Jackie Farwell

Jackie Farwell

Enterprise Editor

Jackie Farwell of Gorham is the enterprise editor for the Bangor Daily News. Farwell began her career with the newspaper after graduating from the University of Maine's journalism program in 2004. She left in 2006 for a job with The Associated Press in New York, later returning to Maine to become a senior writer at business magazine Mainebiz. Farwell rejoined the Bangor Daily News in 2011 and works from the Portland area. She covers health issues that directly affect Maine residents.
 

Check how many parents are skipping vaccines at your kid’s Maine school

By Jackie Farwell on July 20, 2017, at 10:46 a.m.
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.
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Check how many parents are skipping vaccines at your kid’s Maine school

on July 20, 2017, at 10:46 a.m.
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.
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Check how many parents are skipping vaccines at your kid’s Maine school

on July 20, 2017, at 10:46 a.m.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention released updated data this week showing vaccination rates by school.
A man looks over the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) signup page on the HealthCare.gov website. Several health insurance companies are considering raising their rates in 2018.

Anthem defends 21 percent rate hike request for Obamacare plans in 2018

By Jackie Farwell on July 19, 2017, at 5:53 p.m.
The other two insurers selling Obamacare plans in Maine, Harvard Pilgrim and Community Health Options, also seek double-digit rate increases for plans they sell next year.
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Portland Community Health Center medical assistant Shelby Heggeman (right) prepares a vaccination in a 2015 photo.

Parents of Maine kids refusing vaccines as measles, whooping cough cases increase

By Jackie Farwell on July 19, 2017, at 4:25 p.m.
“If a certain number of newborns get pertussis, then we’re going to see some infant deaths, which is horrifying to say, but it is the reality.”
The Anopheles mosquito is known to carry malaria.

Is your vacation destination a malaria hotspot?

By Jackie Farwell on July 13, 2017, at 4:10 p.m.
“I have seen people die from it…It’s a bad disease.”
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This is Maine’s most Googled health problem

on July 12, 2017, at 10:03 a.m.
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A new Maine law provides incentives to consumers who shop around for medical imaging and other health services.

New Maine law rewards consumers who find better deals on health care

By Jackie Farwell on July 10, 2017, at 1:56 p.m.
Under a new Maine law, health insurers must compensate customers who find a better deal on many common medical services.
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Too many kids are exposed to lead in these Maine towns

on July 06, 2017, at 5 a.m.
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Too many kids are exposed to lead in these Maine towns

on July 06, 2017, at 5 a.m.
Many more Maine children are considered at high risk for lead poisoning under updated rules that are prompting an increase in home inspections.
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Here’s who benefits least and most in Maine under the Senate health bill

on June 28, 2017, at 2:46 p.m.
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Wildlife biologist Patrick Keenan holds a male towhee in his hand at the Wells Reserve this month before removing 54 engorged deer ticks from around its eyes. The ticks were preserved and sent to Maine Medical Center's Research Institute in Scarborough.

In the battle against ticks and Lyme disease, scientists look to the skies

By Jackie Farwell on June 28, 2017, at 6:14 a.m.
While most of us take pains to dodge the eight-legged pests, Chuck Lubelczyk heads straight for them.
A measles vaccine

Maine confirms first measles case in 20 years

By Jackie Farwell on June 27, 2017, at 12:53 p.m.
The Maine CDC is investigating the case, which appears to have originated outside the state and was associated with a traveler.
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Maine is spending more on health care per capita than most other states

on June 20, 2017, at 3:57 p.m.
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Maine women, your insurance now must cover a year’s worth of birth control

on June 14, 2017, at 1:54 p.m.
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services used federal funds in 2015 to pay for services for seniors and residents with disabilities even though federal law restricted the use of those funds to services for children and their families.

Report: Children gain health insurance in rest of U.S., but lose it in Maine

By Jackie Farwell on June 13, 2017, at 4:21 p.m.
The increase in Maine stands in stark contrast to the rest of the country, where the average rate of uninsured children has dropped significantly.
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More evidence that Mainers can’t handle the heat

on June 13, 2017, at 5 a.m.
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More evidence that Mainers can’t handle the heat

on June 13, 2017, at 5 a.m.
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Obamacare premiums are about to get more expensive in Maine

on June 06, 2017, at 3:32 p.m.
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Obamacare premiums are up in Maine, and here’s why

on June 01, 2017, at 5 a.m.