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.
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.

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.

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.

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.
Nurses picket in the front of Eastern Maine Medical Center along State Street in Bangor in 2010.

Maine nurses: To avoid shortage, improve our working conditions

By Jackie Farwell on Feb. 21, 2017, at 6:24 a.m.
Nurses in Maine, and across the country, are overburdened and burning out, they said.
Angela Young gets supplies to treat a patient at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor in this May 2016 file photo.

Study: Maine’s going to have to find 3,200 new nurses by 2025

By Christopher Cousins and Jackie Farwell on Feb. 14, 2017, at 4 p.m.
Maine nurses are aging alongside the patients they treat, setting the stage for a critical shortage of nurses across the state by 2025, officials announced Tuesday.
Gov. Paul LePage speaks to the Maine House of Representatives before swearing them in for the first session of the 128th Legislature on Dec. 7 at the State House in Augusta.

Reading between the lines of the LePage budget

By Christopher Cousins, Darren Fishell, Jackie Farwell and Michael Shepherd on Feb. 06, 2017, at 11:32 a.m.
Registered Nurse Rebecca Moak poses for a photo in a trauma center of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, in this October 2013 file photo.

A mixed early diagnosis from doctors, hospitals on DHHS plan to tighten MaineCare

By Jackie Farwell on Jan. 26, 2017, at 3:54 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage’s administration’s proposal to further restrict eligibility requirements for Medicaid elicited a mixed response Thursday from Maine hospitals and doctors.
Sen. Susan Collins with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.

Here’s the nitty gritty on Collins’ Obamacare replacement plan

By Jackie Farwell on Jan. 24, 2017, at 2:06 p.m.
Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins joined a Louisiana senator Monday to unveil new legislation aimed at replacing the Affordable Care Act.
Sen. Susan Collins (right) sits with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office in Washington, D.C., in this file photo.

Susan Collins wants to repeal Obamacare. Replacing it is a work in progress

By Jackie Farwell on Jan. 18, 2017, at 4:35 p.m.
The national spotlight is shining on Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins as part of her party’s effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Applications are seen at a rally held by supporters of the Affordable Care Act in Jackson, Mississippi, in this October 2013 file photo.

What health insurance in Maine could look like without Obamacare

By Jackie Farwell on Jan. 15, 2017, at 7:36 a.m.
Let’s look at three of the most talked-about aspects of the law: Healthcare.gov, protections for consumers and Medicaid.
Maine is one of few states to have tried allowing the sale of health insurance across state lines.

Maine tried allowing the sale of health insurance from other states. It didn’t work.

By Jackie Farwell on Dec. 28, 2016, at 6:27 a.m.
Maine’s experience reveals some of the problems with this general approach.

Maine doctors grapple with new limits on painkiller prescriptions

By Jackie Farwell on Dec. 20, 2016, at 5:24 p.m.
Physician Jabbar Fazeli works in his office on Washington Avenue in Portland on Monday. Fazeli's brother, Adnan, probably died at age 38 while fighting for the Islamic State overseas.

Maine doctor hopes to lay to rest the brother he reported to the FBI

By Jackie Farwell on Dec. 16, 2016, at 8:42 a.m.
Adnan Fazeli’s body is somewhere overseas, likely in Lebanon, where he’s believed to have died at age 38 while fighting for the Islamic State.
Maine Medical Center, the state's largest hospital and a facility in the MaineHealth system, can be seen in Portland in this April 2013 file photo.

MaineHealth moves to centralize spending decisions for its $2B hospital network

By Jackie Farwell on Dec. 13, 2016, at 12 a.m.
MaineHealth, based in Portland, seeks to combine its member hospitals into a single, $2 billion organization overseen by one governing board.