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AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine had the highest immunization rate in the nation for children aged 19 to 35 months in 2014.  That's according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which released the rates Friday.

The figures show that 84.7 percent of Maine children in that age group received vaccinations last year, an increase of nearly 17 percent over 2013. Nationwide,  71.6 percent of toddlers received vaccinations.

What it's Really Like to Live with Dementia: Virtual Tour a Revelation

Aug 21, 2015
Sara Gatcomb / MPBN

DEER ISLE, Maine - Millions of Americans live with dementia’s confusing and distorted reality. Yet, it’s still hard for loved ones and caregivers to understand dementia’s effect on daily life. in Maine, one nursing home is offering them a way to experience dementia themselves.

Tom Porter / MPBN

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The integration of two mid-coast hospitals is now official. A U.S. Bankruptcy Court has approved the sale of Parkview Adventist Center to Mid Coast Hospital, both based in Brunswick.

Lois Skillings, president and CEO of Mid Coast Health, will also head up the new organization, to be called Mid Coast Parkview Health.

Speaking at a press conference in Brunswick Friday morning, Skillings said a unified vision will allow the group to preserve the mission of the two hospitals.

ORONO, Maine - Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King is calling for increased federal investment and support for telemedicine.

During a roundtable discussion today at the University of Maine in Orono, King said that, in addition to greater federal investment, he'd like to see regulatory changes that can improve access to vital health care services for people, especially the elderly, in rural states like Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine — In a recent weekly address, Gov. Paul LePage says that Maine has funds for drug treatment that go unused. That came as news to Jim Cohen, a Portland attorney who works with a coalition of methadone providers.

"We were not aware that there were any funds available," he says.

Maine Department of Health and Human Services spokesman David Sorensen says roughly $100,000 worth of treatment funds are leftover every year.