COVID-19: A Message from Commissioner Anne Head

Governor Mill's Executive Order

On April 7, 2020, Governor Janet Mills signed an Executive Order which takes additional actions to promote Maine people’s access to health care in response to COVID-19. This Order was developed in coordination with the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation and the Attorney General’s Office. The Executive Order makes temporary changes to certain OPOR licensing laws, which remain in effect until the end of the state of civil emergency. The Order:

 

  • Expands the availability of telehealth services:

Certain OPOR licensed health care providers may provide telehealth services to their patients, as necessary and appropriate during the declared state of civil emergency. The Order expressly permits the use of telehealth by video, audio, or other electronic means. The Order does not expand any licensee’s scope of practice.

 

  • Alleviates the following licensing requirements for all health care providers licensed by OPOR:
    • Licensees whose licenses are scheduled to expire on or before March 20, 2021 may renew that license without satisfying any continuing education requirements that would otherwise apply
    • Licensees whose licenses are scheduled to expire during the declared state of civil emergency will have their expiration dates extended until 30 days following the conclusion of the declared emergency
    • All temporary licenses issued by the Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners, Board of Occupational Therapy Practice and Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners and all permits for the performance of relief veterinary services issued by the State Board of Veterinary Medicine during the state of civil emergency shall not expire prior to 30 days following the conclusion of the declared state of civil emergency.
  • Expands the health care workforce to help support Maine’s health care needs during this crisis by allowing certain health care providers licensed in another state or licensed by OPOR, such as respiratory care therapists, to:
    • Receive a temporary license to provide health care in person or through telehealth to Maine people, with no application fee, if currently licensed in another state. DOWNLOAD APPLICATION
    • Reactivate their Maine license immediately, with no application fee and for the duration of the crisis, if retired within the last three years. DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

 

Email the completed application to the Board:

 

Acupuncturists, Naturopathic Doctors, Certified Professional Midwives: comphealth.lic@maine.gov

Alcohol & Drug Counselors: alcoholdrug.board@maine.gov

Certified Interpreter, Certified Deaf Interpreters: interpreters@maine.gov

Chiropractors: chiropractic.lic@maine.gov

Clinical Professional Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Pastoral Counselors: counsel.board@maine.gov

Dietitians: diet.board@maine.gov

Licensed Clinical Social Workers: socwkr.board@maine.gov

Multi-Level Long Term Care Administrators, Nursing Home Administrators: nursehm.board@maine.gov

Occupational Therapists: occ.board@maine.gov

Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Pharmacy Interns: pharmacy.lic@maine.gov

Physical Therapists: physicalthrpy.lic@maine.gov

Podiatrists: podmed.board@maine.gov

Psychologists: psych.board@maine.gov

Radiologic Technologists: radtech.board@maine.gov

Respiratory Care Therapists, Respiratory Care Technicians: respcare.board@maine.gov

Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dealer and Fitters: slpaudhad.board@maine.gov

Veterinarians: vetmed.lic@maine.gov

 

 

Last Updated: April 13, 2020