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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    Health officials: VT Ebola case highly unlikely, but state is prepared

    The Ebola virus. Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Trainings for health care providers emphasize asking patients about travel history and use of personal protective gear.

    State employee health plan premiums to increase 17.9 percent

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    State officials blame “greater than expected” high cost claims and premature “premium holidays” for wiping out an anticipated $30 million surplus as well as millions in reserve funds.

    CMS survey reveals near drowning in Brattleboro Retreat’s adolescent unit


    The incident happened on the Tyler 3 adolescent unit, where there have been two suicide attempts in the last six months

    Low reimbursements threaten Blueprint for Health despite promising results

    A nurse bandages a patient at Central Vermont Medical Center

    The state’s Blueprint for Health program is reducing health care costs by strengthening preventive care; but low payment rates could mean trouble for Blueprint in the near future. Lawmakers are considering raising those rates, but acknowledge it will be difficult in the current budget climate.

    Auditor slams state’s failure to track social service contracts  

    State Auditor Doug Hoffer. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    Doug Hoffer says the Agency of Human Services doesn’t always compare contractual requirements with services actually delivered by nonprofit contractors. As a result, he says, “the state cannot ensure that clients are receiving the services they need and the public is paying for.”

    Colleges, business groups lobby against budget cuts

    Woodruff Hall. Wikipedia image.

    State holds first of two public hearing on proposed cuts in the FY 2016 budget. Social services up next on Oct. 28.

    State signs $14.3 million expansion of Optum’s exchange contract


    The total amount Optum can earn is $29.4 million on a contract that currently runs through the end of January 2015.

    Sanders, VA secretary to talk careers at UVM, Dartmouth-Hitchcock

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will be joined by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Monday to speak with students at the University of Vermont College of Medicine about careers with the VA. A new federal law has drawn billions of dollars in funding into the VA to support increase residency slots at […]

    Federal law raises questions about who can bid for IT projects that support the exchange

    Vermont Health Connect feature

    The same provision may interfere with Hewlett-Packard’s plan to hire Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont as a subcontractor on a state health IT project.

    CMS termination letter cites ‘deficiencies’ at Retreat

    Brattleboro Retreat Psychiatric Hospital. Creative Commons photo/Flickr user pag2525

    CMS cites deficiencies in the Retreat’s governance, protection of patients’ rights and quality assurance program in letter notifying Brattleboro Retreat of Nov. 5 deadline. Retreat says it expects to keep certification.

    Underdogs spice up gubernatorial debate

    All seven candidates for governor meet in a debate Thursday at Vermont PBS in Colchester. From left: Peter Diamondstone, Cris Ericson, Dan Feliciano, Scott Milne, Bernard Peters, Emily Peyton and Gov. Peter Shumlin. Photo by Dorothy Dickie/VPT

    Ignored by previous debates, candidates with the least chance to win keep the favorites on their toes in Vermont PBS event.

    Former House Majority Whip to leave single-payer advocacy group

    Former Democratic Majority Whip Tess Taylor, will leave her current position with single-payer advocacy group Vermont Coalition for Universal Reform (Vermont CURE) after the Nov. 4 election. Taylor, a three-term representative from Barre, resigned from the legislature in March to join the group. Bram Kleppner, chair of the Vermont CURE board, told Vermont Public Radio […]

    Shumlin appoints economist to Green Mountain Care Board

    Gov. Peter Shumlin has appointed Middlebury College economics professor Jessica Holmes to the Green Mountain Care Board, his administration announced Wednesday The five-member board was created by the Legislature in 2011. It has broad authority to set payments for health care services, and currently sets rates for commercial health insurance products and the rate of […]

    AG  candidate calls for ban on ‘pay-to-play’ contributions

    Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell, center, leaves the U.S. Second District Court of Appeals in New York City. Photo by Andrew Stein

    Republican Shane McCormack says incumbent AG Bill Sorrell gave state business to a law firm that had donated to his campaign. Sorrell says the firm was hired for its expertise, not its connections.

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