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Rep. Heather Sirocki 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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Taxpayers Come Out in Force Against Medicaid Expansion

January 15, 2014

AUGUSTA - The Maine Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday held a public hearing on LD 1578, the bill to force the state to help fund an expansion of medical welfare to at least 70,000 able-bodied adults under ObamaCare.

The committee heard testimony in cyclesfive proponents followed by five opponents, repeated. As of 1:00 PM, after beginning at 9:00 AM, members of the public opposing welfare expansion were still matching testimony with those in favor of it, inc...

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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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Constituent Survey: Scarborough Wants State to Control Spending, Reform Welfare, Attract Jobs

November 8, 2013

AUGUSTA - State Representative Heather Sirocki (R-Scarborough) recently released the results of her annual constituent survey, which she mails to each household in her Scarborough district. The nine-question, multiple-choice survey with space for comments asked residents for their views on various issues relating to state policy.

"I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to fill out and return these questionnaires," said Rep. Sirocki. "They give me a very good idea of where my neigh...

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Governor Signs Lyme Disease Awareness Bill

June 25, 2013

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul LePage on Tuesday signed LD 597, a bill to combat Lyme disease by providing for better patient information resources. House Republican members Rep. Deborah Sanderson of Chelsea, Rep. Heather Sirocki of Scarborough, and Rep. David Johnson of Eddington worked closely with the bill's sponsor, Rep. Sheryl Briggs of Mexico to ensure its passage.

Rep. Johnson, who suffers from Lyme disease, was one of five House Republican cosponsors of the bill. "I'm glad to see this ...

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GOP Rep. Proposes Amendments to Remove Neediest Mainers from DHHS Waitlists

June 11, 2013

AUGUSTA - In anticipation of another vote on LD 1066, the Medicaid expansion measure, Rep. Deborah Sanderson (R-Chelsea), has introduced two floor amendments to require that funding be provided to take 3,100 elderly and disabled Mainers off of MaineCare waitlists and give them the care for which they are eligible.

"I would like to know when our elderly and disabled will stop getting shoved to the back of the line so that young, able-bodied people can get free health insurance," said Sander...

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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. Heather Sirocki posts perfect voting record

June 27, 2012

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Heather Sirocki, a first-term legislator from Scarborough, compiled a perfect voting record during the 125th Legislature, voting on all 369 roll call votes held in the House. Only 19 representatives out of 151 achieved a 100 percent record.

"I take my duty of voting very seriously," said Rep. Sirocki, who serves on the Health and Human Services Committee. "The citizens of my district expect me to be their voice in Augusta. Legislators have many duties, including a lot ...

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Independent practice hygienists cleared to take dental x-rays

April 18, 2012

AUGUSTA - Independent practice dental hygienists will soon be able to take X-rays and own radiograph equipment under a bill signed into law recently by Governor LePage. The X-rays must be read by a dentist within 21 days.

"Maine has a significant and growing shortage of dental care," said State Rep. Heather Sirocki (R-Scarborough), who co-sponsored the enabling legislation, LD 1891. "In Maine, the primary reason for visits to emergency departments is dental pain. The cost runs into millions...

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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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Rep. Sirocki takes post on Health and Human Services panel

January 18, 2011

AUGUSTA -- State Rep. Heather Sirocki has been appointed to the Legislature's high profile Health and Human Services Committee, putting her in position to shape policy in a number of critical areas, including MaineCare, mental health and disability issues.

Rep. Sirocki (R-Scarborough), a first-term legislator, said she is honored to be named to one of the most important committees in the Legislature.

"My background in the dental health field as a registered dental hygienist gives me s...

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