Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed budget brought health advocates and hospital lobbyists out in force this week to decry proposed cuts to their programs.
Hospital representatives lined up on Wednesday to tell legislators that the budget would undercut the state’s health care system and put hospitals deeper in debt. Two days earlier, health groups, doctors, and others opposed an initiative that would eliminate roughly $20 million for anti-smoking programs.
The LePage administration has said the budget changes would help to reduce costly unnecessary emergency department visits and continue funding higher Medicaid reimbursements for primary care providers.
Other top health stories this week:
In Maine, midwives are not required to be licensed by the state, which means they are limited in the medicines they can prescribe and access to routine medical procedures such as ultrasounds and blood screens. That may change within the next year.
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Jackie Farwell, Vital Signs
The case will decide the fate of the health reform law’s financial subsidies, which help millions of individuals and families to afford coverage. In other words, Obamacare’s reason for being.
Kenneth Capron, A Journey Through Dementia
The truth, according to most reputable sources, is that memory loss is not a natural consequence of aging.
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Compiled by Bangor Daily News Health Editor Jackie Farwell