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  • Caitlin DeLuca

Leadership in Action: The State Legislature releases new COVID-19 bill

Maine has been hit hard by COVID-19. This pandemic has pushed many Mainers to the brink, both economically and in maintaining the health of their loved ones and communities. With the recent surge in cases, Mainers are looking to Augusta for help.

The Maine State Legislature listened. Today, they released the first bill of the new session. LD-1’s aim is to stop the continued spread of COVID-19 and ensure that Mainers don’t go broke when they need care.

LD-1 would require insurance companies to expand access to and to fully cover COVID-19 testing; allow Mainers increased options for telehealth appointments; and permit pharmacists to fill prescriptions for extended periods and to administer COVID-19 vaccines once available.

“Maine working families are juggling jobs, hybrid and remote school, unemployment, and a whole host of unknown factors right now,” said our executive director Evan LeBrun.

“Senate President Troy Jackson and Governor Mills get it. Maine has fared a lot better than many other states managing this public health crisis because of their leadership. LD-1 proves that the Legislature is keeping their eye on protecting Mainers.”

As we continue to deal with this dual economic and public health crisis, it’s more important than ever that every Mainer is able to get the care they need, without putting their health or income at risk.

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