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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Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has signed a bill into law that sets a goal of ending hunger in Maine by 2030. The task force will be led by the Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry.

Hepatitis A has been confirmed in a food service worker in Caribou.

Maine once again ranks among the top five states in the U.S. for hospital safety, according to the latest scores from the Leapfrog Group.

Maine’s highest court is considering a custody dispute over a former couple’s dog. Justices are being asked to issue an advisory opinion about pet custody when an unmarried couple ends a relationship.

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Maine has joined 43 other states in an antitrust lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies for artificially inflating prices and reducing competition.

Maine students are placed in seclusion and restraints at a rate four to eleven times higher than the national average. Those figures come from a report released by Disability Rights Maine on Monday, ahead of a public hearing on a bill to ensure schools adhere to state rules restricting the practice.

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A new study on hospital prices from the RAND corporation finds that patients with private insurance in Maine pay nearly three times what Medicare would pay for the same service.

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The Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) is cancelling a dozen construction projects this year because of surging costs.

School officials in Lisbon say they’re working to help students feel safe in the wake of an alleged sexual assault on school grounds.

Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services is launching an initiative to improve care and services for seniors and adults with disabilities.

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The latest agriculture census released last month found that Maine lost 10 percent of its farmland from 2012-2017 — about 146,000 acres worth. The number of farms also declined by nearly 600.

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Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) in Lewiston is at risk of losing federal funding after inspections identified several issues, including a case in which a patient was paralyzed. The Sun Journal first reported Thursday that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found CMMC deficient in safety and quality.

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When Janet Mills ran for governor, she promised to expand Medicaid to help combat the opioid crisis. Her campaign estimated that 25,000 Mainers couldn’t access treatment for substance use disorder either because of a lack of capacity or a lack of insurance.

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Four months after Gov. Janet Mills expanded Medicaid, nearly 19,000 low-income Mainers have signed up, and it’s estimated that another 50,000 are eligible.

There was broad support at a public hearing before Maine's Health and Human Services Committee Friday for a proposal that would establish a voluntary certification program for recovery residences. Sometimes referred to as sober houses, the residences are supposed to be safe places where people can stay while recovering from addiction, but a lack of regulation has some lawmakers and advocates concerned.