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Josephson: Abolishing IMD exclusion will put teeth in war on opioid addiction

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 4:32am -- tim

by Louis Josephson, PhD Since the 1960s, US hospitals and healthcare facilities that provide more than 16 beds for the care of people with psychiatric and addiction issues have been known in legislative terms as Institutions for Mental Disease (IMD). Today, this designation has come to represent a significant barrier for Medicaid enrollees who suffer from psychiatric and drug-related issues.

Snelling Center celebrates the 3rd Early Childhood Leadership Institute class

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 4:22am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Snelling Center for Government is pleased to announce the graduates of the Early Childhood Leadership Institute Class of 2017. The Early Childhood Leadership Institute is a unique leadership and personal transformative institute, initiated in 2014 to stimulate enthusiasm for and effective participation in efforts to improve early childhood work in Vermont. The Class of 2017 became the 3rd graduating class with graduates joining a professional network of more than 900 Vermont Leadership Network Alumni. 

Give the gift of adventure and support Vermont State Parks

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 3:26am -- tim

Vermont State Parks This holiday season, Vermont State Parks invites you to purchase holiday gift packages, park passes, and gift certificates for friends and family. Not only will they benefit the recipient, but they’ll benefit the parks, too. This year’s popular gift packages are all new with colorful, useful gear designed to make your outdoor adventures both stylish and fun. These packages come fully wrapped and ready to give. They can be ordered online, and shipping is free. 

This year’s offerings are:

Sanders organizes ‘Vermont Day’ at Boston’s Kennedy Institute

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 3:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine More than 100 students from four Vermont high schools traveled to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate on Wednesday as part of the first “Vermont Day” to learn about democracy, civic discourse and the legislative process. The trip, organized by US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), enabled Vermont students to travel to the Kennedy Institute, which is located on the campus of the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Students from Poultney High School, Twinfield Union School, West Rutland School and Woodstock High School participated.

Regulators ensure OneCare Vermont avoids antitrust problems

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 2:13pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Green Mountain Care Board is now reviewing the 2018 budget of ACO OneCare Vermont, a network of health care providers that includes hospitals, federally qualified health centers and independent practitioners. This group is responsible for the quality, cost and overall care of the patients attributed to it. The Vermont Legislature in 2016 charged the Green Mountain Care Board with the oversight of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Health care providers participating in an ACO can collaborate with each other, rather than compete, in an effort to lower overall health care costs, coordinate patient care, and improve patient outcomes. To avoid antitrust challenges, the state must provide sufficient oversight to ensure that the ACO is acting in the public’s interest.

State releases plan to cut phosphorus in Lake Memphremagog

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 12:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Most of the phosphorus load in Lake Memphremagog is from agricultural activities and the state has developed a plan to reduce such pollution by a third. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is holding two public meetings to present the Lake Memphremagog, Coaticook and Tomifobia Rivers Tactical Basin Plan, which outlines how the state will achieve new phosphorus pollution targets for the Memphremagog Watershed in Vermont. ​The US Environmental Protection Agency recently approved the Lake Memphremagog phosphorus TMDL or Total Maximum Daily Load, which calls for a 29 percent reduction in phosphorus flowing off the land into the lake. Too much phosphorus causes nuisance plant and algae growth and occasional cyanobacteria blooms that limit recreational use of the lake.

GMP, SunCommon to build affordable solar in Middlebury

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power and SunCommon today announced a partnership to build a rooftop solar array at Green Mountain Power’s Middlebury Service Center, and make it available to low income customers. The 325-panel project will serve about 35 residential customers, with priority given to local Middlebury residents. The first-of-its-kind program helps low-income households go solar.

Vermont's Weidmann partners with Mexico's Orto

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weidmann Electrical Technology, the St Johnsbury-based global leader in electrical insulation, components, engineering and diagnostics products and services for transformer manufacturers and owners/operators; and Orto de Mexico SA de CV, a world class manufacturer of controls, instruments, transformer accessories, monitors and sensors for electrical applications, have launched of a full line of Weidmann branded transformer accessories, controls and instrumentation.

Former Tax Commissioner Mary Peterson opens Rath office in Montpelier

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 9:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Rath, Young and Pignatelli, PC, based in Concord, NH, has announced that Mary N Peterson, former Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Taxes, has joined the Tax Practice Group in its new Montpelier Office. Peterson’s practice will focus on state and local tax, energy and other regulated industries, administrative practice and public policy. Peterson has extensive experience in state and local matters, as well as utility regulation, commercial contracts, lender liability, bankruptcy, and securities.

Robert De Cormier, 1922-2017

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 9:45am -- tim

Counterpoint Vocal Ensemble Dear Friends: We mourn the passing Tuesday of Robert De Cormier, and we celebrate his indelible legacy. His vision guided and continues to guide the music we sing and how we sing it. Robert founded Counterpoint in 1999. After forming the ensemble, he led it with an extraordinary passion and artistry that sought to access the communal meanings of the music we sang, both for and with our audiences.

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