Morgan True

Morgan True

Morgan True is VTDigger's health care reporter. A Seattle native, he graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism before working for several publications in Massachusetts. He came to VTDigger in December 2013 from The Brockton Daily Enterprise, where he covered government, schools and hospitals in a city of about 100,000 people. Before joining The Enterprise, he worked for The Associated Press in Concord, N.H., where he served as a relief reporter in the Statehouse. He previously worked for The Quincy (Mass.) Patriot Ledger and as an intern at the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram & Gazette. Many eyes are on Vermont as it moves toward universal health care coverage in 2017 and he is excited to be on the front lines.

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    Condos praises first mandatory online campaign filing cycle

    Candidates, PACs and political parties all filed campaign finance disclosures through the Secretary of State’s new online system for the first time this month. July 15 was the first campaign finance filing deadline in the 2016 election cycle, and it was also the first time filing online became mandatory. Secretary of State Jim Condos said […]

    Hospital revenue increases are below historical average, but inching up

    The entrance to Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    The 3.6 percent rise is below the average annual increase for the past 15 years of 6.8 percent, but has more than doubled in past three years.

    TDI to pay $720M over 40 years to state for transmission cable under Lake Champlain

    Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains in New York as seen from the waterfront in Burlington. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    The $1.2 billion, 1,000 megawatt New England Clean Power Link would carry hydroelectric and wind power generated in Canada to metropolitan energy markets in the Northeast.

    Federal program expands access to hospice for Medicare beneficiaries

    A nurse bandages a patient at Central Vermont Medical Center

    Dying patients would be able to enter hospice while still receiving curative treatment.

    Business interests weigh heavily on Scott’s gubernatorial decision

    Lt. Gov. Phil Scott is co-owner of DuBois Construction, an excavation company in Middlesex. Courtesy photo

    Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott wrestles with pulling away from his construction business to serve as governor.

    DEC’s Mears latest to announce departure from Shumlin team

    David Mears

    Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation David Mears is the 11th department head to leave the Shumlin administration in the past 12 months. Shumlin aide Aly Richards also leaving.

    Health Department to start weekly mosquito testing

    Health Department officials have begun weekly mosquito testing across the state and will post updates to its website of areas where mosquitos carrying illnesses are discovered. Last year, eight mosquito pools that tested positive for West Nile virus and eight others that tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis in Rutland and Franklin counties. Human illness […]

    McAllister sexual assault trial could coincide with 2016 session

    Norm McAllister

    Pretrial hearing and jury drawing set for February, but lawyers predict if the case against Sen. Norm McAllister, R-Franklin, goes all the way to trial it will be held after adjournment. McAllister says he’d like to remain in office

    GMP’s Carlson hosting Vermont PBS show not a conflict, CEO says

    Connect with Kristin

    “Connect … With Kristin Carlson” will avoid political and energy industry issues, Vermont PBS chief Holly Groschner said.

    Regional mental health, disability agencies to be reviewed in light of problems with Rutland program

    Dick Courcelle

    A review of designated agencies will be a priority for the House Human Services Committee when the Legislature reconvenes in January.

    Patient death after ketamine overdose spurs changes at UVMMC

    Vials in a row, stock photo. (Flickr/ZaldyImg)

    Despite the physician’s order for 100 milligrams of ketamine, the nurse chose to fill the syringe completely with a vial of 500 mg, anticipating they might need successive doses of the painkiller to achieve the desired effect.

    Public employees prepare for excise tax on health care benefits

    Vermont-NEA executive director Joel Cook looks on as a new plan to fund health care for retired teachers is discussed. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    A so-called “Cadillac tax” on generous health benefits is expected to kick in by 2018 unless changes are made. Private sector plans would be hit, too.

    Sanders’ leadership PAC pays administrative fines

    Sen. Bernie Sanders’ legislative leadership PAC, Progressive Voters of America, paid $7,690 in administrative fines last May, documents first obtained by the Vermont Press Bureau show. Legislative leadership PACs can be created by current and former members of Congress and are used to raise money and make donations to candidates for political office. Progressive Voters […]

    Sanders’ campaign looks to morph online supporters into offline activists

    Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal at a rally last month in front of the U.S. Trade Representative's office. Photo courtesy of Sen. Sanders office

    Sen. Bernie Sanders is getting most of his money, and presidential buzz, through the Internet. Now he’s looking to convince many of those political newcomers to do grassroots work. In Real Time.

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