State House Advocacy

M4A’s Legislative Highlights

The 2015 Legislative Session was a win for Maine seniors!  M4A led the efforts of the Maine Council on  Aging this Session and helped to enact an historic 16 laws and fund several critical investments in the infrastructure needed to help older adults thrive in their homes and communities and access services across the aging continuum. 

M4A’s key successes this session included:

  • Increased MaineCare reimbursement rates for direct care workers
    • $4.1 million included in FY16-17 budget
  • Increased funding for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Respite Program
    • $247,272 in FY16-17 to reduce wait-list by two-thirds
  • Inclusion of home delivered meals as a MaineCare covered service
    • $75,000 included in budget to cover the service
  • Permanent funding for a statewide Money Minders Program
    • $75,000 included in the budget to cover the program
  • General fund bond to build affordable senior housing
    • $15 million bond; $500,000 included for home repair
  • Defeated cuts to the Medicare Savings Program in the Governor’s budget

We also fought against bills to require photo ID for voting and to end telephone service in the most rural parts of Maine.  We fought for changes to Maine’s Criminal Code and Adult Protective Services statute to make it easier to prosecute financial exploitation of older adults and for the creation of a new Background Check Program that will make important information about direct care workers and CNAs available to the public.

Finally, we provided support for a bill that was enacted and funded in FY16 that will provide tax credits for Adult Day Care and Respite Care paid out of pocket by family caregivers.  

If you have questions about these bills or about how you can help, contact Jessica Maurer at