Articles by Lindsay Tice

 
Maine Center for Disease Control office in Augusta.

State investigation finds ‘manipulation,’ other problems in CDC grant awards

By Lindsay Tice on Dec. 13, 2013, at 8:09 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A state investigation has found a host of problems with the way the Maine Centers for Disease Control distributed millions of dollars to Healthy Maine Partnerships programs last year. Problems include supervisors who ordered the destruction of public documents, funding criteria that was changed during the selection …

Lewiston health insurance co-op wants to add large businesses

By Lindsay Tice on Oct. 31, 2013, at 10:15 a.m.
Weeks after it started selling health insurance to individuals and small businesses, Maine Community Health Options wants to add large businesses to the mix. The head of MCHO, a new Lewiston-based health insurance co-op, says it has applied to the Maine Bureau of Insurance for permission to …

DC think tank ranks Maine 41st for value of welfare benefits

By Lindsay Tice on Oct. 27, 2013, at 9:05 a.m.
A poor, single mother of two contacts Maine’s welfare offices looking for help. She qualifies for several of the state’s most well-known aid programs, including those that help her buy food, receive medical care for her children and heat her home. Her potential take-away: just under $19,900 worth of help …
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.

Former CDC division director who made document-shredding allegations files lawsuit

By Lindsay Tice on Oct. 21, 2013, at 1:56 p.m.
Sharon Leahy-Lind, the division director who said her bosses at the Maine Center for Disease Control ordered her to shred public documents and harassed and discriminated against her when she refused, has filed suit against the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and Maine CDC director Sheila Pinette. DHHS …
Valerie Caron of Harpswell waves signs outside a hearing Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, where the Maine Department of Health and Human Services was gathering comments regarding a proposal for a merger between Central Maine Healthcare and Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Brunswick.

Central Maine Healthcare halts effort to take over Parkview medical center in Brunswick

By Lindsay Tice on Oct. 01, 2013, at 2:47 p.m.
LEWISTON | Central Maine Healthcare has withdrawn its application to take over Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Brunswick, saying state regulators aren’t playing fair and are “inexplicably but undeniably committed to denying this application.” The state denies that it has unfairly pushed the application forward, saying instead that the …
Maddie, 11, plots her escape as her bonded pair pal, Yoko, 10, snoozes when Greater Androscoggin Humane Society's Tonya Dodge comes to pick up her canned cat food dish Thursday morning. The Lewiston shelter has seen a recent drop in its kitten population, but a rise in its older cat population. The shelter does not charge adoption fees for cats over 5 years of age.

Shelter: Older cats up for adoption are ‘just at their prime’

By Lindsay Tice on Sept. 30, 2013, at 6:10 a.m.
LEWISTON | Maddie is a cat who loves people, rubbing up against the glass when someone walks by her cage at the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society and purring when a volunteer scoops her up. She has long brown fur that she keeps immaculately groomed and she adores her pal …
ACA 101

In Maine, the Affordable Care Act exchange will be run by the feds

By Lindsay Tice on Sept. 30, 2013, at 5:17 a.m.
Political decisions to leave ACA to the federal government and to cut Medicaid have put Maine and its residents in a unique situation.

ACA aware: Watch out for scams

By Lindsay Tice on Sept. 30, 2013, at 5:13 a.m.
State officials have a message for you: No one from the government will be calling to sell you insurance. If someone does, it’s a scam. Also, that person calling to set you up with a new Obamacare insurance card? Scam. That site that says it’ll sign you up for insurance …

Witness in Lewiston stabbing trial says victim started fight

By Lindsay Tice on Sept. 19, 2013, at 6:47 a.m.
AUBURN | A defense witness told a jury Wednesday that Robert “Buddy” Edwards Jr. started the fight that led to his stabbing on June 19, 2011. Hannah Parent testified in Androscoggin County Superior Court that Edwards was angry, drunk and provoking a fight when he confronted Raikuez Melchoirre during …

Maine health insurance companies say they have won final approval for upcoming marketplace

By Lindsay Tice on Sept. 17, 2013, at 5:36 a.m.
LEWISTON | Officials from Maine Community Health Options and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield say their companies have both won final approval from the federal government to post health insurance plans on the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Maine Community Health Options, based in Lewiston, is the state’s first …

Little-known facts about the Affordable Care Act

By Lindsay Tice on Sept. 16, 2013, at 5:29 a.m.
So, let’s say you’re pregnant. (Fellas, bear with me here.) You’re thinking you’d like to breastfeed your new bundle of joy. You’re sure. Pretty sure. But how to work and nurse? Under the Affordable Care Act, you’ll get some help figuring that out. (Plus a free breast pump for just …

Anthem health plan draws praise, criticism

By Lindsay Tice on Sept. 10, 2013, at 10:34 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Central Maine Healthcare employees, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield leaders and others spent hours Monday trying to sway the head of the Maine Bureau of Insurance. Anthem’s plan to move thousands of individual policyholders into a plan that strictly limits their doctors and hospitals is horrible …
Affordable Care Act 101

Here’s 6 things you’ll need to know before Obamacare hits on Jan. 1

By Lindsay Tice on Sept. 09, 2013, at 6:01 a.m.
Here’s something you probably never thought you’d hear: Health insurance is about to get interesting. New discounts. New benefits. New rules. And a new place to buy. Come Oct. 1, people can start signing up for health insurance in the new Affordable Care Act marketplace, or exchange. All individuals, families …

An ACA glossary

By Lindsay Tice on Sept. 09, 2013, at 5:59 a.m.
Catastrophic plan: You’re young, poor and feel invincible — this is the plan for you. Offers low monthly cost, high yearly deductible, limited benefits. Basically, it’s there in case you’re in a major car accident, get cancer or suffer some other major medical problem. You know, a catastrophe. Thus the …

What your health insurance might look like under Obamacare

By Jackie Farwell and Lindsay Tice on Sept. 09, 2013, at 5:56 a.m.
What are your options under the Affordable Care Act? Here are some examples — with the help of some (slightly re-imagined) characters from “Grey’s Anatomy.” Izzie, 24, single, no kids, doesn’t smoke. Lives with mom and dad in Bangor while she saves up money for medical school. She makes $16,000 …

Just the FAQs, ma’am

By Lindsay Tice on Sept. 07, 2013, at 12:20 p.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 some sweeping changes to health care, like requiring almost all Americans to have …

State to hold public comment session on Anthem plan that puts strict limits on hospitals, doctors that policyholders can use

By Lindsay Tice on Aug. 25, 2013, at 3:19 p.m.
The Maine Bureau of Insurance will hold a public comment session Thursday on Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s proposal to move a number of its current individual policyholders into a narrow network plan that strictly limits which hospitals and doctors they can use. In central Maine, Central Maine Medical …

Elderly Poland man tries to fight off burglars

By Lindsay Tice on Aug. 24, 2013, at 3:50 p.m.
A 71-year-old Poland man brandished a handgun and tried to fight off two men who broke into his mobile home early Saturday morning, police say, but he was overpowered and the intruders took off with the gun, clothes, drugs and other items. Police say two men broke into the 21 …

Vehicle fire causes traffic delays on Maine Turnpike

By Lindsay Tice on Aug. 24, 2013, at 3:35 p.m.
Police have shut down one northbound lane of the Turnpike around mile 79 in Lewiston as firefighters try to put out a pickup truck on fire there. Delays are expected between Exit 75 in Auburn and Exit 80 in Lewiston. Check bangordailynews.com for updates. Story continues below advertisement.
Sharon Leahy-Lind

Maine CDC director who made document-shredding allegations resigns

By Lindsay Tice on July 31, 2013, at 6:10 p.m.
Sharon Leahy-Lind, the state agency director who said her bosses at the Maine Center for Disease Control ordered her to shred public documents and harassed and discriminated against her when she refused, has resigned. Leahy-Lind, director of the CDC’s Division of Local Public Health, resigned Wednesday. She filed a complaint …