Code of Maine Rules
Section 550-8-1 - Forensic Examinations for Gross Sexual Assaults

Current through 2023-52, December 27, 2023

1. Maine licensed medical facilities and licensed health care practitioners shall be reimbursed from the Victims' Compensation Fund for forensic examinations performed on alleged victims of gross sexual assault in accordance with these Rules. "Gross Sexual Assault" has the meaning as found in Title 17-A sec. 253. "Alleged victim" means any person who alleges that he or she is a victim of gross sexual assault and any person who is unconscious or incapacitated due to mental disease, disorder or defect and is identified by law enforcement or a health care practitioner as the victim of gross sexual assault. The maximum payment by the Fund for the forensic assault examination shall not exceed the statutory maximum of $500.00.

A. To be eligible for payment, the gross sexual assault forensic examination must include at least all services directly related to the gathering of forensic evidence and related testing and treatment for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Licensed hospital and licensed health care practitioners must have available and offer to provide at least the following tests and treatments:
(1) Professional/practitioner's services



Collection of specimens

Treatment for the prevention of sexually transmitted infection

(2) Emergency department

Emergency room, clinic room or office room fee

Pelvic tray

(3) Laboratory

Fixed smear for sperm

Blood testing for syphilis and Hepatitis B

HIV test

Cultures for gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomonas and other sexually transmitted diseases (STD)

(4) Pregnancy testing (blood test or urinalysis)

(5) Other laboratory tests that are required for the purpose of evidentiary examination

(6) Medications

Pregnancy prophylaxis

Sexually transmitted disease prophylaxis

One dose sedative, antidepressant or tranquilizer


The tests and treatments performed shall be based on each patient's individual need and preference. If performed by a licensed hospital or licensed health care practitioner, any of these listed tests and treatments may be billed as part of the forensic examination.

B. For purposes of reimbursement, all services directly related to the gathering of forensic evidence and initial testing and treatment for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases constitute the sexual assault forensic examination.

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