Vital Signs newsletter: Top health stories this week

Monday marked one of the biggest deadlines for the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” Uninsured Mainers raced to begin signing up for health insurance by midnight, swamping health advocates with questions about premiums, deductibles and benefits. As the clock ticked down, many got their first look at how the landmark health reform law will affect their wallets and their wellness.

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

Other top health stories this week:

As one Maine school excels on healthy lunches, others lack equipment to meet new nutritional guidelines

At the New Sweden Consolidated School in Aroostook County, food service manager Melanie Lagasse prepares most meals from scratch. “They’re not ‘open a can and dump,” she says. But while her small school meets stricter standards for nutritious lunches, other Maine schools lack needed equipment.

Bill that would have allowed the sale of raw milk rejected for second time in two years

A measure that would have allowed farmers to sell unpasteurized milk directly to consumers who visit their property was rejected by the House of Representatives on Monday. LD 1786 is similar to a bill that was vetoed in 2013 by Gov. Paul LePage.

From our bloggers:

Diane Atwood, Catching Health

A Straightforward, No Nonsense Guide to Ultimate Health

Guest blogger and acupuncturist Lauren Breau argues there are many ways to maintain your personal health. If anyone ever tells you that their way is the only way … RUN!

Jim LaPierre, Recovery Rocks

How Can I Be Myself if I Don’t Know Who I am?

The lessons we learned as children are the foundation our lives are built upon. Grow up in a healthy family and you’re all set. The rest of us are left wondering.


Jackie Farwell

About Jackie Farwell

I'm the health editor for the Bangor Daily News, a Bangor native, a UMaine grad, and a weekend crossword warrior. I never get sick of writing about Maine people, geeking out over health care data, and finding new ways to help you stay well. I live in Gorham with my husband Nick and our hound dog Riley.