Patty Wight

News Producer

Patty Wight joined MPBN after working as a freelance radio reporter. She has produced pieces for National Public Radio programs such as All Things Considered and Morning Edition. She produced a 5-part documentary series on Maine’s gubernatorial campaign for Maine Things Considered in 2010. Patty also taught at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, where she first got hooked on radio as a student herself in 2000. After graduating, she immediately sought an internship with MPBN. She’s very happy to return as a reporter.

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LEWISTON, Maine - Maine hospitals are seeing bad debt and charity care costs skyrocket. It comes at a time when individuals have more options to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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It's been more than a year that Mainers have been able to buy insurance on the Affordable Care Act's online marketplace. The goal of the marketplace, say advocates, is to provide affordable insurance and increase access to healthcare. But what is it really like to use these plans?

As of 7:00 am Monday, the state's only 24-hour pharmacy opened at Maine Medical Center.  

Senior Director of Pharmacy Brian Marden says the goal is to improve patient outcomes and reduce re-admissions, in part by providing a convenient way to get important medications.

"Spending time with people too - we have three consult rooms in our pharmacy that are available for conversations between patients and families and our pharmacists so that they can do the appropriate education and spend time answering questions that people may have," Marden says.

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LEWISTON, Maine - The number of Mainers who purchased insurance in the Affordable Care Act's online marketplace has already sky-rocketed beyond last year's record statistics.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine has slipped from being the first  - and only - state in the nation to achieve straight A's in an annual Lung Association tobacco control report to earning two D's. 

Ed Miller, senior vice president of public policy for the American Lung Association of the Northeast, says the latest report finds that Maine falls short in two areas: the cigarette tax, and spending on tobacco prevention and control.