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Representative Sharon Anglin Treat
Rep. Sharon Anglin Treat has served in the Maine House of Representatives representing District 79 (Farmingdale, Hallowell and West Gardiner) for four terms, and she previously represented these communities in the Maine Senate where she served a term as Senate Majority Leader and as Assistant Leader in 2000-2004. Rep. Treat is the House Chair of the Insurance & Financial Services Committee.
Rep. Treat is a state and national leader on consumer, health and trade issues. In the Legislature she has passed legislation providing for consumer counseling assistance and court mediation for homeowners facing possible foreclosure. Other consumer laws sponsored by Rep. Treat include protections for seniors from marketing abuses related to Medicare prescription drug policies, banning certain debit card surcharges, and establishing a "health care bill of rights" for health insurance. Rep. Treat has also passed laws to provide lower-cost prescription drugs to Maine people, protections to keep mercury and other toxics out of consumer products and the environment, and a law requiring the federal government to get the Legislature and Governor's approval before overriding state laws through a trade agreement.Read more
The Cohen Center in Hallowell was the site of a lively meeting of over 50 seniors, transit providers, Maine Department of Transportation officials, advocates for aging and disabled Mainers and many others to discuss issues of rural transportation and access to transit for seniors and others. Rep. Treat is working on legislation on this issue. Read more in this article in the Kennebec Jour
Are Maine's tobacco control regulation at risk ofbeing negotiated away or overturned by trade agreements? Rep. Treat is a panelist at the Kenneth E. Warner Lecture Series at Legacy for Health Foundation's Forum, "Tobacco Control Policy and Trade Negotiations: Bartering Away the Will of the People"
What will "Obamacare" mean for you? Now the the Affordable Care Act has been upheld by the US Supreme Court, its time to start implementing the law and set aside past debates. Its time to learn how you will benefit, and indeed already are benefiting in many cases. The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act ensures hard-working, middle class families will get the security they deserve and protects every American from the worst insurance company abuses.
Augusta, ME and Olympia, WA- While U.S. trade negotiators are meeting behind closed doors in San Diego, 130 state legislators from all 50 states and Puerto Rico have signed a letter to President Obama's senior trade official warning that they will oppose the deal unless the administration alters its current approach. "The lack of transparency of the treaty negotiation process, and the failure of negotiators to meaningfully consult with states on the far-reaching impact of trade agreements on st
Rep. Sharon Treat recently spoke at a conference sponsored by the PharmedOut Program at Georgetown University Medical School. Treat's talk, "What Can and Should States Do?" focussed on pharmaceutical marketing and the role of state governments in assuring that such marketing does not injure patients and interfere with evidence-based prescribing.
Efficiency Maine has launched a new program to help homeowners achieve quick-fix energy loss measures such as air sealing during or immediately following an energy audit. Energy advisors listed on Efficiency Maine's web site are eligible to receive $300 per residential unit in buildings of up to four units. To earn the incentive, auditors must conduct at least six hours of blower door-guided air sealing and insulation work per unit. At the time of completing a weatherization project, energy adv
This month we learned Maine was among only a handful of states where the economy actually slid backwards last year. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis announced that Maine was the only state in New England whose economy shrunk in 2011 and one of only seven states nationwide.
Regardless of the decision by the Supreme Court on the legality of the individual mandate and the Affordable Care Act (ACA, maine will continue to have a major role on health care policy. Yet even though this decision will have an impact on how health care reform progresses, it will not be the ultimate game changer. The “game” will play out in state legislatures across the nation and it is up to the states to determine the future of health care reform.