Government Relations

Government Relations Committee

The bill was withdrawn on Feb 25, 2019.

After much discussion with the lobbyists about his discussions with legislators over their opposition to the bill it was decided to withdraw the bill and go back into research mode.  The lobbyists will continue to do research for us as to the Board of Alternative and Complimentary Health Care

 

Minutes from meetings:

2019_0224_AMTAME_Government_Relations_Com_Mtg_Minutes

2019 0210 ME AMTA Government R.C. Mtg Minutes

2019_0127_GRC_meeting_minutes

2019_0113_GRC_Meeting_Minutes

2019_0102_Gov_Relations_C_mtg_minutes

2018_0624_GRC_mtg_minutes

2018_0520_GRC_mtg_minutes

2018_0624_GRC_mtg_minutes

2019_0102_and_earlier_grc_meeting_minutes

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a link to our bill so you can follow the progress.

http:// www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp? ld=330&PID=1456&snum=129

Our bill has been assigned to the following committee: Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance & Financial Services (HCIFS). We are asking that everyone reach out to the committee members and ask them to vote yes on our bill. Here is a link to the HCIFS committee members http:// legislature.maine.gov/committee/#Committees/HCIFS You will also find on this page “Mailing List.” Clicking on this link will allow you to subscribe to the committee to receive email updates.

Now that the bill is on the path to legislation, we need your help. We need volunteers to attend the upcoming committee hearings and people to contact their local legislators and senators.

We can provide you with an email template requesting them to vote yes. Please reach out to us so we can get you what you need  Tarnya Constantino musclekneeds@aol.com, Wendy Decker reflexparties@gmail.com.

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Know your representative and senator. To find yours, go to https://legislature.maine.gov/senate/find-your-state-senator/9392, and http://legislature.maine.gov/house/house/MemberProfiles/ListAlpha

  • You may leave a message for your legislator during session by calling a toll free number. If you would like a return call, please include your name and phone number in your message.
  • To reach your Representative:
    1-800-423-2900
    TTY – please use Maine Relay 711
  • To reach your Senator:
    1-800-423-6900
    TTY – please use Maine Relay 711
  • If you wish to speak to a member of the staff, you may call the Office of the Clerk at 207-287-1400 or the Office of the Secretary of the Senate at 207-287-1540.

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Helpful papers to support LD 330:

        Position paper why we need wording added to our massage law

        Path of Legislation in Maine

        LD 330 position paper on health care practitioner status

        Know your representative senator talking points

        Bill LD330

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The wording in the new bill is:

AN ACT TO DEFINE LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPISTS
AS HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS
 

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

Sec. 1. 32 MRSA §14301, sub-§3, as amended by PL 1997, c.681, §1, is further amended to read:

  1. 3Massage therapist or massage practitioner. “Massage therapist” or “massage practitioner” means a person who is a health care practitioner and who provides or offers to provide massage therapy for a fee, monetary or otherwise.

S.ec. 2. 32 MRSA §14301, sub-§4, as amended by PL 1991, c.548, Part E, is further amended to read:

  1. 4Massage therapy. “Massage therapy” means a health care practice that utilizes scientific or skillful manipulation of soft tissue for therapeutic or remedial purposes, specifically for improving muscle tone and circulation and promoting health and physical well-being. The term includes, but is not limited to, manual and mechanical procedures for the purpose of treating soft tissue only, the use of supplementary aids such as rubbing alcohol, liniments, oils, antiseptics, powders, herbal preparations, creams or lotions, procedures such as oil rubs, salt glows and hot or cold packs or other similar procedures or preparations commonly used in this practice. This term specifically excludes manipulation of the spine or articulations and excludes sexual contact as defined in Title 17-A, section 251, subsection 1, paragraph D.

Sec. 3. 32 MRSA §14306-C, sub-§1, as enacted by PL 1997, c.681, §7, is amended to read:

  1. 1License required. Beginning on the effective date of this section, a person may not, unless specifically exempted by this chapter, claim to be a massage therapist or a massage practitioner or claim to provide any procedure that includes any of the following words: “massage,” “bodywork,” “body therapy,” “manual therapy,” “neuromuscular therapy,” “touch therapy” or “myotherapy,” or words derived therefrom, unless licensed in accordance with this chapter.

Summary

This bill defines a “massage therapist” or “massage practitioner” as a health care practitioner and defines “massage therapy” as a health care practice. It prohibits unlicensed persons from claiming to provide procedures that include “massage,” “bodywork,” “body therapy,” “manual therapy,” :neuromuscular therapy,” “touch therapy,” or “myotherapy,” or words derived therefrom.

 

License Renewal:

It is very important to renew your license on a timely basis. It can be costly and time consuming to let it lapse. Here is the link:

http://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/massage/renew.html

If you have forgotten when your license needs to be renewed go to:

https://www.pfr.maine.gov/almsonline/almsquery/SearchIndividual.aspx

search for your name, then click on the result and the system will show you your renewal date.

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For information relating to employer employee issues contact the

Maine Department of Labor:

207-623-7900

45 Commerce Drive, Augusta, Maine

PO Box 259, Augusta, ME 04330