Tag Archives: Mary Mayhew

Maine CDC: Focus public health efforts to fight opiates, smoking

Maine’s public health system will look different under a road map released Friday by Gov. Paul LePage’s administration, which aims to use tobacco settlement money in a more focused way to fight opiate abuse and smoking. Advocates were still digesting a 75-page request for proposals released by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday afternoon. But it’s […]

Mayhew to address Legislature’s watchdog committee on Riverview

Good morning from Augusta, where the story of the day will be long-awaited testimony from Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew on staffing concerns at Riverview Psychiatric Center. The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee voted last month to ask Mayhew and Jay Harper, the superintendent of the state-run psychiatric hospital on Augusta’s […]

Maine again looks to ban soda, candy purchases with food stamps

Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has called a Monday news conference to announce another proposal to ban soda and candy purchases with food stamps, a long-standing goal of the governor, who has floated similar changes since 2013. It’s an uphill battle: Federal law doesn’t allow states to regulate purchases under the federal and state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, so Maine has to ask the […]

LePage, Mayhew tout bond rating as proof welfare cuts have worked

Gov. Paul LePage. BDN file photo by Gabor Degre

Good morning from Augusta, where the snow continues to melt around the State House and the stack of bills awaiting their first day in the sun is similarly shrinking. Two high-profile bills are up for work sessions in the Health and Human Services Committee. The first, but Rep. Joyce McCreight, D-Harpswell, would expand Medicaid coverage […]

Daily Brief: LePage preparing 20 budget bills; clean elections headed back to the ballot

Good morning, folks. We’re still in orientation mode at the State House.  The Legislature’s policy committees are ramping up to full speed this week with a long list of introductory and informational meetings scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. Despite the attention that the House and Senate garner when bills finally make their way there, the […]

DHHS to release Alexander Group report on Medicaid expansion Friday

Mary Mayhew at a news conference

A day after being urged by the attorney general to release a much sought-after study on a potential Medicaid expansion in Maine, Gov. Paul LePage announced that the report — and its author — would be made available to the press on Friday. The report, titled “The Feasibility of Medicaid Expansion in Maine under the […]