UPDATE: White House confirms Obama will visit Maine next week

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PORTLAND — The White House confirmed today that President Barack Obama will visit the Portland area on April 1 to promote the health-care overhaul that became law this week.

The president’s visit was announced this morning by U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine.

“This reform is historic, it helps small businesses, seniors and average Americans and the President’s visit is going to highlight those benefits,” Pingree said in a press release. “It’s exciting to have him come to our state.”

The White House Office of Media Affairs and Pingree’s office said further details of the president’s trip to Maine will be released over the next few days.