Articles by Lindsay Tice


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 for updates.
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 …
Amandou Ousmane, 13 (left), sits in his mother's electric wheelchair in the hallway of a tiny one-bedroom apartment, listening to his mother, Maimouna Djouma (third from right), be interviewed by a reporter recently.

Lewiston family still searching for home after May apartment fires

By Lindsay Tice on July 08, 2013, at 7:47 a.m.
For the past two months, Maimouna Djouma and her four sons have been crowded into a tiny one-bedroom apartment on Maple Street. At night, the family of five sleeps on the only free spaces available: two couches, one bed and the floor. During the day, they struggle …
Gov. Paul LePage delivers welcoming remarks Friday morning at Central Maine Community College to attendees of the  Maine Military and Community Network's third annual statewide conference on military families and their children.

LePage offers thanks at Auburn conference focused on military families, children

By Lindsay Tice, Sun Journal on June 29, 2013, at 9:54 a.m.
More than 150 people gathered at Central Maine Community College on Friday to talk all things military. Deployment stress. Sacrifice. Struggles with readjustment. Not just for the service members, but also for their children. “They go to school and a lot of people are wondering, ‘What’s going …

State releases details of new Anthem health insurance plan

By Lindsay Tice on June 19, 2013, at 9:16 a.m.
LEWISTON — The state on Tuesday released the list of doctors and hospitals that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will allow patients to use in its newly proposed insurance plan. The provider list includes some Central Maine Healthcare medical employees, including audiologists, dietitians and nurse practitioners, but it does …

Central Maine Healthcare files suit against state, says federally subsidized insurance would exclude some hospitals

By Lindsay Tice on June 18, 2013, at 5:53 a.m.
LEWISTON | Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield wants to form a new insurance plan with MaineHealth. And it wants the state to keep the details of that plan secret as it seeks approval from the Maine Bureau of Insurance. The state has said OK. Central Maine Healthcare has …

Lewiston hospital hires trauma chief

By Lindsay Tice on June 11, 2013, at 9:14 a.m.
Central Maine Medical Center has hired a new director for its trauma program. James F. Reilly, a specialist in trauma surgery, emergency surgery and surgical critical care, has served as a temporary trauma surgeon for CMMC for the past several months. He was recently named medical director …
In this 2007 photo released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the trademark bulls-eye rash of Lyme disease appears on woman's arm.

Supply low, price high for popular Lyme disease antibiotic

By Lindsay Tice on May 28, 2013, at 10:36 a.m.
LEWISTON | Maine patients, doctors and pharmacists are dealing with another drug shortage, this one an antibiotic to treat Lyme disease, the MRSA infection, pneumonia and other illnesses. The shortage has become such a concern nationwide that U.S. Sen Susan Collins, R-Maine, and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., have …
Rosie and Opal get cozy in their pen at Hope Elephants in Hope, Maine.
Hope Elephants has posted videos of the elephants, including "Rosie and Opal Play Ball" and "Morning in the Snow." Those videos can be seen at Hope Elephants' YouTube channel:

Elephants in Maine find a home in Hope

By Lindsay Tice on May 26, 2013, at 6:10 a.m.
When Rosie the retired circus elephant arrived in Hope, she walked with a shuffling, stiff-legged gait. Her trunk was so weak that she couldn’t pick it up all the way. When she got hungry, she raised it as high as it would go and tossed food and …
Rich Livingston works out in the Health and Fitness Center at Central Maine Medical Center recently. Livingston, 68, had a heart attack last fall. "I would have died but for the intervention" at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, he said.

Lewiston heart center saves lives, earns praise from former opponents

By Lindsay Tice on May 12, 2013, at 6:02 a.m.
More than a decade ago, Rich Livingston went to Augusta to urge the state to approve a controversial heart center in Lewiston. Maine had only two such centers, which meant Lewiston-Auburn-area patients typically had to travel nearly an hour to Portland or two hours to Bangor if …

Family of Gov. LePage said to have been displaced by earlier Lewiston fire

By Lindsay Tice on May 04, 2013, at 12:30 a.m.
LEWISTON — The governor’s brother is believed to be one of the residents who escaped Monday’s fire at 172 Bates St.  Adriana Garcia, who managed the building and has lived there for the past eight years, said she alerted Richard LePage and his wife, Alicia, to the fire and helped …
State Sen. Margaret Craven, D-Lewiston.

Watchdog group to investigate Maine Center for Disease Control, DHHS after accusations made

By Lindsay Tice on April 27, 2013, at 6:18 a.m.
Weeks after a Maine Center for Disease Control director accused her bosses of, among other things, giving hundreds of thousands of dollars in state funding to favored organizations and harassing her when she refused to destroy documents related to that funding, a watchdog group will investigate. The Legislature’s Government Oversight …
Aaron Moser sits in a Harpswell chair, also pictured at left, the same kind of Moser chairs used for Thursday's dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. Thos. Moser furniture was also chosen to decorate the interior of the center.

Auburn furniture maker’s work chosen for Bush library

By Lindsay Tice, Sun Journal on April 26, 2013, at 5:38 a.m.
For years, Aaron Moser wanted to see his family’s furniture decorate a presidential library. He’d come close. Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers did some work for the Ronald Reagan library in California, though it wasn’t big — mostly public benches, public seating and occasional furniture. The Auburn company hand-crafted …
The Maine Center for Disease Control office in Augusta.

Maine CDC workers claim harassment, threats

By Lindsay Tice on April 21, 2013, at 12:13 p.m.
Sun Journal interviews with a handful of current and former workers from the Maine Center for Disease Control echoed allegations of harassment, threats and poor management filed in a complaint a little over two weeks ago by a current CDC director. Employees paint a picture of an ineffectual leader who …
Sharon Leahy-Lind

Maine CDC director to return to work after discrimination complaint

By Lindsay Tice on April 19, 2013, at 9:29 a.m.
Sharon Leahy-Lind, the Maine Center for Disease Control director who filed a complaint of discrimination with the Maine Human Rights Commission, will return to work Monday. The CDC placed her on administrative leave a few weeks ago while it investigated allegations that she shared inappropriate and-or untruthful information, including confidential …
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