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Maine health care providers are getting $145 million from the federal government as they focus on pandemic response, while many of their usual revenue sources have dried up.

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As the number of cases of COVID-19 in Maine climbs, and the need for testing increases, some health care providers say the state does not have enough protective equipment to meet the demand. It's a challenge that extends nationwide, with no easy solution.

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Maine now has two presumptive positive cases of the illness caused by the new coronavirus. A third preliminary positive case is still being examined. The individuals are from Androscoggin and Cumberland counties. With more cases of COVID-19 expected to develop, hospitals are ramping up to meet demand and advising who should get tested and where.

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Local, county and state officials from the greater Portland area met Wednesday to strategize and coordinate preparations for any possible outbreak of the new coronavirus. The safety of the public and of public servants alike is top-of-mind.

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Maine's new Death with Dignity law went into effect last fall, but some hospitals have delayed participation in the system it created. Now some Maine hospital systems have policies in place that allow physicians and other medical staff to take part.

PORTLAND, Maine - Research by the Maine Medical Center has found that many patients considered at high risk for opioid overdose were not prescribed an overdose-reversing drug.

The state's largest healthcare organization, MaineHealth, is launching a national search for two new leaders. The nonprofit announced Wednesday that CEO Bill Caron is retiring at the end of 2020, and President Rich Petersen will retire six months later.

A Maine-developed program aimed at preventing falls is now being used across the country. In testimony Wednesday before the Senate Aging Committee, Peggy Haynes of MaineHealth said that a program called "A Matter of Balance," trains seniors to help other seniors avoid falls.

The largest private employer in Maine plans to add paid parental leave to its list of benefits for employees.

Cancer patients living in rural Maine will have better access to clinical trials in their own communities because of a new $5 million federal grant.

The board of Brunswick-based Mid Coast-Parkview Health has voted to join MaineHealth.

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Mid Coast-Parkview Hospital in Brunswick is considering joining MaineHealth. The Mid Coast board recently voted to form an exploratory committee to move from a 25-year affiliation with MaineHealth to full integration.

It’s official — the members of MaineHealth will be unified under a single board as of Jan. 1.

The nonprofit healthcare organization MaineHealth has earned and maintained a strong credit rating as it prepares to borrow $300 million in bonds for an expansion project at Maine Medical Center.

The credit agency Moody’s assigned an A1 rating, and the agency Standard and Poor's assigned an A+ rating.

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MaineHealth announced Thursday that its 10 member organizations, including 8 hospitals, are uniting under a single board and a $2.5 billion budget.

Unification has been touted as a way to more easily share resources between hospitals and preserve services. But some experts say consolidation leads to higher prices.

The idea was first pitched about a year ago to address a challenge in health care, says MaineHealth president Bill Caron. That is, the increasing financial pressure on smaller, rural hospitals as more profitable services shift to larger health centers.