An Act To Promote Telehealth
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, case management services are an essential component of serving Medicaid members; and
Whereas, the emerging spread of COVID-19 may make it unsafe to provide in-person case management services to Medicaid members; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §3173-H, as enacted by PL 2017, c. 307, §2, is amended to read:
§ 3173-H. Services delivered through telehealth
Sec. 2. 22 MRSA §3173-I, sub-§2, as enacted by PL 2017, c. 307, §3, is amended to read:
Sec. 3. 24-A MRSA §4316, sub-§1, ¶A-1 is enacted to read:
Sec. 4. 24-A MRSA §4316, sub-§9 is enacted to read:
Sec. 5. Department of Health and Human Services to reimburse targeted case management services delivered through telehealth. The Department of Health and Human Services shall, no later than September 30, 2020, amend its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter I, Section 4, Telehealth and Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 13, Targeted Case Management Services to provide for reimbursement of case management services delivered through telehealth to targeted populations.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.