Articles by Lindsay Tice

Gov. Paul LePage speaks at the 2014 Maine Republican Convention at Cross Insurance Center in April.

LePage says he’ll consider signing bonds for nonprofits

By Lindsay Tice on June 23, 2014, at 2:08 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage said this week he will consider signing bonds for nonprofits, including hospitals and colleges, and said he doesn’t know why anyone thought he had shut down the program. Proponents of the program, which helps nonprofits get low-interest loans for major projects, were pleased and surprised by the …
Dr. Michael E. Kelley, chief medical officer for behavioral health at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, sits in the special child and adolescent section of the behavioral emergency department. Kids in crisis can wait days in the ER for an inpatient hospital bed in the children's behavioral unit to become free. Once patients, children can wait weeks or months for a spot in a residential treatment program.

Maine kids in crisis are showing up younger, with more severe behavioral problems than in the past

By Lindsay Tice on June 22, 2014, at 8:04 p.m.
The little boy raged. Once or twice a week something would set him off. Teachers often didn’t know why. His principal isn’t sure the little boy even knew. But suddenly he would explode — hitting, kicking, biting, trying to run away, tearing apart the classroom. He was one of the …

LePage won’t sign for bonds, three years after shutting down 20-year-old program

By Lindsay Tice on June 07, 2014, at 12:09 p.m.
AUGUSTA | MaineGeneral Medical Center wanted to build a 192-bed hospital in Augusta. The large, state-of-the-art building would replace three smaller, older facilities in Augusta and Waterville. Hospital officials believed the new place would be more efficient and safer for patients. But they needed $280 million to make it …
Maine Center for Disease Control office in Augusta

Attorney General notified of possible wrongdoing at Maine CDC

By Lindsay Tice on May 15, 2014, at 8:18 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A legislative committee will formally notify the Maine Attorney General’s Office that there may have been wrongdoing by officials at the Maine Center for Disease Control. Members of the Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee unanimously voted Wednesday to send a letter to the AG’s Office letting it know …
Gov. Paul LePage

Legislative committee contacts attorney general about CDC document shredding

By Lindsay Tice on May 14, 2014, at 2:29 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee decided Wednesday to stay involved in two government transparency issues — document shredding at the Maine Center for Disease Control and intervention by Gov. Paul LePage and Maine Department of Labor officials into unemployment insurance hearings. Committee members agreed Wednesday morning to …
Sharon Leahy-Lind, former 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 public documents.

Former Maine CDC director ordered to surrender medical records to lawyers defending the state in whistle-blower case

By Lindsay Tice on April 25, 2014, at 3:18 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A former Maine Center for Disease Control division director who has filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit against the Maine Department of Health and Human Services must hand over more than three years worth of her diaries, medical records and mental health records, as well as the names …
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 Jackie Farwell and Lindsay Tice 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 …