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.

Vital Signs newsletter: Top health stories this week

More than 20 Maine health providers were paid at least $1 million each from Medicare in 2012, according to a trove of government data released Wednesday that sheds unprecedented light on health care billing across the country. The data, off limits to the public for more than three decades, revealed individual physicians’ billing practices for the […]

Vital Signs newsletter: Top health stories this week

Monday marked one of the biggest deadlines for the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” Uninsured Mainers raced to begin signing up for health insurance by midnight, swamping health advocates with questions about premiums, deductibles and benefits. As the clock ticked down, many got their first look at how the landmark health reform law will affect their […]

Vital Signs: Top health stories this week

It comes as no surprise that Maine’s poorest and uninsured residents struggle to afford health services. But a new statewide survey, designed to track the impact of the Affordable Care Act here, also finds Mainers with insurance coverage earning middle-class incomes run into trouble paying medical bills. Survey: Mainers struggle to pay medical bills — even […]

Vital Signs: Top health stories this week

A group of 25 Mainers recently volunteered to test their bodies for chemicals found in numerous consumer products, from shower curtains to inflatable toys. Every participant, from current and former lawmakers to mothers and an electrician, tested positive for phthalates, chemicals used to soften plastics that some studies have linked to serious health problems. But the […]

As EMMC faces shortfall, parent organization touts financial rating


Less than a week after Bangor’s Eastern Maine Medical Center announced a $7 million shortfall, its parent organization is touting a healthy balance sheet and strong financial future. How can that be? Here’s a closer look. Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems issued a press release Wednesday announcing that Standard & Poor’s issued a “positive outlook” for the […]

Adults can overdose on two pills of potent new painkiller


Two members of Maine’s congressional delegation are pressuring federal regulators to revoke approval of a new painkiller that’s among the most powerful on the market. Congressman Mike Michaud and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree signed a letter in December to U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg asking her to reconsider approval of the narcotic Zohydro ER, awarded last […]