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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    Regulators approve UVM Medical Center’s $187 million inpatient facility

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

    Green Mountain Care Board OKs plans by the state’s largest hospital to build a new in-patient facility, but adds financial caveats.

    Psychiatric nurse disciplined for abusive treatment of patient

    Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital

    A nurse at the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin was placed on administrative leave for implementing “planned ignoring” strategy on patient for whom it was not recommended.

    U.S. Supreme Court to hear Vermont health data collection case

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

    ERISA appeal concerns whether companies that offer self-insured health benefit plans to employees have to report claims data to the state.

    Ludlow woman’s Medicaid fraud charges are second such case in two months

    A Ludlow woman was arraigned last week on two felony counts of Medicaid fraud and three felony counts of false pretenses, according to the Vermont Attorney General’s Office. Jennifer Newsome, 50, of Ludlow was arraigned June 23 in Windsor Superior Court on charges that she submitted more than $30,000 in Medicaid claims for services that […]

    State to decide fate of Rutland Mental Health as problems with management, services become clearer

    Officials from Rutland Mental Health Services answer questions from a Department of Mental Health stakeholder committee about their agencies re-designation June 26, 2015. From left, Dick Courcelle, interim-CEO; David Long, VP clinical services; and John Stewart, CRT director.

    State decision on whether Rutland Mental Health Services should keep its status as a designated agency is due in July.

    ACA decision is no reason to dump Vermont Health Connect, Shumlin administration says

    The United State Supreme Court. Seated from left, Justices Clarence Thomas; Antonin Scalia; Chief Justice John Roberts; Justices Anthony Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsberg; standing from left, Justices Sonia Sotomayor; Stephen Breyer; Samuel Alito; and Elena Kagan. 2014 photo

    Supreme Court decision makes transitioning to a federal exchange an “available” option, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good option, Lawrence Miller says.

    State auditor’s report finds fault with prisoner housing program

    Doug Hoffer

    Auditor Doug Hoffer says Corrections Department is not properly tracking transitional housing services delivered by its community partners and is not adequately measuring how those services help released inmates reintegrate into the community.

    VHC yet to respond to concerns over canceled policies

    Kim Kennison  navigates the Vermont Health Connect website at The Health Center in Plainfield. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

    State says it is working with insurers to determine how many claims may have been paid for services to people no longer insured with Vermont Health Connect.

    Special Report: Former Rutland Mental Health CEO’s poor leadership may have put clients in danger

    The offices of Rutland Mental Health Services. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

    Officials cite a pattern of shortcomings in the care provided by the agency that contributed to a client’s overdose, a client being sexually exploited and several others being placed in neglectful or abusive situations, according to documents obtained by VTDigger. Poor management may have also contributed to one client’s untimely death.

    Blue Cross seeks more than $500,000 for services provided to patients cut by Vermont Health Connect

    Gov. Peter Shumlin address participants in a Vermont Health Connect forum held at Capitol Plaza  Hotel in Montpelier last month. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    Insurers paid for services delivered to exchange customers who had been dropped. Backlog at VHC meant carriers were not notified that the customers were no longer insured.

    TDI, CLF reach agreement on transmission line project

    High-tension power lines cut through New Hampshire. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Developer of a proposed electric transmission line under Lake Champlain more than doubles its contribution to water quality improvements.

    State’s concerns with Rutland Mental Health Services date back to at least 2013

    The Rutland Mental Health Services offices at 78 South Main Street in  Rutland. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

    The third-party agency that provides mental health services for the state in Rutland County was found to be out of compliance with several aspects of its contract.

    Rutland Mental Health Services CEO resigns; State cites group with violations

    Mark Turnauckas/Creative Commons

    Dan Quinn steps down after eight years. Documents show state was looking into complaints against the agency.

    Newly elected clerk of the Vermont House was recently disbarred

    Bill Magill, assistant House clerk, swears in a new staffer. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    William MaGill was elected with no discussion of past legal trouble. Lawmakers say it has “no bearing” on his work.

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