Maine’s health community still digesting the budget proposal Gov. Paul LePage just unveiled, but the outcries have begun. The governor’s plan would slash funding for methadone treatment and anti-smoking programs, reduce the ranks of public health staff, and allow cities and towns to collect taxes on nonprofit property, prompting one hospital lobbyist to label the provision a “sick tax.”
At the same time, the proposal supports reimbursement rates for primary care providers, better coordinating treatment for costly Medicaid patients, and services for the disabled and mentally ill.
Our coverage continues, but here’s the roundup of health-related budget stories this week.
Other top health stories this week:
The community-based health care model — The Franklin Model — is the subject of what is being called a tremendously important Journal of the American Medical Association study.
There was one place Randy Lord did not see fellow amputees too often, and that was swimming in the ocean.
From our bloggers
Jim LaPierre, Recovery Rocks
“I sometimes grabbed a handful of something and hid in my tent fort or favorite spot in the woods behind our house. I hid because I didn’t want to be told ‘no.’ No more food? No more best friend?”
Diane Atwood, Catching Health
The older you are the more likely you’ve been smoking for years — decades even — which means you’re more likely to have at least one smoking-related health problem.