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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    Fletcher Allen seeks approval for $175M inpatient facility

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

    The hospital has applied to the Green Mountain Care Board for a certificate of need allowing construction of a proposed 180,000-square-foot building that would include 128 single-occupancy rooms.

    Shumlin campaign airs second TV ad

    Gov. Peter Shumlin’s campaign is out with its second television ad touting the governor’s role in supporting businesses in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. In the 30 second spot, John Wall of WallGoldfinger in Randolph praises Shumlin’s support in the immediate aftermath of the 2011 storm, which allowed his furniture business to get back […]

    Vermont ACOs didn’t earn federal incentive rewards in year one of payment reform program

    Creative Commons photo by jasleen_kaur via Flickr.

    Two Vermont accountable care organizations failed to earn federal incentives for cost cutting. Reducing health care costs is a crucial goal of state and federal health care reform.

    State hires new company to provide services for deaf students

    Austine School and the Vermont center for the deaf and hard of hearing.  Photo by Zachary P. Stephens/Brattleboro Reformer

    Nine East Network will take over for the recently closed Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. There are no plans to replace the closed Austine School, although some would prefer a central facility for deaf students.

    Fletcher Allen hire president, but Brumsted to remain CEO

    Fletcher Allen Health Care has hired a new president and chief operating officer, the state’s only academic medical center announced Thursday. Eileen Whalen is a trauma nurse and former CEO of the largest public hospital in Washington state. Whalen will report to John Brumsted, who will remain Fletcher Allen’s CEO. Brumsted is also the president […]

    State technology overhaul behind schedule; could affect single-payer launch

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

    Completion of Medicaid information system vital to launch of Green Mountain Care, Legislature’s fiscal analysts say.

    Vermont close to ‘bundled payment’ deal for some surgical procedures

    Total knee replacement. Photo by F Delventhal/via Creative Commons https://www.flickr.com/photos/krossbow/

    The deal would establish set payments for hip and knee replacements for those covered by the state employee health plan. It’s a new way of paying for health care that’s likely to become more common.

    Blue Cross website to serve small businesses in the exchange

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont headquarters in Berlin. Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDigger

    Website will allow small group members of Vermont Health Connect to renew their coverage and change their personal information, functions the state’s website cannot perform.

    Moody’s upgrades Fletcher Allen Health Care’s bond rating

    Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    Strong performance by the four-hospital group Fletcher Allen Partners leads the ratings agency to award its third-highest ranking.

    Special Report: Two suicide attempts highlight troubles at the Brattleboro Retreat, raise doubts about state oversight

    State patients are treated on the fourth floor of the Tyler Building on the Brattleboro Retreat campus. Photo by Randy Holhut/The Commons

    Sen. Claire Ayer said she was disappointed with Retreat officials for not being more forthcoming in public testimony about a series of events on the adolescent unit.

    Advocate says exchange copays hurt low income Vermonters with chronic conditions

    Creative Commons photo by jasleen_kaur via Flickr.

    Copays for treatment and prescriptions are too costly for Vermonters who previously qualified for state subsidies

    Failure to meet federal security checklist led to Vermont Health Connect shutdown

    Lawrence Miller, chief of health care reform. Photo by Morgan True

    Vermont Health Connect was taken down last weekend because the state was unable to meet a Sept. 8 federal deadline for security controls; the determination was not the result of a security breach or a specific threat, officials said.

    Political advocacy group pushes Sorrell to clarify campaign finance law

    Campaign finance reports were due to on Friday. Photo by Kevin Rawlings

    The Vermont Right to Life Committee accuses the pro-health care reform group Vermont Leads of improper reporting. The charge is part of a legal battle over state campaign finance law.

    State takes Vermont Health Connect website offline

    Gov. Peter Shumlin (left) and interim Secretary of the Agency of Human Services Harry Chen announced Tuesday that the Vermont Health Connect website will be offline for repairs. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

    State’s health care exchange could be down for weeks as officials work to improve security and user experience ahead of Nov. 15 open enrollment.

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