Patty Wight

News Producer

Patty is a graduate of the University of Vermont and a multiple award-winning reporter for Maine Public Radio. Her specialty is health coverage: from policy stories to patient stories, physical health to mental health and anything in between. Patty joined Maine Public Radio in 2012 after producing stories as a freelancer for NPR programs such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She got hooked on radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, and hasn’t looked back ever since.

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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.

Patrick Semansky / Associated Press

Several progressive Maine advocacy groups are denouncing Monday night’s confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Maine is seeing higher levels of transmission of COVID-19.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

There are now 60 cases associated with the COVID-19 outbreak in Waldo County, and one person is hospitalized.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

There are 31 new cases of COVID-19 in Maine, according to the latest figures from the state CDC.

The state Department of Health and Human Services is launching a new program called StrengthenME to help Mainers cope with the stress of the pandemic.

Jay Field / Maine Public file

The New Balance factory in Skowhegan has been evacuated due to a hazardous materials incident.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The case count in a Waldo County COVID-19 outbreak has now reached 49 and is expected to grow.

Drug deaths continue to increase in Maine, according to the latest report from the state attorney general’s office.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The number of cases associated with a COVID-19 outbreak in Waldo County has grown to 46.

Brian Bechard / Maine Public file

Larry Lord, the maintenance worker who was severely injured in an explosion at the LEAP building in Farmington last fall, has filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Superior Court against CN Brown and Techno Metal Post.

Bill Trotter / Bangor Daily News

An outbreak of COVID-19 associated with a Waldo County church has grown to 42 cases and spread to a nursing home and several schools.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

A report from a Washington, D.C.-based think tank finds that if the Affordable Care Act is overturned, Maine would see the largest percent increase in the uninsured of any state. The Urban Institute estimates that 105,000 people would lose health insurance.

Michael Perez / Associated Press

Maine Democrats held a virtual press call in response to Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Hermon on Monday.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The latest numbers from the Maine CDC on Monday show cases of COVID-19 have risen by 23. The number of deaths is unchanged, at 146.