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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    Gun rights group, Shumlin oppose Senate gun bill

    Ed Cutler

    Supporters of gun rights lobbied lawmaker at the Statehouse on Tuesday to oppose a bill requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales.

    Vermont Health Connect tax subsidy forms are in the mail

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    Vermonters who are receiving subsidies through the state’s health exchange will receive statements needed to square their income with the IRS.

    Browning proposes changes in executive privilege

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

    Rep. Cynthia Browning proposes bill to waive governor’s executive privilege in certain cases.

    Advocates, dentists prepare to face off over licensing dental practitioners

    A root canal gone bad is shown on a dental X-ray. Creative Commons photo by Wonderland via Flickr

    Thirty percent of dentists refused to accept new Medicaid patients in 2011, according to a Green Mountain Care Board study.

    Gun bill introduced in the Senate

    Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell, D-Quechee, sits for an interview at his Statehouse office on Tuesday. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana

    Senate Democrats introduced their much anticipated gun control bill Thursday afternoon (S.31). Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell is the lead sponsor of the bill. Gun control legislation has been met with stiff opposition in the past in the Vermont Legislature, and Gov. Peter Shumlin says he has no interest in supporting a background check […]

    Hoffer can’t get answers on Gruber invoices

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

    State Auditor Doug Hoffer hasn’t gotten a satisfactory explanation for two sparsely detailed invoices totaling $160,000 the state received, and paid out, to economist Johnathan Gruber, Hoffer said Friday. Gruber was hired by the state to model the impact of the governor’s shelved single payer proposal. He agreed to forgo $240,000 of his original contract, […]

    Lawmakers call on Shumlin to abandon state exchange for new federal program

    Patti Komline

    The group will introduce a bill calling on the Shumlin administration to transition to the new type of Affordable Care Act marketplace by the end of March.

    Vermont Health Connect will cost $9.7 million more than anticipated in this fiscal year

    Secretary of Commerce & Community Development Lawrence Miller. File photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    Money is part of budget adjustment to pay for maintenance of health exchange. Republicans propose switch to a modified state and federal marketplace.

    Proponents of background checks find fault with online sales

    Guns poll

    The gun control group Everytown for Gun Sense says it found evidence that Vermonters barred from owning guns could get them through private, online sales.

    Fight against opiate addiction working, Shumlin says

    Gov. Peter Shumlin speaks at a news conference Wednesday in Burlington on opiate abuse. With him are Health Commissioner Harry Chen (left) and Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

    The state has increased the number of opiate treatment slots by 1,000 in the past year, but there are still people waiting for treatment.

    UVM Health Network, BCBS support parts of Shumlin’s premium reduction plan

    Lawrence Miller, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, speaks at a press conference with Governor Peter Shumlin. VTD Photo/Taylor Dobbs

    The state’s largest hospital network and largest insurer back Gov. Peter Shumlin’s efforts to reduce premium growth.

    Face of Vermont Health Connect leaving state government

    Mark Larson, commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access

    Mark Larson, commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access, oversaw the rollout of the state’s health exchange website.

    Healthfirst to drop out of Medicare ACO offering

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

    A network of providers in an Accountable Care Organization says incentives for shared-savings targets can’t be met.

    Legislative Preview: Legislators introduce a bevy of health bills

    Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison, is chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    Along with the governor’s plan to raise $86 million to boost Medicaid payments, lawmakers will consider health care issues including dental practitioners, paid sick leave, and more.

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