Maine consumers are paying about a third of the $282 per month they used to cough up to buy health insurance, new federal figures show. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report offered the first in-depth analysis of the prices consumers will pay for private plans offered through the federal government’s health insurance marketplace.
Americans who buy their own coverage in the “individual market,” rather than get health insurance through work or government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, have been among those hardest hit by big price hikes and skimpy coverage. Healthcare.gov aimed to change that.
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A study in the Journal of Adolescent Health found no increase in youth marijuana use in states that enacted medical marijuana laws.
Down East Community Hospital announced the appointment of Ralph Gabarro, who will fill the position formerly held by Doug Jones, following his abrupt departure from the hospital May 28.
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Maine ranks 10th in the country for meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, but crucial family caregivers are at risk of burnout, according to a new AARP scorecard.