All posts by 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.

Addiction experts decry LePage plan to cut methadone funds

Gov. Paul LePage explains his biennial budget proposal to reporters on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at the State House in Augusta. Chris Cousins | BDN

A group of local and national substance abuse experts spoke out Tuesday against Gov. Paul LePage’s plan to eliminate state funding for methadone treatment. LePage’s budget would transition opiate addicts seeking treatment from methadone clinics to Suboxone, a prescribed medication that patients must acquire from their doctors. Both Suboxone — a combination of two medications called buprenorphine […]

Mainers hit with Obamacare penalty granted more time to get insured

A man looks over the HealthCare.gov website. REUTERS|Mike Segar

Maine residents facing tax penalties for going without health insurance now have an extra opportunity to avoid getting fined next tax season. The federal government announced Friday a special sign-up period for individuals and families who lacked coverage in 2014 and didn’t realize the Affordable Care Act requires all Americans to have health insurance or pay […]

Vital Signs: Nearly 75,000 Mainers enroll under Obamacare

Nearly 75,000 Maine residents chose a health insurance plan during the second sign-up season under the Affordable Care Act, according to preliminary federal figures that capture a last-minute rush to enroll before Sunday’s deadline. That’s just over 60 percent of the 124,000 Maine residents eligible to buy a private plan on the federal health insurance […]

Maine bill would allow drug users’ friends to administer overdose antidote

Narcan restores breathing after an opiate overdose. David Harry | The Forecaster

A medication that halts an opiate overdose in its tracks is in the hands of many Maine first responders, thanks to legislation passed last year. Now, a Waterville lawmaker wants to expand access to the life-saving drug, called naloxone hydrochloride, even further. Naloxone — known under the brand name Narcan — is a prescription medication that blocks opioid receptors […]