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Blue Cross Vermont CEO Don George: Cost-shift nearly tripled since 2005 to $406 million

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:01pm -- tim

by Don George, President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) is an independent, not-for-profit Vermont company, governed and managed locally, and our sole focus is Vermont. One of our guiding principles is to put our members first, and at times it is important to advocate on their behalf. It is from that perspective that I offer this opinion.

$20,000 available for public policy projects to benefit Vermonters with developmental disabilities

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:36am -- tim

There is $20,000 in funding available through an award competition launched by the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council. VTDDC welcomes applications for projects that will engage individuals and organizations in advocacy activities that bring people together to educate and inform policy makers about the needs of people with developmental disabilities and their family members. Project grant awards may be made for up to $10,000 with potential for second year funding. The deadline is October 20, 2014. 

People’s United Bank takes over as title sponsor of Vermont City Marathon

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 10:52am -- tim

RunVermont introduced People’s United Bank Monday as the new title sponsor for the Vermont City Marathon. Beginning immediately, the marathon will be known as the People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon. KeyBank had been the title sponsor of the Burlington marathon for several years. The first race under the People's banner will be held Sunday, May 24, 2015. The Burlington marathon, which winds along Lake Champlain, was first run in 1989.

Two suicide attempts highlight troubles at the Brattleboro Retreat, raise doubts about state oversight

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 4:34am -- tim

by Morgan True Two teenagers have attempted suicide in the past five months at the Brattleboro Retreat. One of the patients who attempted suicide later died, and her parents say it was a “direct result” of her injuries at the hospital. The two cases and a recent sexual assault on the same adolescent ward could jeopardize federal funding for the psychiatric hospital.

Vermont AARP selects BMH as Host of the Year

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 3:34am -- tim

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital has been selected by the Vermont AARP Driver Safety Program as the 2014 Host of the Year. According to David Peters, the Vermont State program coordinator, BMH "has hosted our classes for 20 years and the staff has always provided a level of support and cooperation that is exceptional. I hope that, working together, we have been able to have an impact upon highway safety in Vermont."

The award will be presented at AARP's Annual State Meeting on October 29, 2014, at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. 

Advocate says exchange copays hurt low income Vermonters with chronic conditions

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 3:27am -- tim

by Morgan True Many people with chronic health conditions who are covered through Vermont’s exchange are finding it difficult to pay out-of-pocket costs for care, a consumer advocate says. Trinka Kerr, who leads Legal Aid’s Office of Health Care Advocate, told lawmakers this week that the problem is the way health plans offered through Vermont Health Connect are designed.

Welch unveils bipartisan bill to provide regulatory relief to community banks

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 4:51pm -- tim

At the Community National Bank in Montpelier Monday, Representative Peter Welch unveiled bipartisan legislation to provide targeted regulatory relief to small community banks across the country. Joining Welch at the news conference were community bank leaders from around the state, including Mark Young (First Bank of Orwell), Reagan Howard (Community National Bank), Ken Perrine (National Bank of Middlebury), Steve Kendall (Union Bank) and Chris D’Elia (Vermont Bankers Association). Also participating was Tom Candon with the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation.

State agencies work together to promote zero-emission vehicles

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 3:02pm -- tim

Today, Governor Peter Shumlin’s Climate Cabinet released the Vermont Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan. The Vermont Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan sets out tasks and timelines Agencies and Departments including Natural Resources, Transportation, Health, Public Service, and Buildings and General Services will take to promote electric vehicle deployment in Vermont. The Vermont Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan is the product of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed with seven other governors to put 3.3 million ZEVs on the road by 2025.

Norwich University kicks off $100 million campaign with $55 million in pledged gifts

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 9:43pm -- tim

Norwich University has raised $55 million towards its newly launched five-year, $100 million comprehensive fundraising campaign known as “Forging the Future.” University President Richard W Schneider made the announcement as he kicked-off the campaign Friday night to 1,200 alumni, donors, trustees, faculty and staff at a gala event in Shapiro Field House.