Legislative Agenda

M4A’s Legislative Priorities 2015

Top Priority for 2015:
Defeat cuts by the Governor to the Medicare Savings Program and Drugs for the Elderly

LR 790 An Act To Fully Fund the Family Caregiver Respite Program

This bill provides additional General Fund appropriations of $182,000 in fiscal year 2015-16 and $243,000 in fiscal year 2016-17 for the Department of Health and Human Services to fully fund the Family Caregiver Respite program, also known as the Alzheimer’s Respite Program and Partners in Caring. This appropriation is intended to eliminate the waiting list for the Family Caregiver Respite Program in 2015-16 and meet the growing demand for the program in 2016-17.

LD 831 An Act To Reduce MaineCare Spending through Targeted Prevention Services

This Act requires the Department to request that home delivered meals be a reimbursable covered service under the state’s Home and Community Based Services waivers. These services are not available under MaineCare, but are allowable. Home delivered meals have been demonstrated to increase health and delay entry into facility-based care but they are not currently being used to promote health and community living.

Status: Public Hearing - Thursday, March 26, 2015 1:00 PM

LR 155 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support the Independence of Maine's Seniors

This $65M bond will provide energy efficient affordable homes to low-income Maine seniors. The bond will construct new homes or adaptively reuse existing structures to provide such homes. At least one facility will be located in each of Maine's 16 counties. Preference will be  given to home locations that are accessible to health care, other essential goods and services, and public transportation. A portion of the bond proceeds will provide for home repair and weatherization of the existing homes of low-income seniors. These improvements will allow those seniors to safely remain in energy efficient affordable homes. The bond proceeds will leverage an estimated $100 million in investment from private and other funds.

LR 796 An Act To Protect Older Adults from Financial Exploitation

This Act establishes that money management services are core social services that should be available to older adults who can no longer manage certain aspects of their finances. It establishes funding for the Money Minders Program and requires Maine’s Area Agencies on Aging to provide personal financial assistance to older adults through this, or similar programs.

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