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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.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is calling on residents to get tested for sexually transmitted infections amid a spike in cases of gonorrhea and syphilis in the state.

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.

A report says drug overdose deaths in Maine dropped 15 percent last year, but still account for about one death each day.

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Environment and health advocates gathered at the State House Wednesday morning to urge legislators to ban certain food-packaging that contain synthetic chemicals known as PFAS and phthalates.

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New York University's College of Dentistry operates outreach programs that routinely send its dental interns to far-off locales such as Sri Lanka, Nepal and Cambodia. But last week, the 40-member team returned to Maine's Washington County, where financial and transportation barriers prevent many Down East families from obtaining much needed dental care.

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The United States spends more per capita on prescription drugs than nearly a dozen other high income countries. In recent years, the prices of brand name drugs have shot up more than 60 percent.

Scores of people lined up to testify on legislation that will allow some terminally-ill patients to request life-ending medication. Unlike many bills before the legislature, this issue is not partisan — it is intensely personal.

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In several weeks, people with an addiction to opioids will be able to walk into a health care clinic in Bangor and receive medication that day to help them in their treatment and recovery process. It will be the first known time in Maine that people will have same-day access to Suboxone in a primary care setting.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the state has recorded its first pediatric death caused by influenza in three years.

Do certain household chemicals contribute to obesity in teenagers and osteoporosis later in life? That’s the focus of a study led by researchers at Maine Medical Center.

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Maine Senator Susan Collins is asking the Trump Administration for the prompt release of funds for a new lead remediation program.

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Vaccination rates in Maine continue to drop, according to an annual school immunization report released Friday by the state's Center for Disease Control (CDC).

State statistics report that more Maine residents have come down with the flu this year, but fewer cases resulted in hospitalization.

Thursday lawmakers on the Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Committee considered two bills that would limit the use of short term health insurance. The proposals are in response to the Trump administration recently expanding the availability of short term plans, which critics refer to as "junk" insurance.