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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    VSEA wins concessions for PSAP workers at stations set to close early

    The state employees union has secured concessions for workers at two emergency call centers that the Department of Public Safety chose to close early, according to a memo obtained by VTDigger. State officials said the Rutland and Derby public safety answering points, or PSAPs, will close next week because they don’t have adequate staff to […]

    Clinicians call cuts in Medicaid group therapy rate shortsighted

    Danielle Seymour (left) and Mary Thompson, outpatient therapists for Washington County Mental Health Services, chat in the group therapy room at the organization's Berlin facility. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

    The state will cut Medicaid reimbursements for group therapy sessions in half next year. Officials say the cut will help address Medicaid’s anticipated $40 million shortfall. Clinicians say patients will suffer.

    Supreme Court ruling clears the way for Champlain Parkway

    Champlain Parkway

    A long-delayed alternate route from I-189 in South Burlington to downtown Burlington appears to be on its way to construction.

    UVM Health Network at the center of health industry consolidation debate

    John Brumsted, CEO of the University of Vermont Health Network, details the hospital group's budget plans for 2016 before the Green Mountain Care Board on Tuesday. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

    The rosiest scenario offered by hospital officials and state health care regulators is one in which the annual growth in health care spending falls into step with inflation in the wider economy.

    Corren wants changes in public financing before making another bid

    Progressive Party candidate for lieutenant governor Dean Corren held a news conference Thursday to talk about campaign finance reform. Photo by Cory Dawson/VTDigger

    Progressive Dean Corren, who lost a race for lieutenant governor last year while opting for public campaign funding, says he would run again if the financing system were improved.

    Advocate takes new role with public health nonprofit

    The Vermont Public Health Association, an advocacy nonprofit, has hired Montpelier attorney Anthony Iarrapino as an executive adviser, the group announced Friday. Iarrapino, who previously worked for the Conservation Law Foundation, made his first foray into public health advocacy during the last legislative session spearheading a push for an excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages […]

    July figures show no change in Vermont’s unemployment rate of 3.6 percent

    How to Survive Unemployment. Photo by Vernon Chen.

    The national average for July was 5.3 percent, and also showed no change from June. Initial figures from June placed Vermont’s unemployment rate at the fourth lowest in the U.S., according to a Department of Labor news release.

    St. Johnsbury man arrested for posting online threats to DCF

    Downtown St. Johnsbury. Creative common photo, taken by Flickr user redjar

    Since the shooting death of Lara Sobel, a Department of Children and Families social worker, officials have publicly decried messages that attack or threaten state workers.

    Reed promoted to mental health commissioner; Shumlin announces more staff appointments

    Department of Mental Health Deputy Commissioner Frank Reed (left) and Commissioner Paul Dupre. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    James Pepper, Christopher Herrick, Tom Cheney, Laura Gray and Jahala Dudley also take new positions.

    Jay Peak fails to meet water quality targets in settlement with state, environmental group

    Jay Peak Resort: An empty ski slope. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    Several streams near Jay Peak have not fully recovered in the past decade from water pollution caused by development runoff. The pollution is in part due to a wave of expansion at the ski resort that began in 2009.

    Plights of two Vermont Health Connect users show where problems persist

    Elizabeth Gibson, 64, of Pawlet, a Vermont Health Connect customer. Courtesy photo.

    Data entered manually, as it had long been done at the exchange, could contain errors, or the requested change could get miscommunicated, an advocate said, resulting in an even longer process.

    State could face more cost overruns for health care exchange

    Gov. Peter Shumlin and chief of health reform Lawrence Miller attend a news conference at Vermont Health Connect headquarters in Winooski on Monday to announce that a key function of the state's health insurance exchange website is operational. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

    The fiscal year 2016 budget for Vermont Health Connect is $48 million in state and federal funds and during the legislative session, Chief of Health Care Reform Lawrence Miller provided an estimated “sustainability budget” of $42 million.

    BCBS health exchange plans to go up 5.9 percent, MVP premiums to increase by 2.4 percent

    Regulators approved premium rate increases for health plans sold through the Vermont Health Connect exchange that will take effect in the fall. The increases are smaller than those requested by the two participating insurers. The increases are needed to cover rising medical and prescription drug costs, as well as new state and federal requirements for […]

    Jody Herring’s ex-boyfriend hoped armed standoff would give him a chance to see her

    Henry Premont, 51, of Williamstown, and his attorney Maggie Vincent with Rubin, Kidney, Myer and Vincent, contractors for the Defender General in Washington County, at Premont's arraignment Thursday, August 12, 2015, following an armed standoff with police the previous day.

    The former boyfriend of Jody Herring, 40, who is charged with murder in the killing of state social worker Lara Sobel, was hoping to get access to her by waving a gun outside a Shell station on Wednesday.

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