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Job creation grants available to several Maine counties

The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development is seeking applications for grants intended to spur job creation in the state’s economically disadvantaged regions.

Veto likely for last Medicaid expansion effort

Gov. Paul LePage is likely to veto the Maine Legislature’s last effort to expand Medicaid in Maine, which was passed in both chambers on Thursday night.

Planning commission lands $500K grant

The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration has awarded a $500,000 grant to the Southern Maine Regional Planning and Development Commission to capitalize a...

Report warns of serious health care worker shortage

A report released Tuesday by the Maine Department of Labor concludes that the state could face a serious shortage of health care professionals in dentistry and psychology in the coming...

Budget that cleared committee faces veto

The state’s budget-writing appropriations committee has given unanimous approval to a spending plan that closes a $30 million gap in the next fiscal year, but Gov. Paul LePage...

LePage vetoes Medicaid expansion bill

Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill to expand Medicaid coverage to around 70,000 low-income people, and the veto is likely to be upheld in the Legislature.

Medicare data gives unprecedented look at reimbursements

Maine doctors and health care providers received around $300 million from Medicare’s fee-for-service program in 2012, around 3.8% of the nearly $77 billion spent...

Pharmacy leader files complaint against Canadian drug co.

The president of the Maine Pharmacy Association has filed a complaint with state regulators alleging a Canadian pharmaceutical company broke state law by selling him drugs...

Harvard Pilgrim plans ACA exchange offerings for 2015

The Massachusetts-based nonprofit insurance carrier Harvard Pilgrim Health Care plans to be the third insurer to offer plans on Maine’s federally run health care exchange in...

King calls for raising ACA employer mandate threshold

U.S. Sen. Angus King has co-sponsored three bills to tweak the federal health care reform law, including a bill that would exempt businesses with 50 to 100 employees from a...