LD 180
Session - 126th Maine Legislature
LR 318
Item 1
Bill Tracking, Additional Documents Chamber Status

An Act Concerning the Use of Tobacco Settlement Funds for Children's Health Care

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §1511, sub-§6,  as amended by PL 2011, c. 617, §1, is further amended to read:

6. Health promotion purposes.   Allocations are limited to the following prevention and health promotion purposes:
A. Smoking prevention, cessation and control activities, including, but not limited to, reducing smoking among the children of the State;
A-1. Prevention, education and treatment activities concerning unhealthy weight and obesity;
B. Prenatal and young children's care including home visits and support for parents of children from birth to 6 years of age;
C. Child care for children up to 15 years of age, including after-school care;
D. Health care for children and adults, maximizing to the extent possible federal matching funds;
E. Prescription drugs for adults who are elderly or disabled, maximizing to the extent possible federal matching funds;
F. Dental and oral health care to low-income persons who lack adequate dental coverage;
G. Substance abuse prevention and treatment; and
H. Comprehensive school health and nutrition programs, including school-based health centers.

Funding allocated pursuant to paragraphs A, A-1, B, C, D, F, G and H may not be decreased in subsequent unified current services budget legislation or deallocated in supplemental budget legislation in order to reduce a budget deficit.


This bill amends the law on the Fund for a Healthy Maine to require that funding for children's health care not be reduced in order to address a budget deficit.

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