ACTION ALERT MAINE: Public Hearing February 11 on MaineCare Coverage of Donor Milk

On Thursday, February 11 there will be a public hearing on MaineCare donor milk coverage. If you are a Maine resident who believes that all babies deserve access to medically necessary lifesaving donor milk, we urge you to attend this hearing and make your voice heard. We also encourage you to submit written testimony in advance of the hearing. All hearings are now conducted via Zoom, which enables you to participate without traveling to Augusta.

One year ago, a similar bill, LD 1938, passed out of committee but because of the pandemic never made it to a full vote in the legislature. Like many other bills, that bill died at the end of the legislative session. Fortunately, Representative Margaret Craven of Lewiston has introduced a new bill with the same language, LD85, An Act Concerning MaineCare Coverage for Donor Breast Milk.

Here are the details currently available:

Text and status of bill

LD 85, An Act Concerning MaineCare Coverage for Donor Breast Milk

Hearing time and committee information

Health and Human Services Committee
Thursday, February 11, 2021
9:00 am
Via Zoom

Sign up to testify

You can sign up to testify until February 11 at 8:30 am by following the instructions below.

To register to provide oral testimony over the electronic platform or via a toll-free phone number, contact the committee clerk via email.

To provide oral testimony, register no later than 30 minutes prior to the posted start time of the meeting; registrations received after that time will be accepted at the discretion of the committee chairs.

Persons with special needs wishing to participate in a legislative hearing who require accommodations should notify the Legislative Information Office as soon as possible: phone 207-287-1692, FAX 207-287-1580, email lio@legislature.maine.gov.

Submitting written testimony

We urge you to submit a letter of support via this link to the committee in advance of the hearing. You can do this whether or not you testify orally on Zoom. In the drop-down menu, choose Health and Human Services and February 11, 2021 9:00 am.

Guidance for providing testimony

View or listen to the hearing

Committee meetings may be heard heard on the legislature’s website or viewed on YouTube.

Contact Committee members

If your own representative or senator serves on the Health and Human Services Committee, contact them in advance of the hearing by phone or email. Members are listed on the Health and Human Services Committee page.

Make your voice heard for Maine’s babies!

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