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.
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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.
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.
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Diane Atwood, Catching Health
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.