Articles by Lindsay Tice

Tammy Wilson looks out a window in the office at the Travel Inn in Lewiston recently where she lives and works as the manager.

Three state projects are giving Maine’s biggest medical users more help, and it’s already paying off in a host of ways

By Lindsay Tice on April 13, 2014, at 6:14 a.m.
Last year, Tammy Wilson visited the emergency room 38 times. She knew she went there a lot — too much — but she didn’t know what else to do for her debilitating migraines. In the past she’d seen her primary care doctor and a neurologist, tried over-the-counter drugs and prescriptions. …
Theresa Grainger (left) of Limington, searches for Affordable Care Act health coverage with certified marketplace navigator Kate Albert in South Portland on Monday, the deadline to sign up.

Mainers rush to sign up for health insurance on ACA deadline day

By Lindsay Tice and Jackie Farwell on March 31, 2014, at 5:58 p.m.
By mid-morning Monday, the state’s only health insurance co-op was getting so many calls — How do I get insurance by the deadline? Did the federal marketplace send over my sign-up information yet? How do I make a payment? — that its CEO grabbed a free desk and started answering …

FAQ: A big day for the ACA

By Jackie Farwell, Bangor Daily News, and Lindsay Tice, Sun Journal on March 31, 2014, at 5:52 p.m.
March 31 is the deadline to enroll in health insurance? For most people, yes. But the Obama administration will allow anyone who tried unsuccessfully to sign up through — because of technical issues or other problems — by March 31 extra time to submit an application. How much extra …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage orders state workers to stop texting, using instant messages for official business

By Lindsay Tice on March 28, 2014, at 4:06 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s office issued a new policy Friday afternoon prohibiting state employees from using smartphones to text or instant message for official state business. The policy was announced by the governor’s communications staff at a meeting of the Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee. The policy was …
Ben Hummel (from right) and Cheri-Ann Parris center answer Stacia Turner's questions about the Affordable Care Act during a Portland Pirates game at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee recently. "I haven't had health insurance in years," said Turner, who was going to make an appointment to get help enrolling.

The Affordable Care Act deadline is just around the corner — are you covered?

By Lindsay Tice on March 16, 2014, at 10:23 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Nearly every day, Cheri-Ann Parris — an enthusiastic 23-year-old Bates College grad with a warm Barbados accent — approaches perfect strangers and talks up the Affordable Care Act. It’s the law. There’s a deadline. And, she likes to add, isn’t health insurance a good thing to have? …

Office manager asks to join lawsuit against CDC alleging document shredding

By Lindsay Tice on Feb. 21, 2014, at 6:55 p.m.
A CDC office manager wants to join the whistle-blower lawsuit filed by a former Maine CDC division director. And the suit plans to accuse additional CDC officials — deputy director Christine Zukas and Office of Minority Health and Health Equity director Lisa Sockabasin — of rights violations. In a motion …

2nd person may join lawsuit against CDC alleging document shredding

By Lindsay Tice on Feb. 21, 2014, at 2:49 p.m.
Another person plans to join the whistle-blower lawsuit filed by a former Maine CDC division director and will accuse additional people at the CDC of rights violations. Lawyer Cynthia Dill said Friday that she will ask the court to add a second plaintiff to the federal lawsuit. She represents Sharon …

Potential computer evidence secured in connection with suit involving Maine CDC document-shredding allegations

By Lindsay Tice on Feb. 01, 2014, at 6:18 a.m.
The Maine Attorney General’s Office is no longer defending the Maine Department of Health and Human Services in a federal whistleblower lawsuit brought by a former Maine Center for Disease Control division director. DHHS, which oversees the CDC, has two new lawyers. And as the lawsuit continues, computer hard drives …

Former Maine CDC director: FBI investigating agency that shredded public documents

By Lindsay Tice on Jan. 24, 2014, at 2:51 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The former division director who first alleged wrongdoing at the Maine Center for Disease Control said she has spoken to the FBI as a part of a federal investigation into the department. Sharon Leahy-Lind said Friday in an interview with the Sun Journal that she has “fully …
House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick

Mainers using EBT cash in unusual places

By Lindsay Tice on Jan. 19, 2014, at 6:16 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — They were at smoke shop ATMs when they used their welfare cards to withdraw cash. At race tracks. At tattoo parlors. Even at Disney World-area resorts in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. One example after another of apparent spending by Maine’s welfare recipients was contained in data released …

Legislative panel delays action on probe that affirmed rampant problems at Maine CDC

By Lindsay Tice on Jan. 10, 2014, at 5:25 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Government Oversight Committee heard from the public Friday about a recent state investigation into the destruction of documents and possible grant funding manipulation by workers at the Maine Centers for Disease Control. The Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability completed its review of the CDC …

State offers free flu shots to all Mainers

By Lindsay Tice on Jan. 09, 2014, at 11:08 a.m.
The Maine Immunization Program is offering the flu vaccine free to all Mainers. The vaccine — both in a shot and a nasal spray — is available through participating doctors’ offices. “We have vaccine available that hasn’t been utilized and instead of, basically, letting it go to waste, we want …

Flu season slower than last year, but Maine cases rising

By Lindsay Tice on Jan. 08, 2014, at 7:40 a.m.
This flu season so far, in the words of one Maine infectious disease specialist: boring. Flu vaccines seem to be a good match for the viruses circulating. Fewer Mainers are coughing and aching. Local emergency rooms are all but empty of flu patients. So far, no big deal. “Last year …
Maine Center for Disease Control office in Augusta.

DHHS kept critical internal CDC review hidden

By Lindsay Tice on Dec. 23, 2013, at 7:49 a.m.
An internal review last spring by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services uncovered some of the very same problems at the Maine Center for Disease Control that were flagged last week in a state investigation. But that internal review — released this week by DHHS in response to …
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, Maine — 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.
LEWISTON, Maine — 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, Maine — 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, Maine — 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 …
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