health care

health care

Despite vetoing it five times, Gov. LePage has no idea how health care expansion works

Either Governor Paul LePage has been operating under some false assumptions about the costs and benefits of accepting federal funding to expand health care in Maine as he has vetoed

reproductive freedom

Award-winning abortion documentary screening in Bangor tonight

Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center, Maine’s only independent feminist health center and Bangor’s local abortion provider is presenting Trapped, an award-winning documentary film about the battle to keep abortion safe

Susan Collins

Gov. LePage is melting down

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike discuss the series of strange comments and reactions from Gov. Paul LePage, the possibility of a referendum on health care expansion,

Roger Katz

If Republicans don’t support health care expansion, the people of Maine may act

This Friday, depending on which way the legislature votes, 70,000 Mainers who are working hard and just scraping by could finally gain access to health care coverage. Another 4,000 Mainers

podcast

Gov. LePage in Bangor and more votes on health care and the minimum wage

In this episode of the Beacon Podcast, Mike describes a touching moment between him and Governor Paul LePage and Ben explains what happened in two strange votes in the State

drug policy

Rachel Maddow blasts Gov. LePage for veto denying life-saving drug

In a fifteen-minute segment on her MSNBC show last night, Rachel Maddow explored Maine’s heroin epidemic in-depth, discussed Sen. Angus King’s efforts to make the overdose treatment drug nalaxone more

public assistance

Rich Mainers live up to a decade longer than their poor counterparts

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association offers further evidence of the effects of income inequality on health and well-being.  Using data from the Social

economy

Analysis: Mercury rule will save lives in Maine

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has completed an analysis showing that reducing emissions of mercury and other toxic substances would have enormous health benefits. The power industry and several states

health care

Health care expansion fails in Senate after Republicans Katz and Woodsome flip

After Republican Senator Tom Saviello’s bill to accept federal funding for MaineCare expansion passed by a single vote in the Senate on Tuesday and was subsequently passed in the House

economy

A waning session and a last-ditch attempt to undermine the minimum wage

Are corporate lobbyists ignorant or evil? That and other important questions are addressed on this week’s Beacon Podcast, as Ben and Mike explain what to expect in the last few