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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    Italia’s Africa trip was discovered by Deputy State’s Attorney

    Peter Italia outside Conakry airport in Guinea with his friend and guide Francis, who is from Sierra Leone. Peter Italia Facebook photo

    The first official discovery of Peter Italia’s visit to West Africa came from a county prosecutor, who was seeking him as a witness in an unrelated case. She noticed Italia’s postings on Facebook, and triggered a series of events that led to Italia’s voluntary confinement upon his return to America.

    Vermont Health Connect customers encouraged to renew offline

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    Existing Vermont Health Connect customers looking to renew coverage during the open enrollment period that starts Nov. 15 will be asked to avoid the exchange’s web portal, a state official said. Chief of Health Care Reform Lawrence Miller said the VHC web portal is expected to relaunch before Nov. 15, but those seeking changes will […]

    Rutland man being monitored for Ebola is identified

    Peter Italia outside Conakry airport in Guinea with his friend and guide Francis, who is from Sierra Leone. Peter Italia Facebook photo

    Peter Italia penned a Facebook trail describing his attempts to help Ebola victims and his frustration with not being taken seriously as a medical professional. Italia has written about time travel and claims to have a medical degree from the Dominican Republic.

    State prepares to help people with Affordable Care Act tax changes

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    Some Vermonters will see changes in tax-filing requirements because of the Affordable Care Act. State officials are preparing to offer information to those affected.

    Vermonter quarantined to test for Ebola

    Tracy Dolan, acting Health Commissioner, joined Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday at a news conference regarding a person who is under quarantine after returning from West Africa, where the deadly Ebola virus has claimed nearly 5,000 lives. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

    A Rutland man who recently returned from Sierra Leone and Guinea in West Africa has agreed to be held in 21-day quarantine to monitor him for the deadly virus that has killed 5,000 people this year.

    Court rules RGA-affiliated PAC accepted too much in contributions

    The Republican Governors Association violated Vermont law by accepting campaign contributions that exceeded state limits, the Vermont Superior Court ruled last week. In an earlier ruling, the RGA was found to have violated election laws during the 2010 gubernatorial campaign, because it failed to register and file campaign finance reports with the Secretary of State. […]

    Feds won’t let Vermont have Medicare cash; seniors’ need for gap coverage under single-payer unknown


    Gov. Peter Shumlin has said he wants a true single-payer system that covers all Vermonters, including seniors on Medicare, but the framework that would have rolled Medicare into Green Mountain Care is not an option, according to health officials.

    Medicare repayments won’t impact hospital services, but will hurt bottom lines

    Central Vermont Medical Center's Emergency Room. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    The repayments are the result of Medicare enforcing a 2012 policy change that many hospital executives say was unexpected. The policy change has been applied retroactively to 2010.

    State awards $2.6 million in health care reform grants

    The Shumlin administration has announced $2.6 million in health care reform grants to seven organizations. The grants, revealed on Friday, will support initiatives to align doctor and hospital payments with quality outcomes, increase coordination within the health care system and create an interoperable electronic medical records system to support the sharing of patient information across organizations. […]

    Feds extend support for program that helps seniors stay healthy


    The extension is good news for the Support and Services at Home program (SASH), which has shown positive results in maintaining the health of senior Vermonters. Its future remains in doubt because a new Medicare program may reduce its client base.

    Health care exchange backlog reduced, but many cases still unresolved

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    Vermont Health Connect is making strides in reducing a backlog in change requests, but thousands more remain in the queue. VHC is trying to clear the backlog before Nov. 15, when a new open enrollment period begins.

    Senate candidate sparks controversy with Burma Shave signs

    Sen. Mark MacDonald, D-Orange, and Republican challenger Robert Frenier appear at a forum Tuesday in Randolph. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

    Orange County Republican Bob Frenier has put up 24 road signs in the style of the old Burma Shave ads. Some claim that seniors could see Medicare changes under single-payer health care. Democrats say the signs are wrong, and accuse Frenier of fearmongering.

    Vermont opens state-of-the-art public health laboratory

    An exam room at the new state Health Department laboratory in Colchester. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

    The $31 million lab will house public health workers and UVM researchers, allowing for sharing of information and ideas. It will replace the state’s current lab, which is outdated and too small, officials say.

    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.

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