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.
 
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More evidence that Mainers can’t handle the heat

on June 13, 2017, at 5 a.m.
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Obamacare premiums are about to get more expensive in Maine

on June 06, 2017, at 3:32 p.m.
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Obamacare premiums are up in Maine, and here’s why

on June 01, 2017, at 5 a.m.
A female deer tick (left) and a nymph deer tick

Tick-borne Powassan virus sickens two in midcoast Maine

By Jackie Farwell on May 31, 2017, at 2:01 p.m.
The virus claimed the life of a Rockland-area artist in late 2013.

Another small Maine hospital to stop delivering babies

By Jackie Farwell on May 24, 2017, at 8:29 a.m.
Calais Regional Hospital will close its obstetrics department, a move that will leave Washington County with just one hospital fully equipped to deliver newborns.
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.