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Sharon Leahy-Lind

Maine settles whistle-blower lawsuit with former CDC manager who said bosses told her to shred documents

By Lindsay Tice on Jan. 13, 2015, at 6:04 p.m.
LEWISTON | The former division director who said her bosses at the Maine Center for Disease Control ordered her to shred public documents, and then harassed and retaliated against her when she refused, has settled her lawsuit. Lawyer Cynthia Dill said Tuesday that her clients — former director of …
Barb Gabri

Barb Gabri of Lewiston: ‘Rolling the dice’ without insurance

By Lindsay Tice on Jan. 04, 2015, at 6:11 a.m.
Name: Barb Gabri Age: 55 Location: Lewiston Insurance for 2014: Employer Barb Gabri isn’t a fan of the Affordable Care Act. At least she hasn’t seen it help many people — particularly families that earn too much for government assistance but not enough to pay for their own health insurance. …
Kevin Lewis, CEO of Maine Community Health Options in Lewiston

Lewiston insurer is a national ‘rock star’

By Lindsay Tice on Jan. 04, 2015, at 6:04 a.m.
When Kevin Lewis helped start Maine Community Health Options in 2011, the health insurance co-op had no employees and no one banging down the door looking for health insurance (it didn’t actually have a door, either). No one knew how a health insurance co-op would do in …
POLL QUESTION

36,000 Mainers pick Obamacare insurance plans

By Lindsay Tice on Dec. 30, 2014, at 1:50 p.m.
During the first month of open enrollment, more than 36,000 Mainers signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace. According to a report released Tuesday by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, 61 percent of those people re-enrolled in a marketplace plan, while 39 percent …

Answers to frequently asked questions about the Affordable Care Act

By Lindsay Tice on Dec. 29, 2014, at 5:41 a.m.
What is this “Affordable Care Act” of which you speak? It’s a controversial, 900-plus-page federal law (officially the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) that was signed by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. It makes sweeping changes to health care, such as requiring almost all Americans to have …

Sherri Tripp: ‘I think it’s wonderful’

By Lindsay Tice on Dec. 28, 2014, at 9:42 a.m.
Name: The Tripp Family Ages: Sherri, 49, Barry, 51, and Jasper, 20 Location: Old Orchard Beach Insurance in 2014: The ACA marketplace Sherri and Barry Tripp hadn’t had insurance for years. The couple tried. And paid. To the tune of $1,200 a month — for a plan with a $20,000 …

Blake Pooler: Finally insured, for $160 a month

By Lindsay Tice on Dec. 28, 2014, at 9:38 a.m.
Name: Blake Pooler Age: 34 Location: Augusta Insurance in 2014: None Blake Pooler found health insurance because of Hulu. A self-employed carpenter, he’d checked out insurance before, but he always found the prices “unrealistic” — $500, $600 a month — to cover him alone. He just couldn’t justify the expense. …

From ‘hellish’ to health care: The Affordable Care Act in Maine 1 year later

By Lindsay Tice on Dec. 28, 2014, at 5:19 a.m.
A little over a year ago, things weren’t going very well for the Affordable Care Act. For some Mainers, “hellish” might have been the right word. The website for the federal insurance marketplace kept failing. Phone lines jammed for the popular new health insurance co-op in Lewiston. Overall, it took …
Sharon Leahy-Lind of Portland purchased a "multi-state" health insurance plan that she was told would provide coverage outside of Maine. Leahy-Lind would later find out that the surgery she needed in Boston would not be covered.

When health insurance goes wrong … and what you can do about it

By Lindsay Tice on Sept. 28, 2014, at 9:48 a.m.
PORTLAND | Sharon Leahy-Lind was certain her new health insurance plan would pay for doctors outside Maine. After all, she specifically asked about that when she called the federal marketplace to buy new health insurance. Her daughter went to college in Massachusetts and she needed a plan that would …
Sharon Leahy-Lind, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control's Division of Local Public Health, sent a complaint of discrimination to the Maine Human Rights Commission alleging, among other things, that her bosses ordered her to destroy documents.

‘Maybe you shouldn’t have talked to the newspapers’: Second plaintiff added to federal whistleblower lawsuit against Maine CDC officials

By Lindsay Tice on Sept. 19, 2014, at 2:41 p.m.
A second employee is suing the Maine Center for Disease Control. A federal court judge ruled Friday that office manager Katie Woodbury can join the whistle-blower lawsuit filed by the former Maine CDC division director who first raised questions about document shredding within the department. The judge also allowed two …

Maine DHHS reverses plan to cut funds for mental health, substance abuse services

By Lindsay Tice on Sept. 12, 2014, at 4:58 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Department of Health and Human Services no longer plans to cut money from mental health and substance abuse agencies. However, questions remain about the funding mistake that prompted the warning of cuts and whether money needs to be made up somewhere else. DHHS notified mental …

Bought and sold: Sex trafficking in Maine

By Lindsay Tice on Aug. 24, 2014, at 9:11 a.m.
“Cat” was a teenager when it started. Her parents had kicked her out when she was 15. With no family and no place to go, she landed in Lewiston, surviving any way she could. At 19, she thought she’d found a relationship and, finally, a home. Right up until her …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage administration wants adults without children to work to get food stamps

By Lindsay Tice on July 23, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.
AUGUSTA | After a five-year break, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services plans once again to require childless adults to work in order to receive help through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. The department announced Wednesday that it will require work, …
The state of Maine has set a retroactive 2-year cap for those on MaineCare and taking methadone.

More money, less money: The effects of not expanding MaineCare

By Lindsay Tice on July 20, 2014, at 6:18 a.m.
The head of the Portland Community Health Center and her chief financial officer sat down last week to figure out which bills they could pay. They don’t have the money to pay all of them. More than half of their patients are uninsured, up from about 30 percent a few …

Legislative committee lays out plan to prevent repeat of Maine CDC document-shredding scandal

By Lindsay Tice on June 26, 2014, at 6:27 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A legislative committee on Thursday took steps to resolve its months-long document-shredding probe and to ensure the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s shredding scandal doesn’t happen again to that department or any others in Maine. The Government Oversight Committee voted Thursday to: — Ask the …
Gov. Paul LePage speaks at the 2014 Maine Republican Convention at Cross Insurance Center in April.

LePage says he’ll consider signing bonds for nonprofits

By Lindsay Tice on June 23, 2014, at 2:08 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage said this week he will consider signing bonds for nonprofits, including hospitals and colleges, and said he doesn’t know why anyone thought he had shut down the program. Proponents of the program, which helps nonprofits get low-interest loans for major projects, were pleased and surprised by the …
Dr. Michael E. Kelley, chief medical officer for behavioral health at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, sits in the special child and adolescent section of the behavioral emergency department. Kids in crisis can wait days in the ER for an inpatient hospital bed in the children's behavioral unit to become free. Once patients, children can wait weeks or months for a spot in a residential treatment program.

Maine kids in crisis are showing up younger, with more severe behavioral problems than in the past

By Lindsay Tice on June 22, 2014, at 8:04 p.m.
The little boy raged. Once or twice a week something would set him off. Teachers often didn’t know why. His principal isn’t sure the little boy even knew. But suddenly he would explode — hitting, kicking, biting, trying to run away, tearing apart the classroom. He was one of the …

LePage won’t sign for bonds, three years after shutting down 20-year-old program

By Lindsay Tice on June 07, 2014, at 12:09 p.m.
AUGUSTA | MaineGeneral Medical Center wanted to build a 192-bed hospital in Augusta. The large, state-of-the-art building would replace three smaller, older facilities in Augusta and Waterville. Hospital officials believed the new place would be more efficient and safer for patients. But they needed $280 million to make it …
Maine Center for Disease Control office in Augusta

Attorney General notified of possible wrongdoing at Maine CDC

By Lindsay Tice on May 15, 2014, at 8:18 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A legislative committee will formally notify the Maine Attorney General’s Office that there may have been wrongdoing by officials at the Maine Center for Disease Control. Members of the Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee unanimously voted Wednesday to send a letter to the AG’s Office letting it know …
Gov. Paul LePage

Legislative committee contacts attorney general about CDC document shredding

By Lindsay Tice on May 14, 2014, at 2:29 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee decided Wednesday to stay involved in two government transparency issues — document shredding at the Maine Center for Disease Control and intervention by Gov. Paul LePage and Maine Department of Labor officials into unemployment insurance hearings. Committee members agreed Wednesday morning to …
 
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