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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    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.

    Corren, Sorrell team up to question gas price discrepancy

    Progressive lieutenant governor candidate Dean Corren (right) is joined by Attorney General Bill Sorrell at McCaffrey's Sunoco in Burlington on Monday for a news conference on gas prices. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

    Democratic AG and Progressive candidate for lieutenant governor point to 19-cent per gallon difference between Rutland and Burlington, endorse legislation to allow data collection.

    Consumer advocate critical of new quality standards for Accountable Care Organizations

    New Health Care

    Office of the Health Care Advocate says Green Mountain Care Board “lowered the bar” on quality standards for shared-savings network providers.

    Feds distribute $2.1 million to health centers in Vermont

    The federal agency of Health and Human Services announced Friday that Vermont’s federally qualified health centers will receive $2.1 million in Affordable Care Act money. The money will allow 10 health centers across Vermont to hire 47 new staff, including direct care providers, extend hours and expand services, according to a news release from the […]

    Hospital budgets approved virtually unscathed by board

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

    Green Mountain Care Board OKs overall 3.1 percent increase after review of the state’s 14 hospital budgets. The only cuts come from Springfield.

    Fletcher Allen Partners to discontinue debt strategy

    Aerial view of the Fletcher Allen Health Care campus. Photo courtesy of FAHC.

    A nurses’ union representative pointed out the hospital group’s practice of using “interest rate swaps” for borrowing during a Green Mountain Care Board hearing.

    House approves Welch-backed Lyme disease bill

    The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation co-written by Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., meant to bolster the federal response to Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses on a voice vote late Tuesday. Welch and his co-sponsor, Rep. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y., represent states in which Lyme is a growing public health concern. The number of confirmed […]

    Single-payer advocate Vermont Leads issues endorsements

    Vermont Leads, a single-payer advocacy group, announced Wednesday a list of candidates it has endorsed for the General Election. The organization is backing 61 incumbents and 12 challengers in House races, as well as 16 incumbents in the Senate and six challengers. “On Election Day, I believe the vast majority of Vermonters are going to […]

    Obama official applauds Vermont’s health information-sharing effort

    Dr. Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for Health IT. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

    Dr. Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health IT, said Tuesday that Vermont is building a model she hopes can be leveraged in other states.

    High deductible plans lead to increase in bad debt, hospital says

    Central Vermont Medical Center's Emergency Department. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    Rutland Regional officials say more people are choosing the higher out-of-pocket plans on Vermont Health Connect and are unable to pay for services.

    Regulators approve eight proposed hospital budgets

    Central Vermont Medical Center's Emergency Room. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    The Green Mountain Care Board voted unanimously to OK eight budgets without making adjustments to spending plans submitted by hospital managers in July. Six others to receive further scrutiny.

    State hires IT director for Vermont Health Connect

    Vermont Health Connect feature

    A former project manager for UnitedHealthcare’s Northeast regional leadership team, Robert Skowronski, will deal with the technical problems plaguing the state’s health exchange.

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