Health and health care news

Patty Wight / MPBN

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?

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine is getting its first 24-hour pharmacy.

Maine Medical Center in Portland is scheduled to open the state's first round-the-clock pharmacy on Monday.

It will allow patients to fill their prescriptions before being discharged, and will also be open to the public.

The closest 24-hour pharmacy is in Rochester, New Hampshire.

Patty Wight / MPBN

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.

Patty Wight / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - The new legislative session has barely gotten underway, and pro-choice groups are already gearing up for a fight over an innocuous-sounding bill they say could restrict abortion access.