Vital Signs: Political battle heats up over nursing home funds

Since the legislative session ended, Gov. Paul LePage and Republicans have attacked Democrats for refusing to call a special session to hammer out a deal to provide more funds for Maine’s nursing homes. In the meantime, two rural nursing homes have closed, citing untenable finances and a lack of patients.

Now, the top two Democrats in the Legislature are calling LePage’s bluff on his repeated requests for a special session. Senate President Justin Alfond said in an interview Wednesday that LePage was “trying to govern through press releases and TV interviews.”

Top Democrats to LePage: Show us your plan to aid Maine nursing homes

Other top health stories this week:

‘Yoga saved my life’: Hundreds flock to Maine Yoga Fest

For 90 minutes on Saturday night, the East End Community School gymnasium transformed into a rave fueled by spirit and lit up like a disco. It was the start of the signature event of Maine Yoga Fest — black light yoga — and spirits and glow sticks were high.

After insurance and MaineCare reject payment, Robbie Foundation provides wheelchair for Portland girl with rare condition

A Scarborough nonprofit’s gift of a pediatric wheelchair will help a local child with a rare arterial disease travel to school safely and better experience the city.

From our bloggers

Diane Atwood, Catching Health

Where You Can Pick Blueberries in Maine

Most places are opening mid to late July, but some not until the first of August.

Pattie Reaves, After the Couch

Area woman “goes for a run” 40 weeks pregnant

10 percent to get things moving, 10 percent because it was such an awesome day, and 80 percent for the bragging rights.

From the source

In Maine, 23 percent of adults and 14 percent of kids get no exercise, according to the U.S. CDC’s annual state report on physical activity released earlier this week.

Compiled by BDN Health Editor Jackie Farwell

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.