Senator Susan Collins
24 May 2014

Federal law enforcement officials recently conducted a nationwide sting and arrested 90 people, including 16 doctors, in a Medicare fraud scheme that cost the taxpayer-funded program at least $260 million.

For decades, the Government Accountability Office has identified Medicare as being at high risk for improper payments and fraud. In 2012, Medicare reported that it had lost more than $44 billion in improper payments due to waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement. And that estimate may well be too low.

robert may 23 2014
24 May 2014

The shade of a man I will never meet sometimes calls across decades and thousands of miles to remind me of a debt I will never repay. Every Memorial Day, my uncle's ghost whispers to me, my uncle who I never met. As I fire up my grill, load the cooler with ice and my favorite beers, and enjoy a long weekend, I must acknowledge one of the spirits that observes my life.

Senator Susan Collins
20 May 2014

One of the greatest privileges of serving Maine in the U.S. Senate is the opportunity I have to meet outstanding young people from our state who are devoting their time and energy to serving their local communities. Whether we meet in Washington or at home, I always come away from these meetings inspired by their commitment and encouraged for the future of our state and nation.

19 May 2014

Eat your vegetables. That’s what parents tell their children at dinner tables across America. And they do it because they want their children to grow up healthy and strong.

10 May 2014

Imagine this: an identity thief obtains social security numbers and other sensitive personal information from sources like hospitals, schools, or assisted living facilities, often by recruiting employees to steal that information. The perpetrator then uses this information to prepare and file fraudulent tax returns. As soon as the tax filing season opens in January, the criminal beats the real taxpayer to the IRS’s front door to increase the odds of stealing the refund.

bear april 25 2014
26 April 2014

Rep. Mike Nadeau has stepped forward to show his support for Maine's bear management programs by making a $2,000 donation to the Maine Wildlife Conservation Council. The Maine-based coalition to save Maine's bear hunt raised a total of $1,727,751.25 in 2004, when voters rejected a ban on bear hunting. The Humane Society of the United States is a large fundraising organization based in Washington D.C. It has no affiliation with local humane societies, and is again the proponent of trying to ban Maine's most effective bear management methods.

Senator Susan Collins
25 April 2014

Each year, some of Maine's most exceptional students are chosen to attend one of the United States military service academies. One of my greatest honors as a U.S. Senator is having the opportunity to nominate to the academies these exceptional students, many of whom will be our nation's future military leaders. The nomination process is again underway.

jimpancake april 26 2014
23 April 2014

Fiddlehead Focus has added a new segment to our news lineup called "Bits n' Pieces". Each week Fiddlehead Focus staff will select one or more pieces found online that may be in the form of a video, image, animation that we find noteworthy. The pieces will explore a variety of topics, and all pieces will be appropriate for every age and audience. Our goal is to shed light on some of the uplifting, funny, educational, and beautiful pieces out in the wild online world that our readers may never see.

treasure april 22 2014
22 April 2014

First, Happy Easter friends. Easter was one of my favorite holidays when my girls were young. Hiding Easter eggs was by far one of my most treasured traditions of my family. Every Easter from the time they were two, my husband and I hid Easter eggs, little buried treasures. The girls giggled, tumbled, planned, schemed and looked for those eggs for hours. As they grew, the eggs changed from chocolate, to candy filled, to dollar filled. Even as they grew older, the charm of the egg hunt didn't wear off. We hid eggs up until last year, the first year neither was home for Easter.

22 April 2014

There’s no denying it, America’s manufacturing sector has faced more than its share of tough challenges through the past few decades. But despite countless setbacks and roadblocks, our manufacturing base has – true to the American spirit – persevered with great strength and resilience. America is still the number one manufacturer in the world, and American-made products are still in high demand. That’s because we make quality goods here – and only the best in Maine.

collins fire april 21 2014
21 April 2014

In the early morning hours of Saturday, July 6, 2013, a freight train carrying more than a million gallons of crude oil was sent hurtling toward Lac-Megantic, a small, picturesque Canadian village located only 30 miles from the Maine border. The train derailed in the center of town, leveling several blocks and killing 47 residents. This was an unthinkable loss that touched every member of that close-knit community and so many people in our state.

logger april 7 2014
7 April 2014

ST. AGATHA- Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) has developed a one day seminar to help loggers and off road truckers become more profitable. The seminar follows up on a very successful logger business training program from last spring at the University of Maine Fort Kent.

Senator Susan Collins
7 April 2014

Maine has a robust and growing craft brewing industry, which employs more than 1,200 people. Our state is home to nearly 50 breweries producing quality beer from Bangor to Bar Harbor, Portland to Skowhegan, Biddeford to Whitefield and many communities in between. This growing industry has the potential to create even more new jobs in the future.

Yet, many small brewers are concerned with a proposed rule by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that they say could threaten this promising industry by unnecessarily increasing costs.

uss new mexico march
1 April 2014

Last weekend, I had the extraordinary experience of joining the Navy for a training exercise known as Ice Exercise (ICEX) to gain a deeper understanding of U.S. military operations in the Arctic and to learn about the region’s strategic value to our country. I’m a great believer in the power of firsthand experience and this trip provided me with invaluable knowledge that will better inform my work on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Senator Susan Collins
1 April 2014

Imagine being told by a doctor that you have a medical condition that requires invasive, painful, and expensive treatments-with the majority of the cost billed to the Medicare program-only to later learn that these treatments were not medically necessary after all. This is exactly what happened to a retired woman from Michigan who recently testified before the Senate Aging Committee, on which I serve as the Ranking Member.

26 March 2014

For my last piece, I'll tell you a little tale that has intrigued me from the time I heard it on my first day of work on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. To begin, I will backtrack to my first story of the Moir Farm and my fourth great-grandfather, Daniel O’Leary.

Senator Susan Collins
19 March 2014

Childcare for working parents is essential to families here in Maine and around the country. For years, the childcare and Development Block Grant Program (CCDBG) has assisted low-income parents in affording childcare. The support provided by this program enables parents to obtain safe, reliable, and affordable care for their children while they work or go to school to improve their own skills and education.

18 March 2014

One of the fun activities of winter is the study of wildlife tracks. If you live in the country, you can read tracks in the woods behind your house. If you are lucky enough to make forays into the north woods of Maine, studying animal sign takes on a completely new dimension.

youth team
17 March 2014

No one is sure who loses more sleep worrying about the decisions they have made…..parents or children. Today’s parents have a more difficult time monitoring, disciplining and protecting their children. Social media has created a whole new world and one that is difficult to navigate both for parents and young people. Fortunately the Community Alcohol and Drug Education Team (CADET) and the Power of Prevention Program will host a program for parents on Wednesday, March 26 at the Caribou Middle School.

Macho Chef
14 March 2014

As a man who enjoys the taste of beer, I have on occasion found myself inside of bars.

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