The Amputee Coalition will focus on ensuring fair insurance coverage for prosthetics provided through Medicaid. We are actively seeking advocates to support these efforts.
The Maine State Legislature initially passed Insurance Fairness for Amputee legislation in 2003. LD125 was signed into law by Governor John Baldacci (I) June 16th, 2003, which included a provision to exclude microprocessor devices.
In 2009 a successful attempt to amend LD125 was made using LD20. The newly amended law required insurance companies to cover the cost of prosthetic devices containing microprocessors. As part of the legislative process, the Maine State Legislature commissioned the Maine Insurance Fairness Study to study the difference in coverage costs that would result from the passage of LD20. The study found the cost to be minimal based on a per member per month basis. Governor Baldacci signed LD 20 into law on April 5th, 2010.
State Government Information
The Democratic Party controls both chambers of the State Legislature and the Office of the Governor.
Maine’s State Legislature works on a two year cycle. Session runs from January until July in the first year and from January until May in the second.
The Office of Governor has an election every four years that coincides with Congressional Mid-Term Elections. The next election will be held in 2022. An individual elected to the Office of the Governor can serve two consecutive terms. The Governor is responsible for signing legislation into law and granting formal proclamations, such as Limb Loss Awareness Month.
The Maine Bureau of Insurance is housed in the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. The Governor appoints the Commissioner of Insurance to observe the oversight of the insurance industry. The Bureau provides information about insurance payment reforms and the ability to file a complaint against an insurance provider.
The Amputee Coalition needs support from the limb loss/difference community. If you are interested in aiding our efforts: