News from The Office of The President
It is hard to believe summer is over and fall is upon us. The first 4 months in this new role have been spent learning more about the organization and how we operate for the good of all members. We now move into fall planning season for the next year including conference schedules, legislative actions and more member benefits for all. Time is flying by and I feel that I have so much to accomplish and do. I have a fantastic team and we have had three energetic boards meetings with the newest members present and all of us are committed to strengthening the organization even more.
As you know our MEWA (Multiple Employee Welfare Arrangement) meeting regarding our proposed self-insured group plan continues to move forward. Unfortunately, our numbers are not what we are expecting and we’re finding a variety of reasons some have not completed their portion of the work, including not wanting to divulge tax records, waiting to see how it looks first or not understanding the savings we can provide. There is a sense of concern from members but I can assure you of the confidentiality in the process and our MEWA advisory board or current board members do not have access to any of this information. If we do not collect enough potential enrollees to show viability, everybody will be affected as we will NOT have a chance to move forward. If you think you might be interested, please speak with Robert Reed or myself so we can restart the process. Doing so does not place you under any obligation, all will still be able to say no thank you when we roll out the final products. There should be no extra costs for the set up if everyone can complete the documentation requested for financial records and census.
We have been in touch with the Maine Chiropractic Assistant Association and had a meeting recently to begin the process of merging our two organizations into one cohesive unit. To date the response has been positive and we continue to move forward with our proposal to merge our two organizations to better serve each practitioner while our Chiropractic Assistants will play a greater role in helping this association being successful. We intend to bring Bylaws changes to the Fall Conference for a formal vote on this matter and if successful would look to complete all details by end of the year.
Our Executive Director, Robert Reed and our Lobbyist, John Royce are working in tandem on several pieces of Legislation which were passed but await funding to improve Mainecare reimbursement and allow payment for the exams required of the program. They, along with Dr. Andre Nadeau, are also working with the Governor’s office and DHHS staff to look for increased visit limits and reformation of the Prior Authorization form for additional care. With next year being an election for Governor and a new legislature, John Royce will be spearheading our efforts to raise funds for the Presidents Club to promote Chiropractic and support candidates we believe will most assist our offices and the patients we serve. We will seek contribution from our members and I will ask you to be generous and to remember that it is not “what you know but who you know” that works and allow us to move forward with our agenda. Also important is for each of you locally to know your legislators both elected and as new candidates so please become involved as time allows.
Anita Knopp DC has been sitting at the Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) for several years now and will step down and will be replaced soon. At the request of the Governor, we will have two nominees for appointment of one to the position. An official announcement should be coming soon and we are fortunate to have two young passionate doctors step forward for consideration to serve.
As you can see we have so much in process and much more to be accomplished. I am proud and excited to be your President and serve the MCA and celebrate our successes. This is only the beginning.
Luc J Dionne DC President of the MCA