While everyone was busy debating the Affordable Care Act last week, the future of another far less controversial health program fell into doubt. Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which has long attracted broad bipartisan support, lapsed on Sept. 30 after Congress failed to renew it. As the deadline approached, lawmakers were clashing over […]
Maine voters will head to the polls in November to decide whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The ball is now in the public’s court after Gov. Paul LePage and his Republican allies in the Legislature thwarted six previous attempts to expand Medicaid under the health reform law. LePage has said that […]
What’s really driving overdose deaths is the proliferation of illegal fentanyl, an astoundingly powerful synthetic opioid.
Now that you have to be at least 21 to buy cigarettes in Maine, can we expect teenagers to add “quit smoking” to their summer bucket lists? Maybe not, but evidence indicates that the change in the law will lead to less smoking among Maine’s teenagers. We can look to the town of Needham, Massachusetts, which raised the […]
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention released updated data this week showing vaccination rates by school. Use this tool to search elementary schools by town and view the percentage of parents opting out of immunizations.
Many more Maine children are considered at high risk for lead poisoning under updated rules that are prompting an increase in home inspections.
If you’re a 60-year-old in Maine, you’ll pay higher health insurance premiums on the marketplace if the U.S. Senate’s plan to replace Obamacare passes, no matter where in the state you live or how much you make. But you’re in for an eye-popping $15,900 increase in annual premiums if you earn $50,000 at that age and […]
Maine spends more on health care per person than most other states, according to a new federal study that shows wide variation across the country. Maine spent $9,531 on health care per capita in 2014, the 11th-highest amount in the nation. That figure reflects a wide range of health costs, funded by both public and […]
Many women who rely on the birth control pill or other monthly forms of contraception have experienced this scenario: A woman’s doctor writes her a prescription for three or 12 months worth of birth control. When she visits the pharmacy to pick it up, she finds out that her insurance company will pay for only one […]
Truly hot days are relatively rare in Maine, thanks to those cool ocean breezes and our situation as the northeastern-most state. It’s easy to forget when we’re whining about the 90-degree heat and yearning for the snowfall that we cursed only a few short months ago. But when the temperature spikes, we suffer more than our neighbors […]