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For Immediate Release

Date: 01/18/11

Rep. Sirocki takes post on Health and Human Services panel

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 some insight into the health issues facing Maine people," she said. "I'm looking forward to working with my colleagues in the Legislature and representing the people of Maine on the important issues that will come before us. Overall, the Legislature is expected to see more than 2,000 bills in this first year, so we know the action will be intense. It's going to be interesting and educational."

The Health and Human Services Committee has one of the broadest jurisdictional charters in the Legislature. It oversees the huge Department of Health and Human Services; MaineCare, Medicaid, and Medicare Part D; children's welfare and mental health services; disease control; prescription drugs; social and rehabilitation services; substance abuse; mental health; disabilities; poverty, homelessness and public assistance.

The committee's purview also extends to home and community-based long-term care; aging, elderly and disability issues; medical use of marijuana; maternal and infant health; and nursing facilities and residential care.

The Maine Legislature has 16 joint standing committees, each composed of 13 members - three senators and 10 members of the House. Every committee has jurisdiction over clearly defined parts of state government. ###

Rep. Sirocki is active in her community as a member of the Casco Bay Dental Hygiene Study Club and president of The Gym Dandies, a children's circus group. ###

Jay Finegan
Maine House Republicans
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