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Welch, House task force unveil agenda to combat opioid epidemic

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 4:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) and House colleagues on the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic unveiled their legislative agenda to battle the opioid epidemic ravaging communities in Vermont and across the country. “Across Vermont, families and communities are struggling with the scourge of opioid addiction,” said Welch. “This Task Force has established a comprehensive agenda to support states, communities, providers, public safety agencies, and nonprofits who are on the front lines of this public health emergency.

Scott urges Senate leaders not to harm Vermonters' Medicaid

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 4:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, Governor Phil Scott sent the following letter to US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer regarding the Senate’s consideration of the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Scott said he remains concerned over the harmful impact this legislation could have on Vermonters, including provisions in the bill relating to the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare).

AGs argue that Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan filed an amicus brief filed with the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, arguing that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The brief was led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and signed by Donovan and Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen. This week marks the second anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which recognizes the constitutional rights for same sex couples to marry.

South Burlington residents saved nearly $450,000 on electric bills in two years

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Over the last two years, South Burlington residents saved big in electricity costs, slashing 6% from their bills, or nearly $450,000 in real savings. How did they do it? It began when the City participated in the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition—offering a $5 million incentive prize to the community that leads the way in energy efficiency. The effort was led by The South Burlington Energy Committee, which has been active since 2008 and has a mission to promote energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy.

Hoffman: Act 60 turns 20

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:43am -- tim

by Jack Hoffman The Equal Educational Opportunity Act, better known as Act 60, is 20 years old on Monday. On June 26, 1997, at an outdoor ceremony in Whiting, Governor Howard Dean signed into law Vermont’s unique and groundbreaking education funding system. As we face tensions over school consolidation and who should determine teachers’ health insurance benefits, it’s worth remembering what Vermont has already achieved in school funding.

Sanders introduces bill to expand community health centers

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and House Assistant Democratic Leader Representative James E. Clyburn (D-SC) announced legislation Monday that would double the number of patients community health centers have the capacity to serve, to reach 50 million in 2028 – a goal outlined in the 2016 Democratic Party platform. Sanders has been a leader in saying that the Republicans are attempting to force through a bill (to replace Obamacare) that would make health care unaffordable for millions of Americans.

DRM launches patent competition

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 9:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC is launching its first annual patent competition. Targeting early-stage companies and promising startups, the grand prize is $10,000 of legal services, to be used toward the filing of a utility patent application. It is critically important for early-stage companies with new technology to protect their intellectual property, but it can be difficult to find the resources to invest in patent protection.

Kismet Place grand opening brings holistic health care to Chittenden County

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 5:37am -- hannah@vermontb...

Vermont Business Magazine Over 200 people attended the Kismet Place Grand Opening Celebration Monday evening. Kismet Place is home to multiple businesses including the RehabGYM, Pingala Café and Eatery, Scott Benjamin Physical Medicine, Pulse Cycle & Fitness Studio, Kids’ RehabGYM, Curiosity Counseling and Nectar Nutrition, and a Community Fitness Studio hosting a wealth of independent fitness businesses. Kismet is an innovative model of community fitness and health.

Community celebrates Copley Hospital’s new surgical center

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 5:25am -- hannah@vermontb...

Vermont Business Magazine Wide eyes, bright smiles, and several yards of blue ribbon marked two milestones for Copley Hospital and more than 200 community members on Wednesday evening, June 21. They were on hand to celebrate the James and Mary Louise Carpenter Surgical Center and the completion of the largest successful capital campaign in the hospital’s history.  The ribbon cutting ceremony was held almost three (3) years to the day after the hospital announced plans to build a new Surgical Center. 

Chittenden Clinic receives three-year CARF accreditation

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 4:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Howard Center’s Chittenden Clinic at San Remo Drive in South Burlington was just notified that it has been awarded a three-year accreditation—the highest level of accreditation—from CARF International, an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human service organizations. In addition, the Clinic received a three-year recertification from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

NMC honors employees marking milestones of service

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 2:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Northwestern Medical Center recently held its annual Employee Recognition Banquet, recognizing staff at five year milestones of service. The yearly event honors NMC’ers who reach the five-year mark and then those at each 5 year increment above that milestone. Over 90 employees were honored this year, and the total of their years of services was 1,010! The highest numbers for years of service were 25, 30 and 40 years. Staff in those top categories included: