Vital Signs newsletter: Insurers seek modest rate increases

Some feared health insurance premiums would skyrocket under the Affordable Care Act. But the two insurers selling plans to Maine consumers want to raise rates just modestly in 2015, well below the double-digit hikes seen in previous years. The proposed rates offer a tentative first look at how much insurers seek to charge during the second year of Healthcare.gov, a cornerstone of the health reform law. Experts cautioned that the rates remain subject to change and regulatory approval.

Maine insurers selling Affordable Care Act plans seek rate increases in 2015

Other top health stories this week:

With 176 deaths in 2013, drug fatalities in Maine continue to rise

Thirteen more people died in Maine from drug overdoses and related abuse last year than in 2012, according to figures released by the Maine Attorney General’s Office. Of the 176 deaths, 105 were attributable to prescription opiates and 34 were caused by heroin.

Pen Bay says inspection after patient’s death found no fault with hospital

The hospital filed a report in January about an unexpected death of a patient. Mark Biscone, the interim chief executive officer, said Pen Bay passed a resulting federal inspection “with flying colors.”

From our bloggers

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Autism: the gateway to a great adventure for Roman Waites and his family

What will you do on your summer vacation? Roman Waites and his family are going on a monumental cross country road trip and they’re going to document their journey by making a movie.

Jackie Conn, Sooner or Lighter

What Are Most Fattening Foods We Eat Every Summer?

There is something about firing up the grill that fires up the appetite too.

From the source

New data from Gallup shows the nation’s uninsured rate fell 22 percent since Obamacare kicked in.

Compiled by BDN Health Editor Jackie Farwell.

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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.