5:23 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Maine Advocates Rally for Public Hearing on Phthalates

Dr. Deborah Rice, former state toxicologist, testifies against phthalates at a public hearing in Augusta Tuesday.
Patty Wight MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine — The list of ingredients in cosmetics, lotions and soft vinyl plastics could soon have a new addition. The Department of Environmental Protection today took up a proposal to require manufacturers to report use of phthalates. Phthalates are hormone disrupting chemicals that can cause developmental and reproductive problems. More than 2,000 concerned Mainers say it's time consumers know what's in the products they're buying.

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5:35 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

LePage: State Should Consider Giving Up on Riverview Certification

Riverview Psychiatric Center in August 2013.
Mal Leary MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says in the wake of a recent failed bid to qualify for federal certification, Riverview Psychiatric Center here should consider operating without it. Riverview lost its certification last September due to safety issues, and along with it about $14 million in federal funding, according to state estimates. The hospital has been working to improve ever since, but problems persist.

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Subsidy rulings
5:30 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Maine Health Care Advocates: Don't Panic Over Dueling Subsidy Rulings

Health care officials in Maine spent the day analyzing the potential impact of two, conflicting federal appeals court rulings on a key part of the Affordable Care Act.

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Affordable Care Act
1:13 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Appeals Court in Va. Upholds Health Care Subsidies

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A federal appeals court in Virginia has upheld tax subsidies for low- and middle-income people who buy insurance under the Obama administration's health care reform law.

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Subsidies at risk
10:49 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Deals Blow to Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies.
    If upheld, the decision could mean premium increases for more than half of the 8 million Americans who purchased taxpayer-subsidized insurance under the law.
    It affects consumers who purchased their coverage through the federal insurance marketplace _ or exchange_ that serves 36 states.

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Hobby Lobby decision
4:26 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Collins Breaks Party Ranks on Hobby Lobby Fix

Maine Sen. Susan Collins is among three Republicans who voted in favor of a Democratic-backed measure aimed at dealing with the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision.

Collins, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Mark Kirk of Illinois, voted in favor of the measure, which fell four votes short of the 60 needed to move forward, according to The Associated Press.  The final vote was 56 - 43.

The bill would reverse the court's ruling last month that allowed "closely held" businesses whose owners have religious objections to deny women contraceptive coverage.

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7:36 am
Tue July 15, 2014

When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home

Lucinda Schreiber for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 11:13 am

In the land that came up with the phrase "Thank God it's Friday," and a restaurant chain to capitalize on the sense of relief many feel as the work week ends, researchers made an unusual finding in 2012.

Moms who worked full time reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who worked part time, research involving more than 2,500 mothers found. And mothers who worked part time reported better health than moms who didn't work at all.

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Gay blood drive
4:04 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Donors Turn out in Portland for Gay Blood Drive Event

Gay and bisexual men, and their friends, turned out today to participate in a National Gay Blood Drive event at the American Red Cross donation center in Portland.

Michael Quint, a local organizer of the Gay Blood Drive event, says gay men were only able to donate blood at today's blood drive by proxy - meaning each person had to have a non-gay friend, or a woman, give the blood on their behalf. The ban does not extend to gay women.

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Health software
3:33 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

King Touts Bill to Cut Red Tape on Low-Risk Health Technology

Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King told a conference on medical technology in Washington that legislation he is co-sponsoring will reduce the federal regulatory burden imposed on new health technology. by the federal Food and Drug Administration based on outdated laws.

King says the goal of the measure is simple: to lighten the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's regulatory requirements for so-called low-risk software - "the kinds of things you might have on your iPhone to keep track of how many steps you take, or your pulse, those kinds of things," King says.

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Buffer zone ruling
6:22 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Portland City Council Set to Repeal Buffer-Zone Law

Sign outside the clinic in downtown Portland where women are offered reproductive services, including abortions.
Credit Tom Porter

The Portland City Council tonight is expected to repeal an ordinance that allows for a protest-free buffer zone around a downtown health clinic that provides abortions.

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