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National AAP News
Get Covered, Stay Covered: Health Insurance Marketplace Resources and Information: The Open Enrollment Period for 2015 Marketplace health coverage is over, but consumers may still be able to get covered and avoid a tax penalty next year.

The Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2014 (H.R.1281) The law is designed to eliminate critical delays in the newborn screening process.

Looking for Information on Ebola? AAP:  Ebola Virus Disease Info for Clinicians  CDC:  Ebola Outbreak  Maine Physicians:  Portland Press article

AAP Updates Recommendations on Teen Pregnancy Prevention - Read Article   Visit the National Child Trauma Stress Network

Toolkit to Improve Care for Patients with Genetic Disorders and Genetic Disorders Policy information and recommendations

AAP Resilience Project:  Tools and Resources for Practices

AAP Updates Membership Criteria:   * Nurse Practitioners employed by a pediatric practice eligible to become Affiliate members.   *A new In-Training Membership category was approved to consolidate Resident and Post Residency Training Members. * Medical Students can join as In-Training Members.   *Dues payment plans are available to renewing members

 

MAAP News & Events

Co-Sleeping has led to recent deaths in Maine.  Resources: CoSleeping Baby Deaths 2015 - AG’s Office Safe Sleep Recommendations -DHHS, and Safe_Sleep_Brochure

OP ED on Vaccine Legislation to Encourage Communication between Parents and Providers by Maine AAP President & EMMC Pediatrician  Janice Pelletier, MD and MaineMed Psychiatrist and Tufts Clinical Professor Sandra L. Fritsch, MD   Also view an article by Dr. Sid Sewall, MAAP Board Member and Pediatrician at MaineGeneral on Personal Freedom, Parental Choice and Vaccines.

The Maine AAP strongly supports  Maine’s mandatory child abuse reporting law, LD 1523; read our letter of support.

CDC’s Advisory Commitee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Report

Pediatric Blood Lead Testing Guidelines -In a Public Health Update from the Governor’s Department of Health and Human Services

CDC offers new guidelines on Critical Congenital Heart Defects Screening: Proposed Rules CCHD Rules memo 3.18.15

Learn about e-cigarettes…what are they, what are the dangers? Read this AAP Research.

Highlights

Maine AAP Leaders, along with collaborators from Maine Medical Association, Eastern Maine Healthcare, the American Cancer Society, and others gather to testify in support of legislation to prohibit minors from using tanning beds.   Indoor tanning is exceptionally dangerous for teenagers, because it increases the risk of developing melanoma by an astronomical 62%.Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) causes the 3 major forms of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma; squamous cell carcinoma; and cutaneous malignant melanoma. Public awareness of the risk is not optimal, overall compliance with sun protection is inconsistent, and melanoma rates continue to rise. The risk of skin cancer increases when people overexpose themselves to sun and intentionally expose themselves to artificial sources of UVR. Keep an eye on this legislation and urge your Representatives and Senators to support it!

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