Thank You For Helping Us Succeed

By Michelle Hathaway February 13, 2020

Dear Citizens Of Maine

Thank you all so much for the overwhelming support and assistance you have provided to MMCC and other agencies in our State over this past week. I am pleased to say that DHHS, after deeper reflection on the impact of these rule changes, has decided to withdraw the proposal. Below is a portion of their announcement, the full text of which can be directly viewed at this webpage. Their decision is a direct result of our joint advocacy.

Update to Proposed School-Based Health Services Rule

After receiving initial feedback, the Department of Health and Human Services is withdrawing its proposed rule to consolidate Medicaid (MaineCare) school-based health services into a new Section 106. The intent of the rule was to ensure that the Department balances the need to comply with federal rules and to ensure access to critical services, with children's well-being at the center. Following additional engagement with stakeholders and education regarding the program's goals, the Department will re-propose an updated rule. We are committed to working in partnership with the Department of Education, schools and pre-k programs, among other stakeholders, to best meet the needs of children and their families throughout Maine.

While we will continue to accept comments through Friday, February 28, 2020, we are cancelling the public hearing on February 18, 2020. Once a new rule has been proposed, we will schedule a new public hearing and comment period to gather public input.