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Dirigo Health  
Last updated: August 2019

Introduction

Enacted in 2003, the Dirigo Health Act created a voluntary health care plan designed to give employers with fewer than 50 employees, the self-employed, and individuals an affordable option for the purchase of private health coverage. As a result of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Dirigo Health was discontinued in 2013. The Maine Quality Forum, which is "responsible for monitoring and improving the quality of health care in the State of Maine", continues to operate.

This legislative history includes laws that have enacted and amended 24-A MRS §§6901-6981.


 


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2003 LD 1611

An Act To Provide Affordable Health Insurance to Small Businesses and Individuals and To Control Health Care Costs
Enacted with amendments:

H-565
S-288

PL 2003, c. 469 Enacted:
24-A MRS §§6901-6915
24-A MRS §§6951-6952
24-A MRS §6971
House, May 12, 2003
p. H-566

House, May 12, 2003
p. H-568

House, June 12, 2003
p. H-980-H-995

Senate, June 12, 2003
p. S-970-S-972

House, June 13, 2003
p. H-1002-H-1003
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

Report: 
Governor's Office of Health Policy & Finance. Maine's State Health Plan (July 2004)

Report: 
Commission to Study Maine's Hospitals. Report to the Legislature (Feb. 2005)

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2003 Revisor's Report N/A RR 2003, c. 1, §22 Amended:
24-A MRS §6910(3)
No debate. N/A N/A
2005 LD 1577

An Act To Modify the Calculation and Implementation Date of Savings Offset Payments under the Dirigo Health Act
Enacted with amendments:

H-687
S-359




PL 2005, c. 400 Enacted:
24-A MRS §6903(4-A)
24-A MRS §6908(12)
24-A MRS §6913(10)

Amended:
24-A MRS §6903(12), (13)
24-A MRS §6906
24-A MRS §6908(1)(C)
24-A MRS §6908(2)(C-F)
24-A MRS §6908(6)
24-A MRS §6910
24-A MRS §6911

24-A MRS §6912, 1st para.
24-A MRS §6912(2), (6)
24-A MRS §6913(8)(A)
24-A MRS §6914
24-A MRS §6971(2), (3)

Repealed and Replaced:
24-A MRS §6913(1), (2), (3)

Repealed:
24-A MRS §6903(4)
24-A MRS §6913(4), (6)
Senate, June 10, 2005
p. S-1236-S-1244

House, June 14, 2005
p. H-996-H-1007

Senate, June 14, 2005
p. S-1268

House, June 15, 2005
p. H-1017-H-1018

House, May 24, 2005
p. H-1803
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2005 LD 1673

An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission to Study Maine's Community Hospitals
Enacted with amendments:

S-356
S-363
PL 2005, c. 394, §3 Enacted:
24-A MRS §6908(12)
Senate, June 10, 2005
p. S-1247
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

Report:
  Commission to Study Maine's Hospitals. Report to the Legislature (Feb. 2005)


News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2005 LD 1677

An Act to Make Supplemental Appropriations...for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2005, June 30, 2006 and June 30, 2007
Enacted with amendment:

H-673
PL 2005, c. 386, Pt. D-3 Amended:
24-A MRS §6915
House, June 10, 2005
p. H-969-H-972

House, June 10, 2005
p. H-976-H-977

Senate, June 10, 2005
p. S-1233-S-1234

Senate, June 10, 2005
p. S-1245-S-1246
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

Report:
 Final Report of the Commission to Reform the State Budget Process (Feb. 2006)

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2006 LD 2055

An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine
Enacted with amendments:

H-1085     H-1111
H-1101     H-1112
H-1102     H-1118
H-1103     H-1119
H-1110



PL 2005, c. 683, §§A-43, A-44, and B-20 Amended:
24-A MRS §6913(3)(E)
24-A MRS §6913(3)(G)

Reallocated:
24-A MRS §6908(12)
House, May 24, 2006
p. H-1813

House, May 24, 2006
p. H-1814-H-1815
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2006 LD 2097

An Act To Facilitate the Maine Quality Forum
Enacted with amendment:

H-1077
PL 2005, c. 615 Enacted:
24-A MRS §6903(13-A)
24-A MRS §6907(3)

Amended:
24-A MRS §6907
No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2007 LD 215

An Act to Make Supplemental Appropriations...for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2007
Enacted with amendment:

H-3
PL 2007, c. 1, Pt. X Amended:
24-A MRS §6913(1)(A)
24-A MRS §6913(2)(A)
House, February 8, 2007
p. H-118-H-119

Senate, February 8, 2007
p. S-145
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

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Yes
2007 LD 431

An Act To Enable the Dirigo Health Program To Be Self-administered
Enacted with amendments:

H-285
S-309

 PL 2007, c. 447 Enacted:
24-A MRS §6916
24-A MRS §6981

Amended:
24-A MRS §6903(1)
24-A MRS §6904
24-A MRS §6908(2)(E)
24-A MRS §6908(13)
24-A MRS §6909(2)(A)
24-A MRS §6910(1)

Repealed and Replaced:
24-A MRS §6905
House, May 22, 2007
p. H-553-H-556

Senate, May 24. 2007
p. S-744-S-751

Senate, June 14, 2007
p. S-1045

Senate, June 14, 2007
p. S-1050-S-1051
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

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Yes
2008 LD 2247

An Act To Continue Maine's Leadership in Covering the Uninsured
Enacted with amendments:

H-914
H-1013
S-640
S-644
PL 2007, c. 629

Parts D, E, and F were repealed by a People's Veto.
Enacted:
24-A MRS §6908(2)(H)

Amended:
24-A MRS §6908(1)(A)
24-A MRS §6908(2)(B)
24-A MRS §6908(2)(G)
24-A MRS §6951

Repealed:
24-A MRS §6908(2)(F)
24-A MRS §6912(4)
24-A MRS §6971
House, April 15, 2008
p. H-1590-H-1599

House, April 15, 2008
p. H-1613

House, April 15, 2008
p. H-1619

Senate, April 15, 2008
p. S-2013-S-2021

House, April 16, 2008
p. H-1643
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

Report: 
Final Report of the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services: Review of the Fund for a Healthy Maine (Oct. 1, 2008)

Report:
  Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services. Study of Allocations of the Fund for a Healthy Maine (Dec. 2015)

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2008 LD 2252

An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine
Enacted with amendments:

H-1036
H-1037
H-1038
H-1044
S-680
PL 2007, c. 695, Pt. L-1 Amended:
24-A MRS §6915
Senate, April 18, 2008
p. S-2108-S-2109
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2008 LD 2297

An Act To Establish a Method for Reporting Health Care-associated Infection Quality Data
N/A PL 2007, c. 594 Enacted:
24-A MRS §6951(10), (11)
No debate. N/A Yes
2009 LD 1254

An Act To Repeal Inactive Boards and Commissions
Enacted with amendments:

H-328
H-331
PL 2009, c. 369 §A-33 Amended:
24-A MRS §6981(2)
House, May 27, 2009
p. H-600
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2009 LD 1264

An Act To Stabilize Funding and Enable DirigoChoice To Reach More Uninsured
Enacted with amendment:

H-490

PL 2009, c. 359 Enacted:
24-A MRS §6917

Amended:
24-A MRS §6908(2)(B)
24-A MRS §6915
24-A MRS §6951

Repealed:
24-A MRS §6913
House, June 2, 2009
p. H-743-H-749

Senate, June 4, 2009
p. S-992-S-997

House, June 8, 2009
p. H-835
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

Report:
  State of Maine, Dirigo Health Agency. DirigoChoice Eligibility Changes (Oct. 5, 2009)


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Yes
2009 LD 1444

An Act To Protect Consumers and Small Business Owners from Rising Health Care Costs
Enacted with amendment:

S-219
PL 2009, c. 350 Amended:
24-A MRS §6951(4)
No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2011 LD 1043

An Act Making Unified Appropriations…Years Ending June 30, 2012 and June 30, 2013
Enacted with amendments:

H-620
H-636
S-324
PL 2011, c. 380 Amended:
24-A MRS §6914
24-A MRS §6917(1)
House, June 14, 2011
p. H-941-H-942

House, June 15, 2011
p. H-965-H-973

House, June 15, 2011
p. H-1000

Senate, June 15, 2011
p. S-1365-S-1378

House, June 16, 2011
p. H-1005-H-1007

House, June 16, 2011
p. H-1014

Senate, June 16, 2011
p. S-1388-S-1398
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

Report:
  Maine Economic Improvement Fund Annual Report (2011)

Report:  Recommendations on LD 1043, FY12-13 Budget Bill (Apr. 6, 2011)

Report:  Report to the Commissioner Mary Mayhew: The Future Role and Structure of the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center (Nov. 2011)

Report:  Report to the Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs in Accordance With Public Law Chapter 380, Part FF: Reorganization of the Maine State Planning Office (Dec. 1, 2011)

Report:  2011 Report Regarding the Land Use Mediation Program (Dec. 7, 2011)

Report:  Streamline and Prioritize Core Government Services Task Force. Final Report (Dec. 15, 2011)

Report:  New Pension Plan Design and Implementation Plan (Mar. 2012)

Report:  Public Law 2011, Chapter 380 Sec. PP-9: Report on the Impact of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program Reforms (Dec. 7, 2012)

Report:  Report on P.L. 2011, c. 657 - Retirement Plan Implementation (Jan. 15, 2013)

Report:  New State/Teacher Plan 2: New State/Teacher Retirement Plan Report to the Legislature: Proposed Legislation and Implementation Plan (May 6, 2013)


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Yes
2011 LD 1333

An Act To Modify Rating Practices for Individual and Small Group Health Plans and To Encourage Value-based Purchasing of Health Care Services
Enacted with amendments:

H-186
S-96
S-99
PL 2011, c. 90 Amended:
24-A MRS §6904(1)
24-A MRS §6952(7)(D)

Repealed:

24-A MRS §6951(8)
House, May 5, 2011
p. H-385-H-397

House, May 10, 2011
p. H-407-H-408

Senate, May 11, 2011
p. S-649-S-677

House, May 12, 2011
p. H-433-H-448

House, May 12, 2011
p. H-449-H-453

Senate, May 16, 2011
p. S-705-S-713

Senate, May 19, 2011
p. S-782

House, May 25, 2011
p. H-600

House, June 2, 2011
p. H-666

House, June 8, 2011
p. H-847

Senate, June 13, 2011
p. S-1292

House, June 29, 2011
p. H-1053

Senate, June 29, 2011
p. S-1476

Senate, March 22, 2012
p. S-1956

Senate, April 5, 2012
p. S-2122

Senate, April 10, 2012
p. S-2186

House, May 15, 2012
p. H-1552

Senate, May 16, 2012
p. S-2335
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

Report:
 Annual Report to Joint Standing Committee on Insurance and Financial Services (Mar. 15, 2012)

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Yes
2011 LD 1816

An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Streamline and Prioritize Core Government Services Task Force for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2012 and June 30, 2013 and To Make Certain Other Allocations and Appropriations and Changes to the Law Necessary to the Operation of State Government
Enacted with amendment:

H-707
PL 2011, c. 477, Pt. Y Amended:
24-A MRS §6914
House, February 16, 2012
p. H-1157-H-1165

House, February 16, 2012
p. H-1165-H-1166

Senate, February 16, 2012
p. S-1711-S-1717

Senate, February 16, 2012
p. S-1717-S-1724

Senate, February 23, 2012
p. S-1745-S-1746
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

Report:
  Report of the LD 1816 Section W-1 Adult Developmental Services Work Group (Feb. 5, 2013)


Report:  Biennial Plan for Services to Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism: 2013-2014 (Dec. 15, 2013)

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Yes
2013 LD 250

An Act To Make Supplemental Appropriations...Year Ending June 30, 2013
Enacted with amendments:

S-1
S-3
PL 2013, c. 1, Pt. X Amended:
24-A MRS §6914
House, February 21, 2013
p. H-120-H-121

House, February 21, 2013
p. H-123-H-125

Senate, February 21, 2013
p. S-139

Senate, February 21, 2013
p. S-150-S-152

House, February 28, 2013
p. H-139
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2018 LD 1871

An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force To Address the Opioid Crisis in the State Regarding Respectful Language
Enacted with amendment:

S-463
PL 2017, c. 407, §A-99 Amended:
24-A MRS §6917(3)(B)
No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

Report:  Task Force to Address the Opioid Crisis in the State. Final Report (Dec. 2017)

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Yes