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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    Administration spent about $1.6 million studying single payer

    Gov. Peter Shumlin announces that single payer health care will not go forward in the next legislative session. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Estimate includes consultants, the cost of several reports and administrative staff time. Cost will continue to add up as invoices are paid.

    Vermont U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin to step down next month

    Vermont’s top federal prosecutor announced Friday that he will step down next month. U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin submitted a resignation letter to the Obama administration and will step down Jan. 12. His top deputy, Eugenia Cowles, will become acting U.S. attorney. Cowles will be the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney in Vermont. Coffin, […]

    Protesters demand action on single payer, condemn Shumlin’s reversal

    A protester burns a medical bill in a demonstration against Gov. Peter Shumlin's decision not to pursue single payer health care in the next legislative session. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    A protest organized by the Vermont Workers’ Center sought to advance the cause of single payer health care, despite Gov. Shumlin’s decision that it is fiscally unworkable.

    Report: Vermont second-healthiest state in the U.S.

    For the second consecutive year, Vermont ranks as the second-healthiest state in the U.S., according to America’s Health Rankings 2014 report. The report was is based on an evaluation of four categories of health determinants including behaviors, community and environment, clinical care and policy as well as the health outcomes those determinants yield. Vermont ranked […]

    Shumlin backs off single payer plan

    Gov. Peter Shumlin announces that single payer health care will not go forward in the next legislative session. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Gov. Peter Shumlin’s dream of a single payer health care plan evaporated Wednesday as the administration said the state could not afford it anytime in the near future.

    Vermont Health Connect extends deadline for Jan. coverage

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

    A deadline to sign up with the state’s health insurance exchange expired Monday, but state officials didn’t inform the media that it was allowing people to sign up until Dec. 31 for coverage to begin Jan. 1. It did tell navigators about the extension. The intent was for people to sign up sooner rather that later, VHC said.

    Sen. Tim Ashe clarifies VPR remarks about single payer

    Sen. Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, is chair of the Senate Committee on Finance. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    State Sen. Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, says universal coverage should be a goal during discussion of a publicly financed health care system next session.

    Special report: Emails show Shumlin administration down to the wire on single-payer financing

    Jonathan Gruber FOX

    Internal memos raise questions about Gruber contract, governor’s use of executive privilege, conflicts of interest and 2017 start date.

    Judge rules against lawmaker over single payer documents

    Rep. Cynthia Browning, D-Arlington. File Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    State Rep. Cynthia Browning, D-Arlington, had sued for access to documents on the development of single payer health care. A judge has ruled the documents are subject to executive privilege.

    Vermont Health Connect experiencing errors and cost increases

    Lawrence Miller. File Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Complicated processes in Vermont’s health exchange are leading to problems for some customers. Also, many change orders from last year have yet to be processed, and costs are rising faster than expected.

    Too much cost sharing in health exchange, advocates say

    Alissa Carberry, who has type 1 diabetes, is working Vermont’s Health Care is a Human Right campaign because her Vermont Health Connect plan leaves her with too many bills. Photo by Keith Brunner/Vermont Workers Center

    Alissa Carberry has a job and health insurance through Vermont Health Connect but she can’t keep up with the deductibles and copays needed to treat her type 1 diabetes. That’s why she supports a publicly funded plan.

    Is history repeating itself on health reform?

    Howard Dean. Photo by Vincent Gallegos

    Some fear the same pitfalls that stymied major reforms to Vermont’s health care system in 1994 under Howard Dean could also derail Shumlin’s effort.

    Health care advocates push for ‘equity’ in single-payer financing

    James Haslam, executive director of the Vermont Workers Center, pushed for universal health care at a news conference Monday in Burlington. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

    Shumlin has not yet released details of his health care financing plan, but the administration affirmed that it will likely include an employer payroll and income tax. The idea of a flat employer payroll tax has raised concerns among those who want health care services to be administered as a public good.

    Reactions to details of single payer finance plan

    Rich Harvie is co-owner of Montpelier Pharmacy, an independent drug store. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

    Business owners, lawmaker, economist and advocates weigh on a report that Gov. Peter Shumlin plans to finance universal health care with payroll and income taxes that will dramatically shift the cost of health care.

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