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Clinicians call cuts in Medicaid group therapy rate shortsighted

Danielle Seymour (left) and Mary Thompson, outpatient therapists for Washington County Mental Health Services, chat in the group therapy room at the organization's Berlin facility. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger
The state will cut Medicaid reimbursements for group therapy sessions in half next year. Officials say the cut will help address Medicaid’s anticipated $40 million shortfall. Clinicians say patients will suffer.

 

Public Assets Institute, faith groups call for ‘moral economy’

Paul Cillo, president of the Public Assets Institute, testified before the House Education Committee. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger
Policy groups say the state should set budgets based on the need for services and adjust tax policy to reach that target.

 

State looks to grow hemp at medical marijuana dispensaries

A field of hemp. Photo courtesy of Vote Hemp
Legislative rules panel hears a request to allow the production of hemp and the extraction of oil that would be used in seizure control.

 

NECI begins partnerships with Coast Guard, Sandals Resorts

Culinary Graduation line
The New England Culinary Institute will provide customized training for resort employees and Coast Guard chefs as a way to increase its student volume.

 

Shumlin administration calls for level-funded budget

Justin Johnson
Letter urges commissioners and secretaries to plan for spending at fiscal year 2016 levels. Human services and education expenditures are expected to put more pressure on the 2017 budget.

 

Lawyers recommend new $50 million settlement in milk price lawsuit

Dairy farms
Settlement would also allow small farms to leave the Dairy Farmers of America and join another cooperative.

 

Supreme Court ruling clears the way for Champlain Parkway

Champlain Parkway
A long-delayed alternate route from I-189 in South Burlington to downtown Burlington appears to be on its way to construction.

 

Shumlin, Smith call for paid sick leave on Women’s Equality Day

Cary Brown (left), the executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, and House Speaker Shap Smith rally in support of paid sick leave Wednesday in Burlington. Photo by Sarah Olsen/VTDigger
A statewide paid sick leave bill will be taken up by the Senate in January. The bill prohibits Vermont companies from penalizing employees for taking a sick day.

 

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2015 VTDigger/Castleton Institute Poll

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VTDigger / Castleton Institute Poll

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Commentary

Jen Kimmich: Reflections on Irene

As another Irene anniversary passes, I urge my fellow Vermonters to not just reflect on that which we have lost – but think about what we must do to protect…

Trine Bech: Making the child protection system work

The Vermont child protection system is too often experienced by parents as a punitive system.

Sue Racanelli: Taking stock on Women’s Equality Day

There is more — much more — to be done to get us further down the road to equality for all women.

Quote of the Day

“I love Bernie. I have a lot of respect for him. I’m very glad he’s running. We want Hillary Clinton as president.” — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin

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