Maine Association of Physician Assistants

Maine Constituent Chapter to the American Academy of Physician Assistants

Sen. Collins: PAs and NPs Ordering Home Health

March 26, 2020

Sen. Susan Collins discusses the importance of the Home Health Care Planning and Improvement Act being included in emergency COVID-19 legislation. Full article here.

Dear PAs and PA students:

Right now, AAPA is working to make sure PAs are included in the COVID-19 packages moving through Congress.  But we can’t do it alone.  We urge PAs and PA students to reach out to their federal legislators to ensure that healthcare providers have access to needed PPE without delay, and to guarantee that a provision to authorize PAs to order home healthcare for their patients in order to move them out of the hospital and free up much needed beds is included in the emergency package now being drafted by Congress.  

Click here to go to AAPA's Advocacy Action Center and send a message to your senators and representative in the House. 


Please TAKE ACTION today. 


Thank you!


Tate Heuer

Vice President, Federal Advocacy


Maine PAs Create History: LD 1660 An Act to Improve Access To Physician Assistant Care Became Law on March 17, 2020

March 18th, 2020, Governor Janet Mills signed our bill, LD 1660 An Act to Improve Access to Physician Assistant Care.

Maine physician assistants now have unprecedented flexibility to meet the needs of the patients we serve every day. The summary of the new law can be found on page 14 of this link.

This is a groundbreaking moment in Maine PA history, and it occurs just as we enter into an unprecedented public health emergency.

After over two years of work to get us to this point, your MEAPA board stands proud, but is also poised to move on to the next steps. We will now shift our focus to work with the licensing boards to create rules that will further define how this new law will allow us to better meet the health needs of our communities, both in times of crisis and in times of stability.

This win represents grassroots lawmaking at its finest. This bill was inspired by Maine PAs who shared their stories with the MEAPA board. The bill was created by a MEAPA board made of Maine PAs who recognized a need and felt the urge to respond. The bill came to life under the direction of MEAPA’s incredible lobbyist, Laura Harper from Moose Ridge Associates, and our AAPA Director of State Advocacy and Outreach, Carson Walker. But the bill passed because of your letters, emails and calls to your Senators, Representatives and the Governor.

When you are able, please take the time to thank your lawmakers who recognized the importance of getting our bill passed quickly in order to address this immediate healthcare crisis.

Maine PAs, congratulations, and many, many thanks. We’ve made history together.

Take good care of yourselves through this next big hurdle.

With gratitude for all of your hard work,

Gretchen Preneta PA-C

MEAPA President

Letter to the Editor: To Address Maine’s Doctor Shortage, Expand Role of Physician Assistant 

by Gretchen Preneta PA-C    January 24, 2020

How to combat doctor shortages with the help of Maine Physician Assistants and state legislature in this publication from the Press Herald.

Read more here.

University of New England Training PA Students to Treat Opioid Use Disorders

News Center Maine talked with UNE Physician Assistant students and faculty about the importance of learning treat opioid use disorders.

UNE's PA and medical students will get even more education and training now thanks to a major federal grant. 

AAPA Features MEAPA'S Tim Grace!

Timothy M. Grace, PA-C, works both as a hospitalist PA and in emergency medicine for Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine.
He is the featured member on the AAPA website sharing his reflections on his life-changing decision to become a PA. The article states, "From serving in the United States Air Force for nine years to selling modular healthcare furniture, an unlikely path led Timothy M. Grace, PA-C, to become a PA."

Read more about Tim and his path to becoming a PA here.

MEAPA's Purpose

The Maine Association of Physician Assistants was incorporated on April 1, 1977, as a nonprofit organization. MEAPA is representative of the physician assistants employed within the State of Maine, and its primary objective is to enhance quality medical care to the people of Maine through a process of continuing medical education to the membership, other health care workers, and the general public. As a constituent organization of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, MEAPA meets all provisions of the AAPA's bylaws and policies and upholds the principles, purposes, and philosophy for which the AAPA was founded.

Our Mission

To provide an organization to which physician assistants can look for leadership, strength, education, communication, and assistance. Our priorities are:

  • To establish and maintain a program of continuing education for physician assistants.
  • To educate the public and other health care workers regarding the role of the physician assistant.
  • To propose and further legislation which affects the evolution of the physician assistant as a health care provider.
  • To provide a forum where physician assistants can meet and share experiences, concerns, and plans.

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