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September 12, 2007

As posted in 5 daily Maine newspapers

NOTICE OF STATE RULE-MAKING
Public Input for Proposed and Adopted Rules

Notices are published each Wednesday to alert the public regarding state agency rule-making. You may obtain a copy of any rule by notifying the agency contact person. You may also comment on the rule, and/or attend the public hearing. If no hearing is scheduled, you may request one -- the agency may then schedule a hearing, and must do so if 5 or more persons request it. If you are disabled or need special services to attend a hearing, please notify the agency contact person at least 7 days prior to it. Petitions: you can petition an agency to adopt, amend, or repeal any rule; the agency must provide you with petition forms, and must respond to your petition within 60 days. The agency must enter rule-making if the petition is signed by 150 or more registered voters, and may begin rule-making if there are fewer. You can also petition the Legislature to review a rule; the Executive Director of the Legislative Council (115 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, phone 207/287-1615) will provide you with the necessary petition forms. The appropriate legislative committee will review a rule upon receipt of a petition from 100 or more registered voters, or from "...any person who may be directly, substantially and adversely affected by the application of a rule..." (Title 5 Section 11112). World-Wide Web: Copies of the weekly notices and the full texts of adopted rule chapters may be found on the internet at: http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules.


PROPOSALS



AGENCY: 10-144 - Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 276, Influenza Immunizing Agent Distribution Report
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2007-P219
CONCISE SUMMARY: The purpose of these rules is to identify the responsibilities of manufacturers or distributors of influenza immunizing agents to or within the State of Maine, establish the procedures by which the Department will estimate the supply and demand for influenza immunizing agents and establish the circumstances in which information relating to the distribution of influenza immunizing agents in Maine may be publicly disclosed.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 22 Chapter 251 §1065
PUBLIC HEARING: None
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: October 12th, 2007
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Kathleen Mahaleris
AGENCY NAME: Maine Immunization Program, 286 Water Street, Augusta, ME 04330
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-3746



AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Health and Human Services, Office of MaineCare Services
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual: Ch. II and III Section 37, Home Based Mental Health Services
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2007-P220
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Department is repealing this section of the MaineCare Benefits Manual as the Department plans to consolidate all Home-Based Mental Health Treatment Services under a single MaineCare Section. This will allow the Department to better manage these services through clear and consistent program expectations and measurable performance outcomes. The preferred treatment modality is now offered under the MaineCare Benefits Manual Section 65, Mental Health Services. The repeal of this section is not intended to be an elimination of a service, but a consolidation of services.
See http://www.maine.gov/bms/rules/provider_rules_policies.htm for rules and related rulemaking documents.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 22 MRSA (42, (3173
PUBLIC HEARING: Date: October 3, 2007, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Location: Conference Room # 1A, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of MaineCare Services, 442 Civic Center Drive, Augusta, ME. Any interested party requiring special arrangements to attend the hearing must contact the agency person listed below before September 28, 2007.
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: Comments must be received by midnight October 14, 2007.
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Ginger Roberts, Comprehensive Health Planner, Office of MaineCare Services, 442 Civic Center Drive, 11 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-9365
FAX: (207) 287-9369
TTY: 1 (800) 423-4331 or (207) 287-1828 (Deaf or Hard of Hearing)



AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Health and Human Services, Office of MaineCare Services
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual: Ch. II and III Section 65, Mental Health Services
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2007-P221
CONCISE SUMMARY: Chapter II adds language to allow the Department to prior authorize services, add co-occurring services The proposed rule deletes Sections Section 65A02G Children's Family and Community Support Services and Section 65A02H Children’s Behavioral Health Services.
The Department also made other routine and technical corrections. Chapter III adds and deletes coding for billing purposes.
See http://www.maine.gov/bms/rules/provider_rules_policies.htm for rules and related rulemaking documents.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 22 MRSA (42, (3173, and any other applicable statutes.
PUBLIC HEARING: Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2007, 8:30-10:30 a.m.. Location: Conference Room # 1A and 1B, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of MaineCare Services, 442 Civic Center Drive, Augusta, ME. Any interested party requiring special arrangements to attend the hearing must contact the agency person listed below before September 28, 2007.
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: Comments must be received by midnight October 14, 2007.
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Ginger Roberts, Comprehensive Health Planner, Office of MaineCare Services, 442 Civic Center Drive, 11 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-9365
FAX: (207) 287-9369
TTY: 1 (800) 423-4331 or (207) 287-1828 (Deaf or Hard of Hearing)


ADOPTIONS



AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Integrated Access and Support
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. #301, Food Stamp Certification Manual, Rev. #154E: Increase in Income Limits, Maximum Allotments, Standard Deduction, and Excess Shelter Deduction
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2007-378
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Department has adopted this Emergency Food Stamps Rule to immediately adjust income limits, maximum allotments, and certain deductions that are used when calculating Food Stamp eligibility. The federal government requires Maine to begin using these new standards by October 1, or face sanctions that could threaten the ability of low income Maine residents from accessing federal Food Stamp benefits to which they are entitled.
This policy reflects the annual Food Stamp increases in income limits, maximum monthly benefits, the standard deduction for households of four or more, and the excess shelter deduction.
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2007
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Robert Thibodeau, Food Stamp Program Manager, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Integrated Access and Support, 11 State House Station, 268 Whitten Road, Augusta, ME 04333-0011
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-5054
TTY: (800) 606-0215