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ACA 101

In Maine, the Affordable Care Act exchange will be run by the feds

By Lindsay Tice on Sept. 30, 2013, at 5:17 a.m.
Political decisions to leave ACA to the federal government and to cut Medicaid have put Maine and its residents in a unique situation.

ACA aware: Watch out for scams

By Lindsay Tice on Sept. 30, 2013, at 5:13 a.m.
State officials have a message for you: No one from the government will be calling to sell you insurance. If someone does, it’s a scam. Also, that person calling to set you up with a new Obamacare insurance card? Scam. That site that says it’ll sign you up for insurance …

Witness in Lewiston stabbing trial says victim started fight

By Lindsay Tice on Sept. 19, 2013, at 6:47 a.m.
AUBURN, Maine — A defense witness told a jury Wednesday that Robert “Buddy” Edwards Jr. started the fight that led to his stabbing on June 19, 2011. Hannah Parent testified in Androscoggin County Superior Court that Edwards was angry, drunk and provoking a fight when he confronted Raikuez Melchoirre during …

Maine health insurance companies say they have won final approval for upcoming marketplace

By Lindsay Tice on Sept. 17, 2013, at 5:36 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Officials from Maine Community Health Options and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield say their companies have both won final approval from the federal government to post health insurance plans on the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Maine Community Health Options, based in Lewiston, is the state’s first …

Little-known facts about the Affordable Care Act

By Lindsay Tice on Sept. 16, 2013, at 5:29 a.m.
So, let’s say you’re pregnant. (Fellas, bear with me here.) You’re thinking you’d like to breastfeed your new bundle of joy. You’re sure. Pretty sure. But how to work and nurse? Under the Affordable Care Act, you’ll get some help figuring that out. (Plus a free breast pump for just …

Anthem health plan draws praise, criticism

By Lindsay Tice on Sept. 10, 2013, at 10:34 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Central Maine Healthcare employees, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield leaders and others spent hours Monday trying to sway the head of the Maine Bureau of Insurance. Anthem’s plan to move thousands of individual policyholders into a plan that strictly limits their doctors and hospitals is horrible …
Affordable Care Act 101

Here’s 6 things you’ll need to know before Obamacare hits on Jan. 1

By Lindsay Tice on Sept. 09, 2013, at 6:01 a.m.
Here’s something you probably never thought you’d hear: Health insurance is about to get interesting. New discounts. New benefits. New rules. And a new place to buy. Come Oct. 1, people can start signing up for health insurance in the new Affordable Care Act marketplace, or exchange. All individuals, families …

An ACA glossary

By Lindsay Tice on Sept. 09, 2013, at 5:59 a.m.
Catastrophic plan: You’re young, poor and feel invincible — this is the plan for you. Offers low monthly cost, high yearly deductible, limited benefits. Basically, it’s there in case you’re in a major car accident, get cancer or suffer some other major medical problem. You know, a catastrophe. Thus the …

What your health insurance might look like under Obamacare

By Jackie Farwell and Lindsay Tice on Sept. 09, 2013, at 5:56 a.m.
What are your options under the Affordable Care Act? Here are some examples — with the help of some (slightly re-imagined) characters from “Grey’s Anatomy.” Izzie, 24, single, no kids, doesn’t smoke. Lives with mom and dad in Bangor while she saves up money for medical school. She makes $16,000 …

Just the FAQs, ma’am

By Lindsay Tice on Sept. 07, 2013, at 12:20 p.m.
What is this “Affordable Care Act” of which you speak? It’s a controversial 900-plus-page federal law (officially the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) that was signed by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. It makes some sweeping changes to health care, like requiring almost all Americans to have …

State to hold public comment session on Anthem plan that puts strict limits on hospitals, doctors that policyholders can use

By Lindsay Tice on Aug. 25, 2013, at 3:19 p.m.
The Maine Bureau of Insurance will hold a public comment session Thursday on Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s proposal to move a number of its current individual policyholders into a narrow network plan that strictly limits which hospitals and doctors they can use. In central Maine, Central Maine Medical …

Elderly Poland man tries to fight off burglars

By Lindsay Tice on Aug. 24, 2013, at 3:50 p.m.
A 71-year-old Poland man brandished a handgun and tried to fight off two men who broke into his mobile home early Saturday morning, police say, but he was overpowered and the intruders took off with the gun, clothes, drugs and other items. Police say two men broke into the 21 …

Vehicle fire causes traffic delays on Maine Turnpike

By Lindsay Tice on Aug. 24, 2013, at 3:35 p.m.
Police have shut down one northbound lane of the Turnpike around mile 79 in Lewiston as firefighters try to put out a pickup truck on fire there. Delays are expected between Exit 75 in Auburn and Exit 80 in Lewiston. Check bangordailynews.com for updates.
Sharon Leahy-Lind

Maine CDC director who made document-shredding allegations resigns

By Lindsay Tice on July 31, 2013, at 6:10 p.m.
Sharon Leahy-Lind, the state agency 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 resigned. Leahy-Lind, director of the CDC’s Division of Local Public Health, resigned Wednesday. She filed a complaint …
Amandou Ousmane, 13 (left), sits in his mother's electric wheelchair in the hallway of a tiny one-bedroom apartment, listening to his mother, Maimouna Djouma (third from right), be interviewed by a reporter recently.

Lewiston family still searching for home after May apartment fires

By Lindsay Tice on July 08, 2013, at 7:47 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — For the past two months, Maimouna Djouma and her four sons have been crowded into a tiny one-bedroom apartment on Maple Street. At night, the family of five sleeps on the only free spaces available: two couches, one bed and the floor. During the day, they struggle …
Gov. Paul LePage delivers welcoming remarks Friday morning at Central Maine Community College to attendees of the  Maine Military and Community Network's third annual statewide conference on military families and their children.

LePage offers thanks at Auburn conference focused on military families, children

By Lindsay Tice, Sun Journal on June 29, 2013, at 9:54 a.m.
AUBURN, Maine — More than 150 people gathered at Central Maine Community College on Friday to talk all things military. Deployment stress. Sacrifice. Struggles with readjustment. Not just for the service members, but also for their children. “They go to school and a lot of people are wondering, ‘What’s going …

State releases details of new Anthem health insurance plan

By Lindsay Tice on June 19, 2013, at 9:16 a.m.
LEWISTON — The state on Tuesday released the list of doctors and hospitals that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will allow patients to use in its newly proposed insurance plan. The provider list includes some Central Maine Healthcare medical employees, including audiologists, dietitians and nurse practitioners, but it does …

Central Maine Healthcare files suit against state, says federally subsidized insurance would exclude some hospitals

By Lindsay Tice on June 18, 2013, at 5:53 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield wants to form a new insurance plan with MaineHealth. And it wants the state to keep the details of that plan secret as it seeks approval from the Maine Bureau of Insurance. The state has said OK. Central Maine Healthcare has …

Lewiston hospital hires trauma chief

By Lindsay Tice on June 11, 2013, at 9:14 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Central Maine Medical Center has hired a new director for its trauma program. James F. Reilly, a specialist in trauma surgery, emergency surgery and surgical critical care, has served as a temporary trauma surgeon for CMMC for the past several months. He was recently named medical director …
In this 2007 photo released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the trademark bulls-eye rash of Lyme disease appears on woman's arm.

Supply low, price high for popular Lyme disease antibiotic

By Lindsay Tice on May 28, 2013, at 10:36 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Maine patients, doctors and pharmacists are dealing with another drug shortage, this one an antibiotic to treat Lyme disease, the MRSA infection, pneumonia and other illnesses. The shortage has become such a concern nationwide that U.S. Sen Susan Collins, R-Maine, and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., have …
 
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