Mainers hit with Obamacare penalty granted more time to get insured

A man looks over the website. REUTERS|Mike Segar

Maine residents facing tax penalties for going without health insurance now have an extra opportunity to avoid getting fined next tax season. The federal government announced Friday a special sign-up period for individuals and families who lacked coverage in 2014 and didn’t realize the Affordable Care Act requires all Americans to have health insurance or pay […]

Vital Signs: Nearly 75,000 Mainers enroll under Obamacare

Nearly 75,000 Maine residents chose a health insurance plan during the second sign-up season under the Affordable Care Act, according to preliminary federal figures that capture a last-minute rush to enroll before Sunday’s deadline. That’s just over 60 percent of the 124,000 Maine residents eligible to buy a private plan on the federal health insurance […]

Maine bill would allow drug users’ friends to administer overdose antidote

Narcan restores breathing after an opiate overdose. David Harry | The Forecaster

A medication that halts an opiate overdose in its tracks is in the hands of many Maine first responders, thanks to legislation passed last year. Now, a Waterville lawmaker wants to expand access to the life-saving drug, called naloxone hydrochloride, even further. Naloxone — known under the brand name Narcan — is a prescription medication that blocks opioid receptors […]