Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act marketplace begins next week.

The commissioner of Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services, Jeanne Lambrew, says for the third year in a row, premiums in the individual market in Maine have declined.

“The average premium in the individual health insurance market in Maine will be 13 percent lower next year compared to this year,” she says.

Open enrollment begins on Nov. 1 and ends Dec. 15.

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The pandemic has cost two Maine artists a million-dollar public art project.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is making many things more challenging — including, this year, voting.

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The two independent candidates in Maine’s U.S. Senate race have filed a formal complaint with the Federal Elections Commission for being excluded from this Wednesday’s debate hosted by Portland television station WMTW.

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Federal scientists are adjusting their estimate of how many endangered North Atlantic right whales are left on the planet down to 366 as of Jan. 2019. That’s a loss of 46 whales since the previous January.

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Maine poll workers on Tuesday can start processing an unprecedented deluge of absentee ballots that voters have mailed in or, in many cases, hand-delivered this month.

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With little more than a week left before the election, President Donald Trump spent Sunday campaigning in New England — including a surprise visit to the Pine Tree State. And Maine Democrats were quick to respond.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control is reporting 64 more cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

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The Maine CDC is reporting 42 additional cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.

AUGUSTA, Maine- The Maine Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry is investigating four cases of cryptosporidiosis, all in York County. The cases are thought to be linked to consumption of raw dairy products produced at a farm in Shapleigh.

Maine’s red-hot real estate market got a little hotter last month. The latest data from the Maine Association of Realtors show the median sale price of a home rose nearly 20 percent over Sept. 2019 levels, to more than $270,000.

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Over the past few years, Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro has repeatedly clashed with council members and faced an unsuccessful recall effort in 2018 after taunting a school shooting survivor in a social media post. He’s also been criticized for his anti-immigrant views.

Vice President Mike Pence used a quick trip to Hermon on Monday to reiterate the president’s central reelection argument that Democratic challenger Joe Biden is a “Trojan horse” for the “radical left” who will drive the American economy into a depression.

So far this budget year, Maine state revenues have been above estimates that were made after the pandemic forced many business closures. But state Labor Department economists warn that the federal stimulus programs that pumped billions into the state economy are almost exhausted.

As the state continues to investigate a growing outbreak in Waldo County, health officials have designated the county “yellow” as part its color-coded risk assessment for schools.