Vital Signs newsletter: Lewiston insurer attracts rural Mainers under ACA

More than 40,000 Mainers have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Most of them chose a plan through Maine Community Health Options, a new member-run insurer that captured 80 percent of the market here despite competition from the much larger and well-established Anthem. New figures released by MCHO reveal the startup made inroads in rural Maine, where outreach was tougher, but critical to reach thousands of uninsured residents.

Supermarket meat cutter Hildegard Tenney, 51, of Jonesboro, is planning to get her first checkup in years after signing up for a new policy.

Affordable Care Act prompts rural Mainers to sign up for health care through Lewiston startup

Other top health stories this week:

Pregnant employee stabbed by patient at Riverview says state should have protected her, files lawsuit

Jamie Hill-Spotswood was 18 weeks pregnant on March 16, 2013, when she was stabbed several times in the head and hands by Mark Murphy, a patient at the Augusta psychiatric hospital.

Pen Bay cutting positions, expenses to deal with $2.7 million operating loss

Interim Chief Executive Officer Mark Biscone said that to reduce expenses the hospital will, among other things, not fill some vacant positions and share services with Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast and the Miles Campus at LincolnHealth in Damariscotta.


From our bloggers

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5 Foods I Must NEVER EAT to Lose Weight!

The list of foods to avoid are highly personal. Yours won’t be the same as mine because you should avoid foods you hate!

Diane Atwood, Catching Health

Five Steps to Keep Your Pool Safe This Summer

Most young children who drown in pools are out of sight fewer than five minutes.


From the source

Maine ranks 14th in the nation for senior health under United Health Foundation’s new America’s Health Rankings Senior Report. The state performed well on hospital care, but chronic drinking remains high. Sorry Florida, Minnesota was the healthiest state for seniors.



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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.