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October 7, 2009

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. There is also a list of rule-making liaisons, who are single points of contact for each agency.


PROPOSALS


AGENCY: 03-201 - Department of Corrections
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 15, Batterer’s Intervention Program Certification
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2009-P248
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Maine Department of Corrections is proposing to repeal and replace the existing standards for the certification of batterer intervention programs pursuant to 19-A MRSA, Section 4014 (1) to revise the Standards as a result of the 2009 biannual review. The Maine Department of Corrections developed the proposed rules in consultation with the Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse in accordance with the provisions of 19-A MRSA §4014(1). The proposed revisions to the Batterer Intervention Standards will result in improved operation of the Batterer Intervention Programs.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 19-A MRSA §4014(1)
PUBLIC HEARING: October 30, 2009, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., Department of Corrections Central Office (Tyson Conference Room), 25 Tyson Drive, Augusta, ME 04333
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: November 13, 2009
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Esther Riley, Department of Corrections, State House Station #111, Augusta, ME 04333
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-4681
E-MAIL: Esther.Riley@Maine.gov
URL: http://www.maine.gov/corrections/



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 68, Occupational Therapy Services
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2009-P249
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Office of MaineCare Services is proposing changes to the MaineCare Benefits Manual, Ch. II and III, Section 68, Occupational Therapy Services. These changes seek to:
1.change the definition of “maintenance therapy” to allow medically necessary occupational therapy services if the services prevent a member from suffering a significant decline in function that would result in an extended length of stay or placement in an institutional hospital setting;
2.replace local billing codes with HIPAA compliant code;
3. adjust rates in a budget neutral fashion to match new billing codes;
4. remove “Collateral Contacts” as a billable service upon MIHMS go live; and
5. propose other structural, administrative and grammatical changes.
See http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oms/rules/provider_rules_policies.html for rules and related rulemaking documents.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 22 MRSA §42, §3173, §3174-FF
PUBLIC HEARING: October 26, 2009, 9:00 a.m., Conference Room 4, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of MaineCare Services, 442 Civic Center Drive, Augusta, ME 04330. Any interested party requiring special arrangements to attend the hearing must contact the agency person listed below before October 19, 2009.
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: Comments must be received by midnight November 6, 2009.
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Derrick Grant, Comprehensive Health Planner, Office of MaineCare Services, 442 Civic Center Drive, 11 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-6427
FAX: (207) 287-9369
TTY: 1 (800) 423-4331 or (207) 287-1828 (Deaf or Hard of Hearing)
E-MAIL: Derrick.Grant@Maine.gov



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 85, Physical Therapy Services
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2009-P250
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Office of MaineCare Services is proposing changes to the MaineCare Benefits Manual, Ch. II and III, Section 85, Physical Therapy Services. These changes seek to:
1. change the definition of “maintenance therapy” to allow medically necessary occupational therapy services if the services prevent a member from suffering a significant decline in function that would result in an extended length of stay or placement in an institutional hospital setting;
2. replace local billing codes with HIPAA compliant code;
3. adjust rates in a budget neutral fashion to match new billing codes;
4. remove “Collateral Contacts” as a billable service upon MIHMS go live; and
5. propose other structural, administrative and grammatical changes.
See http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oms/rules/provider_rules_policies.html for rules and related rulemaking documents.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 22 MRSA§42, §3173, §3174-FF
PUBLIC HEARING: October 26, 2009, 1:00 p.m., Conference Room 4, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of MaineCare Services, 442 Civic Center Drive, Augusta, ME 04330. Any interested party requiring special arrangements to attend the hearing must contact the agency person listed below before October 19, 2009.
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: Comments must be received by midnight November 6, 2009.
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Derrick Grant, Comprehensive Health Planner, Office of MaineCare Services, 442 Civic Center Drive, 11 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-6427
FAX: (207) 287-9369
TTY: 1 (800) 423-4331 or (207) 287-1828 (Deaf or Hard of Hearing)
E-MAIL: Derrick.Grant@Maine.gov



AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Integrated Access and Support
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 301, Food Supplement Program, Proposed Policy #167P: Increase In Income Limits, Maximum Allotments, Standard Deductions, And Excess Shelter Deduction
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2009-P251
CONCISE SUMMARY: This policy reflects the annual increases in income limits, maximum monthly benefits, the standard deduction for all household sizes, and the excess shelter deduction. This rule is not expected to fiscally impact municipal or county budgets and will not impose new burdens on small businesses.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 MRSA §8054, 22 MRSA §§ 42 and 3104; Title IV, Food, Energy and Conservation Act of 2008, P.L. 110-246; and 7 CFR 273.10(e)(4)
PUBLIC HEARING: None scheduled unless requested by 5 or more people.
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: November 6, 2009
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Karen L. Curtis, Food Supplement Program Manager, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Integrated Access and Support, 11 State House Station, 442 Civic Center Drive, Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-7118
TTY: (800) 606-0215 (Deaf/Hard of Hearing)
E-MAIL: Karen.L.Curtis@Maine.gov
URL: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/OIAS/snap/index.html



AGENCY: 13-188 - Department of Marine Resources
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 8.20(N), Landings Program, Harvester Reporting, Lobster Harvest
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2009-P252
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Department of Marine Resources proposes to add the “number of strings hauled” to the reporting in accordance with Ch. 8.20(N)(A) required of lobster harvesters. The purpose would be to improve data collected on gear configurations for use in vertical line density estimates, for the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan, and compliance with the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP). An electronic copy of the entire Ch. 8 Landings Program rules is available online at: http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/13/188/188c008.doc and a copy of the ACCSP protocol is available online at http://www.accsp.org/cfstandards.htm).
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Sarah Cotnoir (tel: 207-624-6596)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 12 MRSA §6171, §6173
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 25.09, Procedure for Issuing Seed Lobster Permits, and Ch. 25.90(A)(2) & (D)(2) citation correction
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2009-P253
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Department of Marine Resources proposes administrative and logistical updates to the Seed Lobster Program regulations. Proposed amendments would include changing the program season to January 1 to November 30; disbursement of funds after December 1; repeal the requirement for applicants to supply an estimate; establish an application deadline; change the seed lobster purchase price to be based on the DMR Landings Program data collected from the previous year; plus technical clarifications in the terms. The proposed amendments have been reviewed by and are supported by the Lobster Advisory Council as noted in the minutes of their most recent meetings. Also, two citations in section 90 would be corrected.
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Deirdre Gilbert (207-624-6576)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 12 MRSA §6171, §6451
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 105, Safety Regulations
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2009-P254
CONCISE SUMMARY: Safety training requirements are proposed for scallop and urchin divers and their tenders. Basic safety training relating to diver injuries and emergency procedures in the event these persons are first responders to such situations would be required. Cardio-Pulmonary Response (CPR) and First Aid would be required of divers and tenders; plus a department Diving Safety Course for new tenders would also be required. Proof of a current, non-expired, CPR and First Aid training would be required for both divers and tenders at time of license renewal. Persons acting as a tender under a new license category must possess proof of their required training per 12 MRS §6533 upon request by enforcement officials.
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Cathy Fetterman (207-624-6571)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 12 M.R.S. §6533, §6176
PUBLIC HEARINGS: Mon, Oct 26, 2009, **6:00 p.m., Natural Resource Service Center, 6 Beech Street, Hallowell (access via the rear entrance)
**Public hearings for the 3 proposed rules above will be held in chronological order. The second hearing will be held immediately upon the conclusion of the previous hearing, etc.
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 22, Retail Shellfish (New), & Ch. 9.01(D), Update
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2009-P255
CONCISE SUMMARY: Regulations for holders of an enhanced retail seafood license (12 MRS §6852, sub-§2, effective September 12, 2009) are proposed for traceability of shellfish via record keeping, landings reporting, temperature control, and prevention of cross contamination, tag retention, non-compliance consequences, and inspection in accordance with the Maine Food Code, the National Shellfish Sanitation Program (Model Ordinance), the Atlantic States Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program and DMR Landings Program. Compliance with the Landings Program would require obtaining a no-cost Primary Buyer Permit; and the inspections would apply only to those not already inspected by other agencies.
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Bruce Chamberlain (207 557-3557)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 12 MRSA §6852
PUBLIC HEARING: Tues., Oct. 27, 2009, 6:00 p.m., DMR Large Conf Rm, 194 McKown Pt Rd, West Boothbay Harbor
THESE RULES WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
DEADLINE FOR WRITTEN COMMENTS: November 6, 2009. To ensure consideration, comments must include your name and the organization you represent, if any. Be aware that any risk of non-delivery associated with submissions by fax or e-mail is on the sender.
MAIL WRITTEN COMMENTS TO: DMR, attn L Churchill, PO Box 8, West Boothbay Harbor ME 04575-0008
WEB SITE: www.maine.gov/dmr/rulemaking/
E-MAIL: Laurice.Churchill@Maine.gov
FAX: (207) 633-9579
TTY: (207) 633-9500 (Deaf/Hard of Hearing). Hearing facilities: If you require accommodations due to disability, please contact Amanda Beckwith, at (207) 287-7578.


ADOPTIONS



AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Health and Human Services, Office of MaineCare Services
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual: Ch. III Section 67, Principles of Reimbursement for Nursing Facilities
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2004-504
CONCISE SUMMARY: These rules adopt methodology for the case mix index, the direct care cost component, and the routine cost component in order for the nursing facilities to be properly reimbursed. As a result of public comment, two changes were made to the methodology used to calculate upper limits for the direct care and routine cost components. Specifically, the peer group upper limit for the direct care and routine cost components are now based on the median base year cost per day multiplied by 89.185% as opposed to the 87.122% in the proposed rule. This change will be made retroactive to July 1, 2009. In addition, the Department is adopting a new reimbursement methodology for remote island nursing facilities. These rules are necessary to ensure continued MaineCare funding for nursing facility services provided to the medically fragile residents of Maine.
See http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oms/rules/provider_rules_policies.html for rules and related rulemaking documents.
EFFECTIVE DATE: September 28, 2009
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Alyssa Morrison, Health Planner, Division of Policy, 442 Civic Center Drive, 11 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-9342
FAX: (207) 287-9369
TTY: 1 (800) 423-4331 or (207) 287-1828 (Deaf/Hard of Hearing)
E-MAIL: Alyssa.Morrison@Maine.gov



AGENCY: 10-149 - Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Elder Services
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: 10-149 C.M.R. Ch. 5 - Office of Elder Services Policy Manual, Section 63 (In- home and Community Support Services); and Section 69 (Office of Elder Services Independent Support Services).
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2009-505
CONCISE SUMMARY: These rules will make permanent the changes to Sections 63 and 69 that were adopted on an emergency basis, effective July 1, 2009. These rules are necessary to prevent a loss of services for consumers who were affected by the July 1, 2009 repeal of Section 6 of the MaineCare Benefits Manual (Assisted Living Services). The Department has added Level V as a new level of eligibility for personal care services under Section 63 of the OES Policy Manual which requires assistance with medication administration and/or physical assistance with ADL and IADL needs as the basis for eligibility and does not require the use of the Home Care Coordination Agency. The rules allow for assisted living providers who have a contract with OES to bill for these services as well as for homemaker services under Section 69 of the OES Policy Manual
See http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oes for rules and related rulemaking documents.
EFFECTIVE DATE: September 28, 2009
AGENCY CONTACT: Elizabeth Gattine, Office of Elder Services, 442 Civic Center Drive, 11 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
TELEPHONE: (207)-287-9200
FAX: (207) 287-9229
TTY: 1 (800) 606-0215 (Deaf/Hard of Hearing)
E-MAIL: Elizabeth.Gattine@Maine.gov



AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Health and Human Services, Office of MaineCare Services
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual: Ch. III Section 22, Home and Community Benefits for the Physically Disabled
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2009-506
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Department adopts Ch. III, Section 22, Home and Community Benefits for the Physically Disabled for purposes of increasing the attendant care services rate. This rate increase results from funds that were formerly reimbursed with all State dollars and will now receive Federal match. This rate change is retroactive to July 1, 2009.
See http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oms/rules/provider_rules_policies.html for rules and related rulemaking documents.
EFFECTIVE DATE: November 1, 2009
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Alyssa Morrison, Health Planner, Division of Policy, 442 Civic Center Drive, 11 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
TELEPHONE: (207)-287-9342 FAX: (207) 287-9369
TTY: 1 (800) 423-4331 or (207) 287-1828 (Deaf/Hard of Hearing)
E-MAIL: Alyssa.Morrison@Maine.gov


AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Health and Human Services, Office of MaineCare Services
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual: Ch. II & III Section 62, Genetic Testing and Clinical Genetic Services
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2009-507
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Department gives notice of a final repeal of a rule: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Ch. II & III, Section 62, Genetic Testing and Clinical Genetic Services. The Department is repealing this section of the MaineCare Benefits Manual to simplify the billing for this service and to repeal outdated clinical provisions currently in Section 62, Genetic Testing and Clinical Genetic Services.
Currently the majority of genetic services are being billed under Sections 90 and 55 of the MaineCare Benefits Manual. Providers who were currently billing under Section 62 will now bill under Sections 90, Physicians Services and 55, Laboratory Services, as appropriate. No services are being reduced as a result of this rulemaking.
See http://www.maine.gov/bms/rules/provider_rules_policies.htm for rules and related rulemaking documents.
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2009
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON:Nicole Rooney, Health Planner, Division of Policy and Performance, 442 Civic Center Drive, 11 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
TELEPHONE: (207)-287-4460
FAX: (207) 287-9369
TTY: 1 (800) 423-4331 or (207) 287-1828 (Deaf/Hard of Hearing)
E-MAIL: Nicole.Rooney@Maine.gov



AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Health and Human Services, Office of MaineCare Services
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual: Ch. II Section 80, Pharmacy Services
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2009-508
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Department of Health and Human Services is adopting MaineCare Benefits Manual, Ch II Section 80, Pharmacy Services. The adopted rules edit the definition of the Maine Maximum Allowable Cost as a result of savings initiatives. This rule also removes language in 80.05-3 (b), which allowed reimbursement for B-12 for documented pernicious anemia or megaloblastic anemia drugs for the conditions described and when the prescriber has written the diagnosis on the prescription. Finally, the Department is adding section 80.04-3, Academic Detailing Committee, to comply with 22 MRSA Section 2685. The Committee will provide evidence-based education and outreach, improve quality measures and encourage better communication between the Department and health care professionals to reduce health complications and unnecessary cost associated with inappropriate drug prescribing. The Department also made other structural, administrative, grammatical and clarifying changes within this rulemaking.
See http://www.maine.gov/bms/rules/provider_rules_policies.htm for rules and related rulemaking documents.
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2009
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Nicole Rooney, Health Planner, Division of Policy and Performance, 442 Civic Center Drive, 11 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
TELEPHONE: (207)-287-4460
FAX: (207) 287-9369
TTY: 1 (800) 423-4331 or (207) 287-1828 (Deaf/Hard of Hearing)
E-MAIL: Nicole.Rooney@Maine.gov



AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Health and Human Services, Office of MaineCare Services
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual: Ch. II & III Section 7, Free-Standing Dialysis Services
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2009-509
CONCISE SUMMARY: The adopted rule is a new Section of MaineCare Benefits Manual. Currently, providers of dialysis services are billing MaineCare under Section 90, Physician Services. The Physician Services rule does not contain any policy pertaining to dialysis services. This new rule is a stand-alone policy for dialysis providers with its own definitions; covered services, including renal dialysis, prescribed drugs, and training for home dialysis; eligibility requirements; reimbursement; limitations; and billing instructions.
See http://www.maine.gov/bms/rules/provider_rules_policies.htm for rules and related rulemaking documents.
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2009
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Nicole Rooney, Health Planner, Division of Policy and Performance, 442 Civic Center Drive, 11 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-4460
FAX: (207) 287-9369
TTY: 1 (800) 423-4331 or (207) 287-1828 (Deaf/Hard of Hearing)
E-MAIL: Nicole.Rooney@Maine.gov



AGENCY: 02-392 - Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Office of Licensing and Registration, Maine Board of Pharmacy
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 1, Definitions; Ch. 4-A, Administration of Drugs and Immunizations
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2009-510 and 511
CONCISE SUMMARY: The board adopted emergency rules to implement PL 2009, c. 308, which permits pharmacists to administer flu and other immunizations.
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2009
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Geraldine Betts, Board Administrator, Office of Licensing and Registration, 35 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333
E-MAIL: Geraldine.L.Betts@Maine.gov
TELEPHONE: (207) 624-8625
URL: http://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/pharmacy/



AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Health and Human Services, Office of MaineCare Services
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual: Ch. II & III Section 17, Community Support Services
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2009-512
CONCISE SUMMARY: The final rules permanently adopt emergency rules were in effect 7/1/09. A new service was established called Community Rehabilitation Services that took the place of Section 97, Private Non Medical Institution rules, scattered site PNMIs for persons with severe and persistent mental illness. This service is billed on a per diem basis using a HIPAA compliant code to comply with certification requirements for the new payment system, Maine Integrated Health Management System (MIMHS).
Additionally, the final rule removed the Global Assessment of Functioning Score (GAF) and replaced it with Level of Care Utilization System (LOCUS) used to determine eligibility for Section 17 services. This was part of a budget initiative estimated to save $ 1,683,730.00 SFY 10 and $ 1,910,941.00 SFY11 in the general fund. The enhanced FMAP may alter the actual final savings.
The final rule also defined requirements for Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), including a HIPAA compliant per diem code (H0040) that will be effective when the new MaineCare claims payments system, Maine Integrated Health Management System (MIMHS) begins processing claims. Providers will be notified thirty (30) days in advance of the change.
The code for Intensive Case Management (ICM) was changed to a HIPAA compliant code (H0023) that is currently being used in Section 65, Behavioral Health Services ( but being phased out) that will be effective when the new MaineCare claims payments system, Maine Integrated Health Management System (MIMHS) begins processing claims. Providers will be notified thirty (30) days in advance of the change.
Other routine technical changes in response to comments were also made in the final rule. Other than providers of these specific services, this rule is not expected to fiscally impact or create new recording burdens for other small businesses and is not expected to yield new costs for municipal or county governments.
See http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oms/rules/provider_rules_policies.html for rules and related rulemaking documents.
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2009
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Ginger Roberts-Scott, Comprehensive Health Planner, Division of Policy and Performance 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/Hard of Hearing)
E-MAIL: Ginger.Roberts-Scott@Maine.gov



AGENCY: 19-100 - Department of Economic and Community Development
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 450, Rules for the Maine Technology Centers
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2009-513
CONCISE SUMMARY: Repeals existing Ch. 450 and replaces it with a new rule which defines the policies under which the Technology Centers will operate, and establishes the process and criteria under which annual grants will be awarded by the Office of Innovation. Technology Centers are established to support the early-stage development of technology-based businesses and will provide one-on-one technical assistance, peer networks, classroom or other training on technology commercialization and the management of high-growth enterprises, mentorship programs and other networking opportunities.
EFFECTIVE DATE: September 30, 2009
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Catherine Renault, Office of Innovation, Department of Economic and Community Development, 59 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0059
TELEPHONE: (207) 624-9801
E-MAIL: Catherine.S.Renault@Maine.gov
WEB SITE: www.maineinnovation.com



AGENCY: 10-144 - Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Integrated Access and Support
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 332, MaineCare Eligibility Manual: Rev. #252-E, Cub Care Work Related Expense
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2009-514 (Emergency)
CONCISE SUMMARY: Maine’s State Children’s Health Insurance Program covers uninsured children whose family’s income is less than or equal to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. An unintended consequence of the differences between this Title XXI program of the Social Security Act and Maine’s Medicaid program under Title XIX of the Social Security Act produced an anomaly which resulted in some Caretaker/Relatives/ Parents being eligible for Medicaid when the children in the family were not eligible for either Medicaid or Maine’s State Children’s Health Insurance Program. A change in an income disregard in the SCHIP program will create a more seamless eligibility process for both programs and rectify some irregularity that provided for the parents without providing for the children.
EFFECTIVE DATE: September 1, 2009
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Bethany Hamm, MaineCare Program Manager, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Integrated Access and Support, 11 State House Station, 442 Civic Center Drive, Augusta ME 04333-0011
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-4076
TTY: (800) 606-0215
E-MAIL: Bethany.Hamm@Maine.gov
URL: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/OIAS/



AGENCY: 01-001 - Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 36, Maine Farms for the Future Program
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2009-515
CONCISE SUMMARY: This chapter amends the rules governing administration of the Maine Farms for the Future program. The amendment clarifies the eligibility requirements, criteria and use of funds for the business plan development and investment support programs.
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 3, 2009
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Jane Aiudi, Director, 28 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-9072
E-MAIL: Jane.Aiudi@Maine.gov



AGENCY: 06-096 - Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Quality Control
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 100, Definitions Regulation
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2009-516
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Board of Environmental Protection adopted amendments to Ch. 100 which amended the definition of volatile organic compound (VOC) to exclude three compounds that were recently “delisted” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) because they are only negligibly reactive, meaning that they contribute little or nothing to the formation of ozone. These compounds include: 1,1,1,2,2,3,4,5,5,5,-decaflouro-3-methoxy-4-trflouromethyl-pentane (known as HFE-7300, or L-14787, or C2F5CF(OCH3)CF(CF3)2); dimethyl carbonate; and propylene carbonate. Copies of this rule are available upon request by contacting the Agency contact person listed below or on the DEP website at www.maine.gov/dep/air/regulations/recentlyadopted.htm.
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 4, 2009
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Jeffrey Crawford, Bureau of Air Quality Control, 17 State House Station, Augusta, Me 04333
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-2437
E-MAIL: Jeff.S.Crawford@Maine.gov
URL: http://www.maine.gov/dep/air/



AGENCY: 10-148 - Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child and Family Services
CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 6, Child Care Subsidy Rules
ADOPTED RULE NUMBER: 2009-517
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Child Care Subsidy Rules are the basis for determining eligibility for a Child Care Subsidy. This Subsidy will to help pay the costs of child care for income-eligible parents who are working or attending an educational program. The Rules define the documentation required to determine eligibility, attendance requirements, how the parent fee is computed, and the reporting requirements. Maine provides child care subsidy through child care vouchers managed by DHHS and through contracts with community agencies that provide child care.
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 4, 2009
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Patti Woolley, DHHS, 2 Anthony Avenue, Office of Child and Family Services, State House Station #11, Augusta, Maine 04333
TELEPHONE: (207) 624-7901
E-MAIL: Patti.Wooley@Maine.gov
URL: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/