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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    Mullin offers proposal to address Medicaid cost shift

    Sen. Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland. File photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger.org

    *+-The Shumlin administration supports the effort but says the “preferred revenue source” would still be a payroll tax — which Mullin said he will not support.

    Vermont GOP calls for independent counsel to investigate Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell

    Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell. Photo by Roger Crowley

    *+-“As I’ve said repeatedly I try very hard to be in compliance with our campaign finance laws,” Bill Sorrell said, adding that he would “fully comply” with any investigation that is undertaken.

    House panels approve $12M health care package and zero in on taxes

    Bill Lippert

    *+-The package would strengthen primary care in Vermont and reduce out-of-pocket costs for low- and middle-income people insured through the Vermont Health Connect exchange.

    Gun bill headed to governor’s desk

    *+-he Senate has approved the House version of a bill designed to keep guns away from dangerous criminals and people with severe mental illness. The bill, S.141, would make it a crime for people convicted of certain violent or drug-related offenses to possess a firearm, and would require Vermont to report people with mental illness […]

    Senate votes to repeal philosophical exemption for childhood immunizations

    Kevin Mullin

    *+-The issue resurfaced this winter following a measles outbreak that spread to 19 states and infected more than 150 people, raising concerns about declining immunization rates nationally and in Vermont.

    Lawmakers look to tighten May 31 deadline for Vermont Health Connect

    Doug Hoffer

    *+-Lawmakers press Shumlin for tighter contingency plans if health exchange doesn’t function as promised.

    Health care package shrinks again

    Bill Lippert

    *+-Leadership is zeroing in on $12 million in new revenue to increase Medicaid payments for primary care and subsidies offered through the state health care exchange.

    Two federal audits of Vermont Health Connect ongoing, state confirms

    Lawrence Miller

    *+-The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General is entering the second stage of an audit of the state health care exchange, and the congressional Governmental Accountability Office began an “IT security review” in March, according to a state official.

    After auditor’s report, Shumlin, legislative leaders disagree on path forward for exchange

    Peter Shumlin Mark Johnson

    *+-Gov. Peter Shumlin says decision whether to scrap Vermont Health Connect won’t come until next fall. House Speaker Shap Smith says May 31 deadline is vital for consumer confidence.

    Auditor’s report: No guarantee state can complete Vermont Health Connect

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

    *+-The report shows a management structure in flux, contracts that lack performance metrics or financial penalties, ongoing security shortcomings and an unsustainable reliance on expensive and inefficient manual processes.

    Blue Cross pressures the state to reconcile millions of dollars in unpaid premiums

    Don George (center), president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Nicole Ravlin, of Cabot Hosiery Mills kick off the 2013 Blue Socks for Kids project.

    *+-In a letter to the state BCBSVT said it expects that $3 million to $5 million in past due premiums from 2014 “will never be collected,” and the company would be billing VHC at the end of March, although it has not done so.

    Gun rights groups cry foul on House Judiciary bill changes

    Rep. William Jewett looks over a version of the redistricting map. VTD/Josh Larkin

    *+-The committee removed a waiting period for those who lose their right to possess firearms to get them back, but added a stricter standard of proof.

    Court ruling on involuntary treatment could have bearing on gun bill

    The entrance to the Vermont Supreme Court at 111 State St., next to the Statehouse. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    *+-A Vermont Supreme Court ruling on involuntary hospitalization could affect a waiting period being considered for previously mentally ill people seeking to recover their right to possess firearms.

    Unions, activists protest budget cuts, ‘anti-union’ policy

    VSEA rally

    *+-Several hundred union activists rallied at the Statehouse Saturday to protest “austerity measures” and an “anti-union” policy proposal.

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