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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    Mental Health Commissioner Paul Dupre to step down next month

    *+-Department of Mental Health Commissioner Paul Dupre is stepping down June 12, he said Wednesday. A spokesman for Gov. Peter Shumlin said Agency of Human Services Secretary Hal Cohen is in the process of interviewing candidates to replace the outgoing commissioner. Cohen said Wednesday that over the past few months he’s been “putting out some […]

    New complaint filed in Sorrell campaign finance case

    Bill Sorrell

    *+-Attorney Brady Toensing says Attorney General Bill Sorrell accepted legal representation from a Burlington attorney who had clients with a case brought by the AG’s Office.

    Legislative Wrap: Big expectations, few results on health care

    Kellie Lafaille takes Kim Kennison's blood pressure at The Health Center in Plainfield. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

    *+-When Gov. Peter Shumlin took single-payer off the legislative agenda and lawmakers nixed his $90 million payroll to boost Medicaid, not much was left.

    UVM Medical Center makes pitch to regulators for new facility

    Architect's drawing shows Fletcher Allen Health Care's proposed inpatient facility. Courtesy of Fletcher Allen

    *+-Hospital officials are making the case for a planned seven-story building that will house 128 single-occupancy rooms.

    Vermont Health Connect insurers request premium increases

    *+-The two insurers participating in the Vermont Health Connect insurance exchange are seeking rate increases from state regulators for next year’s plans. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont is seeking an 8.4 percent increase and MVP Health Care is seeking a 3 percent increase over their 2015 rates, according to filings with the Green Mountain […]

    Lawmakers reach late-stage deal to ‘keep the lights’ on for health care reform

    House members

    *+-Lawmakers rejected the payroll tax, and struggled to find funding for a greatly diminished health care bill. Many legislators were at loss to explain what happened.

    Lobbyist disclosure bill on its way to passage

    Reps. Kurt Wright, R-Burlington, and Patti Komline, R-Dorset, unveil their proposal in a press conference at the Statehouse Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDigger

    *+-The measure would prohibit lobbyists from making donations to legislative PACs throughout a biennium.

    Shumlin disappointed with ‘mighty slim’ health care bill

    Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals

    *+-High hopes for significant health care reform punctured by political and economic reality.

    Elimination of philosophical exemption easily survives challenge

    Peter Shumlin

    *+-An effort to reconsider House approval of a bill that revokes the philosophical exemption for school immunization fails. Governor says he’s likely to sign it.

    House votes to remove philosophical exemption to school entry vaccines

    House members

    *+-Legislators decided 85-57 that protecting public health trumps parental rights in regard to childhood vaccinations.

    McAllister charges highlight ‘survival sex,’ economic exploitation, advocates say

    Courtney Gabaree, a  youth advocate at H.O.P.E. Works testifies about sex trafficking at a Senate committee hearing Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    *+-Victim’s advocates in Vermont suggest that sexual predators often look to exploit their victim’s poverty to exert control and prevent them from going to authorities.

    Highgate residents shocked, but withhold judgment

    The dairy farm of Sen. Norman McAllister, R-Franklin, on the Highgate-Franklin line. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    *+-Residents in Sen. Norm McAllister’s district are waiting to see whether allegations of sexual assault are true.

    New details: McAllister pleads not guilty to sex charges

    Sen. Norm McAllister, a 63-year-old Republican from Franklin, did not answer questions Friday as he entered Franklin Superior Court in St. Albans for  arraignment on sexual assault charges. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    *+-Sen. Norm McAllister, arrested at the Statehouse Thursday, charged with three counts of sexual assault and three counts of a prohibited act.

    Senate passes health care package, but funding source rankles some business owners

    Mike Comeau

    *+-Senate’s version increases employer assessment to fund the $11 million package.

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