Thursday, October 29, 2015

Maine Falls Behind New England States in Reaching Uninsured Kids

Maine continues to fall behind other New England states when it comes to getting health insurance to children. A new report from the Georgetown Center for Children and Families ranks Maine 37th in the nation for kids without health insurance.

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EDUCATE MAINE RELEASES 2015 “EDUCATION INDICATORS FOR MAINE” REPORT

Educate Maine, a business-led education advocacy organization, released its third statewide snapshot of Maine’s education pipeline - early childhood through postsecondary - at a press conference at the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. "Education Indicators for Maine 2015" reports where Maine students stand within ten education indicators, compares them to students throughout New England, and connects benchmarks to each indicator. This year’s report finds both progress in some areas and a widening achievement gap among students from lower-income families.

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Our View: Burgeoning cost of child care cripples Maine families

The staggering cost of a college education has received a lot of attention recently, and rightfully so.

But in 33 states, including Maine, the cost of day care for an infant exceeds the cost of tuition at nearby public four-year institutions. The high price of child care is a burden for most families, especially those with multiple children. But it causes a particular struggle for low-income families and families led by single mothers.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Prescriptions for Health: Children without health insurance a growing problem in Maine

Maine has a child health crisis on its hands. In 2010, 4 percent of Maine children had no health insurance. In 2014 that percentage increased to 6 percent. This means that 16,000 Maine children are currently without health insurance. The real tragedy is that most of these children do qualify for insurance coverage.

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Strout: The Media’s Inexplicable Attack On DHHS

In the past few weeks, media outlets have slammed Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for the growing number of uninsured children in Maine.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Maine parents call for gun sales background checks

 Dozens of parents canvassed the streets on Saturday morning in Portland to gather signatures to get a gun referendum on the November 2016 ballot.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

State identifies Maine schools hit with chickenpox outbreaks

The state has released the names of three schools and a childcare facility where chickenpox broke out during the 2014-15 school year. While months have passed since the outbreaks occurred, the disclosure finally publicizes information that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services has resisted releasing.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Farmington daycare faces criticism after 2 children briefly disappear

Two 3-year-old children are safe after vanishing from a Farmington daycare. The Department of Health and Human Services is investigating. On Tuesday, the daycare owner spoke to CBS 13.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Maine CDC director supports strengthening state’s vaccine laws

Kenneth Albert wants to make it harder for parents to opt out, a position that may help the "informed consent" bill survive a possible second veto by the governor in 2017.

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Country music singer calls on LePage to do more for foster kids

Country music singer and songwriter Jimmy Wayne on Tuesday called on Gov. Paul LePage to do more to help the state’s foster children, advocating policy changes that would allow foster children to remain in the system until age 21.

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Exemptions make it too easy to skip mandatory school vaccinations

Maine’s philosophical exemption from required school vaccines is vague and has led to dangerously low immunization rates in some parts of the state. It should be eliminated. But Vermont’s experience with eliminating its philosophical exemption could offer Maine a cautionary tale. 
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Monday, October 12, 2015

Forced Removal of Native American Children From Parents Exposed in 13 Minutes

A 13 minute documentary about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), set up in Maine to investigate the forcible removal of Native American children from their homes over many years, debuts today.

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Maine Voices: Let’s declare Indian wars over

During the tenure of the Maine State-Wabanaki Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where we bore witness to testimony of the destruction of native families, communities and culture through unjust child welfare policies, it struck me hard that for so many of us, we’ve had our own culture erased from our souls. 
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The only problem that I have with this is that the Wabanaki aren't the only ones whose families have been destroyed through unjust child welfare policies.  Sure it's a different set of issues when you talk about the racial divide, but it's all the same baby-stealers.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Group proposes taxing top 2 percent to help state meet education funding law

A group of parents, teachers and business leaders, frustrated with the state’s continued failure to fund K-12 education to the point required by law, has launched a push to help the state meet that requirement by taxing the highest-income households.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Maine principal defends canceling dances over ‘grinding’

The principal of a Maine high school is defending a decision to cancel school dances, saying conflict had arisen between staff, students, and parents over students’ “grinding” at the events.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Parents want answers after toddler dies from E. Coli visiting Maine fair

The parents of a toddler say their son passed away after contracting E. coli at the Oxford County Fair in Maine.

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Our View: Kids falling through cracks in MaineCare coverage

Maine is the only state in the country where the number of uninsured children has risen significantly since 2010: from 4 percent of children in the state that year to over 6 percent – or about 16,000 children – in 2014. Which happens to be four years after Congress passed a measure aimed at offering all Americans more health insurance options.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Maine releases chickenpox outbreak records after Press Herald sues

The state on Friday released the names of three schools and a day care center where chickenpox outbreaks occurred during the 2014-15 school year, the result of a court settlement between the Portland Press Herald and the Department of Health and Human Services. 
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Yes, the state likes to keep their secrets and the news paper likes to make mountains out of mole hills.  Prior to this, they were making it sound like the great plague.  

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Health experts call for collaboration to reduce number of drug-affected Maine babies

At a daylong conference in Portland, doctors and other health care providers say treatment specialists, police, the medical community and others need to work together.

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