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.
 
At the center of Gov. Paul LePage’s latest push to reform the state’s Medicaid program is the assertion that many of those who benefit from the health insurance program should help pay for it.

Hidden costs lurk in LePage plan to charge, penalize MaineCare recipients

By Jackie Farwell on May 18, 2017, at 11:33 a.m.
At the center of Gov. Paul LePage’s latest push to reform the state’s Medicaid program is the assertion that many of those who benefit from the health insurance program should help pay for it.
Nursing student Courtney Wilson checks a patient's blood pressure under the watchful eye of nurse practitioner Gretchen Speed at the Greater Portland Health clinic on May 9.  Wilson is graduating this month from the University of New England's accelerated nursing program.

Maine doesn’t have enough nurses to care for people in their homes

By Jackie Farwell on May 18, 2017, at 5:57 a.m.
Nursing often means caring for patients who are sicker than in years past, with more complex health problems, in a shorter amount of time.
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Mainers, here are the basics on pre-existing medical conditions

on May 10, 2017, at 12:44 p.m.
Vice President Mike Pence spoke highly of Maine's "high-risk pool" on a recent episode of "Meet the Press."

How a Maine experiment fuels the new GOP bid to replace Obamacare

By Jackie Farwell on May 03, 2017, at 1 a.m.
On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Vice President Mike Pence described how Republicans “are borrowing an idea from the state of Maine that has seen a significant drop in premiums for people on their health insurance.”
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Is Question 2 driving doctors out of Maine?

on April 27, 2017, at 7 a.m.
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Tick researchers found Powassan virus in these Maine towns

on April 26, 2017, at 7 p.m.
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Tick researchers found Powassan virus in these Maine towns

on April 26, 2017, at 7 p.m.
The Behavioral Health Center on Court Street in Bangor.

More than 4,000 patients at risk in hacking of Bangor psychiatric center

By Jackie Farwell on April 25, 2017, at 1:23 p.m.
A hacker stole personal information belonging to more than 4,000 patients of a local psychiatric practice, including medical details and Social Security numbers.
Asbestos fibers

Maine’s rate of asbestos deaths is highest in nation

By Jackie Farwell on April 20, 2017, at 6:22 a.m.
Cancer linked to asbestos is killing residents in Maine at the highest rate in the country.
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Baby chicks are adorable, but they could make you sick

on April 12, 2017, at 12:36 p.m.
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It may be 2017, but syphilis is making a comeback in Maine

on April 11, 2017, at 4:25 p.m.
The Behavioral Health Center on Court Street in Bangor.

Hackers steal patients’ personal data from Bangor mental health practice

By Jackie Farwell on April 10, 2017, at 5:23 p.m.
The hacker claimed to possess patient names, addresses, Social Security numbers and medical histories, including substance abuse and psychiatric evaluations.
The main entrance of Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Saving ailing hospitals created fiscal strain for Eastern Maine Healthcare

By Jackie Farwell on April 08, 2017, at 7:56 a.m.
If a major credit rating agency follows through on a downgrade to EMHS, the hit would reverberate throughout the extensive financial ties that bind the hospital network.
The main entrance of Eastern Maine Medical Center is seen in Bangor, March 17, 2017.

Hospital network that includes EMMC, Mercy braces for credit rating hit

By Jackie Farwell on March 30, 2017, at 1:01 a.m.
Another downgrade would sink EMHS into the “non-investment grade” category, better known as “junk bond” status.
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Maine is weighing whether to outlaw indoor tanning for teens

on March 23, 2017, at 11:12 a.m.
Attendees of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's Bangor rally listen to Trump as he speaks to the crowd at the Cross Insurance Center on Oct. 15, 2016.

The part of Maine that backed Trump is least likely to benefit from GOP health plan

By Jackie Farwell on March 15, 2017, at 3:33 p.m.
Areas of Maine that backed President Donald Trump in last year’s election stand to lose the most federal aid to buy health insurance under the House Republicans’ plan.
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Expanding Medicaid might lower divorce among Maine’s Baby Boomers

on March 09, 2017, at 5 a.m.

Older Mainers on Obamacare likely to see big changes from GOP health plan

By Jackie Farwell on March 07, 2017, at 6:01 p.m.
According to one early estimate by the Kaiser Family Foundation, older, poorer residents would generally receive less federal assistance under the GOP plan.
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Disgusted by soaring prices, Maine doctor devises an alternative to the EpiPen

on March 01, 2017, at 7 p.m.
Dr. Cathleen London, who runs a family practice in Washington County, charges her patients $50 for the device and $2.50 for a refill.
A pharmacy employee looks for medication as she works to fill a prescription while working at a pharmacy in New York.

Maine can show Congress how to get cheaper Rx drugs from Canada

By Jackie Farwell on Feb. 28, 2017, at 8:10 p.m.
Under federal law, importing drugs into the U.S. from other countries is illegal.