Health Care In Vermont

A Grant To Tackle Opioid Dependency Across The State

Earlier this month, it was announced that Vermont will receive a $3 million federal grant to expand treatment for opioid dependency in the state.

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Corrections Department Looks To Improve Health Oversight

Corrections Department Looks To Improve Health Oversight

The state of Vermont spends $20 million a year to provide medical services to inmates, and the Department of Corrections is about to try a new way to oversee the physical and mental health care its prisoners receive.

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Open Door Clinic Ends Rides For Migrant Workers

Open Door Clinic Ends Rides For Migrant Workers

Changes at a clinic in Middlebury have some concerned that migrant workers could lose access to medical care. 

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Documents Show Progress, Pitfalls At Vermont Health Connect

Documents Show Progress, Pitfalls At Vermont Health Connect

Gov. Peter Shumlin says a major software fix at Vermont Health Connect will finally solve shortcomings that have plagued the program since its launch in 2013. But state emails show that the technology is still very much a work in progress. And the documents show taxpayers might end up footing the bill for mistakes related to the transition.

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Nearly 6 Percent Increase Approved For Blue Cross Customers

Nearly 6 Percent Increase Approved For Blue Cross Customers

The Green Mountain Care Board has given its approval to a nearly 6 percent rate increase for individual customers of Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

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Planned Parenthood Defends Services Against NH Funding Cut

Planned Parenthood Defends Services Against NH Funding Cut

Over the past few weeks, a national news story has been unfolding about Planned Parenthood and how the organization handles fetal tissue after abortions. The controversy led a panel in New Hampshire to eliminate a state budget allocation to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, which serves Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire.

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Shumlin: Health Connect Website Fixes Are Starting To Work

Shumlin: Health Connect Website Fixes Are Starting To Work

Ten weeks ago, Gov. Peter Shumlin heralded the arrival of a new piece of software at Vermont Health Connect. Tuesday afternoon, the governor unveiled new numbers that he says show the program is back on track.

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Controlling Health Costs Still A Mixed Bag

Controlling Health Costs Still A Mixed Bag

Vermont hospitals submitted requests for budget increases this year that are much closer to the rate of inflation than they had been in the years before the Green Mountain Care Board had a role in controlling the cost of health care. But the chair of that board says the work is only partially done, and Vermont's health care system will be unsustainable if the state doesn't dismantle the fee-for-service payment model.

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Embattled Rutland Mental Health Agency Working To Keep Its $28 Million In Funding

Embattled Rutland Mental Health Agency Working To Keep Its $28 Million In Funding

Rutland Mental Health has come under intense scrutiny in recent months amid allegations of poor management, long wait times for services and substandard care.  

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White River Junction Researchers Open World's First 'PTSD Brain Bank'

White River Junction Researchers Open World's First 'PTSD Brain Bank'

The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is looking for brains. The center, in White River Junction, is run by the Department of Veterans Affairs and it's opening the world's first national brain bank for PTSD . It's a physical library of veterans' brain tissue to help researchers learn more about PTSD.

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