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Audit questions cost savings and health outcomes of OneCare Vermont

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 5:06pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer released this week the first part of series of audit reports on OneCare Vermont. OneCare is a collaboration of the University of Vermont Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state and the federal government. The concept is to pay health care providers a lump sum to provide preventative care, which in the long run will save the entire health care system a lot of money.

Weinberger statement on Independence Day celebrations and illegal fireworks

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 4:51pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger has issued the following statement: Like so much, since the pandemic began, Independence Day this year is very different and presents unique risks.  This holiday weekend I urge Burlingtonians and our neighbors to stay vigilant in our efforts to keep the virus in check by minimizing exposure to the “Three Cs” — crowds, close contact settings, and closed in spaces. 

Weekly unemployment claims up more than 700

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 12:05pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine After a steep decline as the economy began to reopen in April, initial unemployment claims for the last several weeks have flattened and are holding in the 2,000 per week range. They hit their peak in early April. As the governor has continued to open up the economy, the weekly unemployment insurance claims fell rapidly until early June. The last few weeks has seen them bouncing up and down.

Fill out the US Census form!

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 11:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Scott continues to urge Vermonters to complete the US Census form. Millions of dollars in federal funding is at stake. Vermont has one of the worst response rates in the nation. If Vermont is under-counted, then the state could lose some of that funding, which would just go to some other state. The easiest way to complete it is online at  You can also do it by calling 844-330-2020.

Labor Dept urges public to be vigilant amid national threat of unemployment insurance fraud

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 11:05am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Amid a national concern for identity theft and a subsequent threat of fraudulent unemployment insurance claims increasing, the State of Vermont and Department of Labor have taken steps to increase monitoring and awareness for unemployment insurance fraud. Cases of fraudulent unemployment claims associated with identity theft occur when an individual’s identity has been stolen and a claim has been opened in their name. This is also known as “imposter fraud.” While the theft of the identity likely occurred in the months and years prior to COVID-19 as part of national and global data breaches, the Department of Labor wants individuals to be aware of steps it is taking to monitor fraud, and how to prevent theft from occurring in the first place.

Vermont state historic sites now open for the season

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 10:47am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Division for Historic Preservation has announced the Vermont State Historic Sites opened on a limited basis the week of July 1. The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch and the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell opened Wed., July 1. On Fri., July 3, the Bennington Battle Monument in Bennington, Hubbardton Battlefield in Hubbardton, Chimney Point in Addison, and Senator Justin Morrill Homestead in Strafford opened. The President Chester A.

Vermont Research News: Police budgets, nature areas, grocery trips down, and more

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 9:01am -- tim

Vermont Research News While much recent attention has focused on urban police forces, such as the move to cut the Burlington police budget, town spending on police services has also grown. Student researchers with the Legislative Intern Policy Center collected data from 140 towns on how much they spend on police services. Some towns spend a lot and some spend very little. Per capita town-level spending ranges from almost zero to above $400. Also, In a sample of interviewed participants around Burlington, 25.8% had either never, or very rarely accessed their local natural areas before the pandemic.

Schubart: Vermont has too many hospitals

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 6:32am -- tim

by Bill Schubart As a grateful user of Vermont’s healthcare system (UVM hip replacement last year), an observer of its growth (the house I grew up in in Morrisville was next to a pasture in which the current Copley Hospital was built in 1958), and a participant in its growth (I chaired Fletcher Allen in 2003). I value and care deeply about healthcare in Vermont. And, full disclosure, I’m an advocate for universal healthcare coverage and hope to see it in my lifetime.

Welch highlights transformative infrastructure bill

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 3:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Representative Peter Welch was in Winooski Wednesday to highlight sweeping infrastructure legislation expected to pass the US House of Representatives.  The event was held near two Winooski projects that could benefit from the passage of the bill and included Winooski Mayor Kristine Lott, local developer Jacquie Dagesse and Vermont State Senator Dick Mazza.

AT&T expands wireless to enhance communications across Vermont

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 3:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine AT&T customers across Vermont are getting a major boost in their wireless connectivity. They've expanded their 4G LTE network coverage across the state. Additionally, they’ve launched two new, purpose-built cell sites to give first responders access to FirstNet, the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders and the extended public safety community.