A mailing went out last week with Dick’s reflections on the last legislative session. You can view all of Dick’s reflection’s here.
Senator Woodbury introduced LD 1393, An Act To Encourage Entrepreneurial Investment in Maine, last session. This bill proposes to encourage entrepreneurial investment in Maine in a manner that emphasizes Maine’s strengths, focuses on the dynamics of the future economy, envisions Maine’s role in a global economy, expands access in Maine to cutting-edge technology, recognizes the importance of small businesses and research organizations as entrepreneurial incubators and emphasizes the advantages of Maine as a healthy and clean environment for families as well as for businesses.
The bill has been carried over to the next session where the Joint Select Committee on Maine’s Workforce and Economic Future will continue to discuss it. This bill’s vision is well reflected in a February 2013 Portland Press Herald editorial.
Senator Woodbury sponsored LD 990, An Act To Require Public Disclosure of Health Care Prices. This bill requires health care practitioners to maintain and make available to clients a price list of their most frequently provided services and procedures. The prices stated are the prices charged to a patient when there is no insurance coverage or when reimbursement by an insurance company is denied.
This bill was passed the Legislature and signed by the Governor. The Act takes effect January 1, 2014.
Additionally, Senator Woodbury was also appointed to the Commission to Study Transparency, Costs, and Accountability of Health Care System Financing.