address the challenges older adults face while aging in Maine.

There are nearly 50 bills pending this legislative session that address issues impacting older adults, older workers and the infrastructure need to support aging in place. Many of these bills are just titles and haven’t been printed yet, so we’re just “watching” them – others we’ve helped to move forward and will be actively supporting.

Our top priorities include:

LR 416 Resolve, To Provide Meals to Homebound Individuals

LD 442           An Act To Create a Family Caregiver Income Tax Credit – Public hearing scheduled before Taxation on February 27th at 1:00.

LR 1387 An Act To Address Severe and Ongoing Shortfalls in the Funding of Direct Care Workers in Long-term Care Settings and To Develop and Implement Recruiting and Work Force Development Strategies

LR 1504 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support the Independence of Maine's Seniors and To Support Access to Safe Well Water

LR 1556 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Transportation Projects

Other bills we’re watching:

LD 192 An Act To Require Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids

LD 196 An Act To Protect Personal Information of Participants in a Community Well-being Check Program

LD 263 An Act To Provide Additional Assistance for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities Receiving Food Supplement Program Benefits

LD 308 An Act To Prohibit Charging Maine Seniors Higher Automobile Insurance Premiums Based Solely on Their Age

LR 158 An Act To Provide Economic Security to Maine Families through the Creation of a Paid Family and Medical Leave System

LR 177 An Act To Reduce Prescription Drug Prices

LR 418 An Act To Provide Additional Assistance for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities Receiving Food Supplement Program Benefits

LR 483 An Act To Carry Out the Will of the People of the State of Maine by Ensuring the Issuance of Bonds To Support the Independence of Maine's Seniors

LR 1125 An Act To Allow Seniors To Age with Dignity in Their Homes

LR 1279 An Act To Assist Seniors in Paying Property Taxes

LR 1606 Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Increase Reimbursement Rates for Home-based and Community-based Services

LR 1711 An Act To Allow Municipalities To Implement a Property Tax Deferral Program

LR 1744 An Act To Help Prevent Financial Elder Abuse

LR 1818 An Act To Provide Tax Credits for Adult Day Care and Respite and Hospice Care

LR 1911 Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Develop and Distribute Dementia -friendly Work Training Packets to Maine Businesses

LR 1934 An Act To Protect Elders and Ensure the Efficient Use of Litigation Resources for the State

LR 2003 An Act To Provide Property Tax Relief for Elderly Maine Residents

 

If you have questions about these bills or about how you can help, contact Jessica Maurer at jmaurer@maine4a.org