Jackson bill to improve coverage of prescription contraceptives heads to governor’s desk

AUGUSTA – On Monday, the Maine Senate unanimously enacted legislation from Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, to improve access and coverage of prescription contraceptives.  “When it comes to birth control, Maine patients should not be at the mercy of their insurance company. They should be able to access and afford the prescription contraceptive that works […]

Law to hold opioid manufacturers accountable takes effect

AUGUSTA — A new law sponsored by Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, that holds opioid manufacturers accountable for their role in the national epidemic takes effect today, June 16. The new law allows the state to collect information from the largest opioid manufacturers and charges these manufacturers a fee to do business in Maine. The […]

Patients First bills to get public hearing on Tuesday

AUGUSTA — The Legislature’s Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee will hold public hearings on Legislative Democrats’ Patients First health care package on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.  The Patients First health care package includes four proposals – sponsored by President Jackson, Speaker Gideon and Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn – that advocate for Maine health […]

Pres. Jackson, Legislative Democrats unveil Patients First Health Care Package

President Jackson speaking at the Patients First press conference along side lawmakers, seniors and health care advocates. AUGUSTA — Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, and Legislative Democrats stood alongside patients, health care advocates and providers to unveil a suite of health care reform bills at a press conference on Tuesday.  “All […]

Pres. Jackson condemns court ruling against the Affordable Care Act

AUGUSTA – In response to the latest ruling on the Affordable Care Act from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, Senate President Troy Jackson, D–Allagash, released the following statement:  “Yesterday’s ruling is the latest in a series of attacks on the Affordable Care Act, which thousands of people all across this country […]

Jackson nursing home bill to become law in January

AUGUSTA—A bill from Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, to increase funding for nursing homes will become law in January, according to a letter from the governor’s office. The bill – LD 1758, “An Act To Clarify and Amend MaineCare Reimbursement Provisions for Nursing and Residential Care Facilities” – increases reimbursement rates for nursing home facilities […]

Jackson proposal to fund rural hospitals becomes law

AUGUSTA—A proposal from Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, to fund rural hospitals and ambulance services was signed into law by Gov. Janet Mills on Tuesday. Legislation from Sen. Jay McCreight, D-Harpswell, was amended to fund initiatives in LD 915, “An Act To Provide Adequate Reimbursement under MaineCare for Ambulance and Neonatal Transport Services” and LD 1350, “An Act To Improve […]