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Rep. Carol McElwee In the News

In Partisan Vote, Dems Move Medicaid Expansion Through Committee

March 6, 2014

AUGUSTA - Majority Democrats on the Maine Legislature's Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee late Thursday afternoon voted in favor of LD 1578, the bill to expand Medicaid to able-bodied adults under ObamaCare. All five of the committee's Republican lawmakers voted against the controversial measure.

The vote comes as a general consensus forms around the eventual defeat of the expansion bill after a certain veto from Governor Paul LePage. Most observers agree that Democrats lack the...

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Sparks Fly: HHS Committee Votes Out Expansion Bill

March 3, 2014

AUGUSTA - The Maine Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee on Monday voted on party lines to approve a measure that would expand medical welfare to over 70,000 able-bodied adults while promising to implement managed care in the Medicaid system. Republicans opposed the proposal while Democrats supported it.

Rep. Carol McElwee (R-Caribou), an initial supporter of the expansion measure and member of the committee, voted against the bill, citing opposition both to managed care and ...

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Public Hearing Held for Bill to Bring Telemedicine to Seniors, Jobs to Caribou

February 12, 2014

AUGUSTA - State Representative Carol McElwee (R-Caribou)'s bill to add "telemedicine" to the list of services covered under MaineCare, the state's Medicaid program, received a public hearing before the Maine Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee Wednesday.

Telemedicine is the use of phones or video conferencing to allow patients to receive health care from home without a doctor's visit. Patients may apply monitoring devices so that health care professionals can remotely mea...

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Caribou Survey: Welfare Reform Number One Issue Facing Maine

December 30, 2013

AUGUSTA - State Representative Carol McElwee of Caribou has released the compiled results of her survey of Caribou residents on recent state policies. She mailed the questionnaire to each household in her Caribou district.

"As a state representative in my first term, it's so important for me to find out what really matters to my friends and neighbors in Caribou," said McElwee. "I'm always glad to see an email from a fellow Caribou resident sharing a concern, an idea, or even the occasio...

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HHS Committee Republicans to Dems: Where Are Your Ideas?

December 10, 2013

AUGUSTA - Republican members of the legislature's Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday called on Democrats to offer their own alternatives to hiring an outside firm to identify savings in Maine's welfare system. The committee met Tuesday to discuss the Department of Health and Human Services' contract with an outside firm, among other items.

"Time will tell the effectiveness of the welfare auditing firm, but if Democrats are going to criticize it, I want to hear what their alterna...

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Caribou Rep. McElwee's Telemedicine Bill for Seniors Moves Forward

November 8, 2013

AUGUSTA - State Representative Carol McElwee (R-Caribou)'s bill to add telemedicine to the list of services covered under MaineCare, the state's Medicaid program, has been approved by legislative leadership for consideration in next year's session.

Telemedicine is the use of phones or video conferencing to allow patients to receive health care from home without a doctor's visit. Patients may apply monitoring devices so that health care professionals can remotely measure vital signs and m...

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Military Recruiter Bills Spark Fiery Debate in Maine House

June 4, 2013

AUGUSTA - The House on Tuesday took up two bills concerning military recruiters in public schools. The first, LD 1502, requires that public high schools allow recruiters to administer the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test to students who elect to take it. Under the bill, recruiters, not school staff, would take the time to administer the test, which would remain voluntary for the students.

That bill was rejected mostly along party lines, 74-68. Majority Democrats ...

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Rep. Wallace sworn in as Legislature's newest member

November 30, 2011

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November 21, 2011

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Ray Wallace sworn in as Legislature's newest member

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Ray Wallace was sworn into office today by Governor Paul LePage after winning a special election to fill a vacant seat in House District 24.

Rep. Wallace (R-Dexter) said he was motivated to run for office by the reform agenda championed by the Republican majorities in the House and Senate...

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Health insurance reform clears initial hurdle in Maine House

May 5, 2011

AUGUSTA - Landmark legislation to revamp Maine's health insurance market cleared a critical hurdle today in the House of Representatives by a vote of 76-72. The measure, designed to generate more competition and bring rates closer to national norms, now moves to the Senate. Final enactment votes in both bodies could come as early as next week.

"The people of our state are the winners today," said House Speaker Robert Nutting. "For years, reasonable proposals to fix a dysfunctional health insur...

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