Category Archives: health policy

As Maine weighs e-cigarette limits, ‘vaping’ among U.S. teens triples

E-cigarette companies are not yet subject to the same marketing restrictions as traditional cigarette companies. (Courtesy Fotolia | TNS)

Add this to the list of electronics consuming teenagers’ attention: cigarettes. Use of electronic cigarettes tripled among American middle and high school students over the course of just one year, from 2013 to 2014, according to new data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The statistics come as many states, including Maine, seek limits on the devices […]

How to choose a primary care doctor in Maine

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Do you have a primary care doctor? The Affordable Care Act relies on the trusted family doctor to help transform the country’s health care system. Along with boosting Medicare and Medicaid payments to primary care providers and investing in their work force, health reform puts primary care doctors and nurses at the heart of efforts to improve care while lowering costs. […]

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 […]

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 […]