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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    Poll shows support for carbon, sugary drink taxes

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    A new VTDigger and Castleton Polling Institute survey shows support for a tax on fossil fuel consumption and sugar-sweetened beverages.

    Most agree with decision to drop single payer, poll shows

    Vermont Workers Center

    While support for Gov. Peter Shumlin is at its lowest point, 64 percent of those responding to a VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey say he was right not to push for single payer health care.

    VTDigger/Castleton poll shows strong support for background checks

    Opponents of Burlington’s gun control resolutions wear blaze orange at a Burlington City Council meeting. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    A new VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey shows that 77 percent of those polled support criminal background checks for gun sales. Gun rights advocates dispute the results.

    Lippert predicts health care package will pass out of committee this week

    Bill Lippert

    House Health Care Committee’s proposal retains much of Shumlin’s plan but doubles exchange subsidies and cuts Medicaid cost-shifting funds.

    Sears lashes out at gun rights witness, then kills bill

    Dick Sears

    Opponents of a bill that would require background checks for all gun sales in Vermont won a major victory Wednesday, but one of them drew a heated rebuke by a powerful Senate Democrat.

    Vermont Republicans formalize request for federal review of health exchange spending

    Joe Benning

    Vermont GOP leaders send a letter requesting that the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services investigate whether federal money was used inappropriately in developing Vermont Health Connect.

    State to give DLS drivers a break March 20

    Alana Martin

    Pilot program offers some Vermonters whose licenses have been suspended the chance to get them back by paying reduced fines. Idea is to help low-income violators get back on the road, state says.

    Auditor suggests Gruber may have overbilled

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    Invoices submitted by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, hired by the Shumlin administration to work on single payer health care, show discrepancies, State Auditor Doug Hoffer says.

    Physicians support proposed gun legislation

    Christopher Barsotti

    “We are the ones that have to deal with this,” an emergency room physician told lawmakers, while bill opponents said mental health reporting would deter many gun owners from seeking treatment.

    Senate committee approves dental practitioner bill

    The Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Friday unanimously passed S.20, which licenses dental practitioners to provide oral health services in Vermont at the discretion of a dentist. The bill has support from a coalition of advocates who say it will increase access to dental care in underserved rural areas of the state, but it’s […]

    Shumlin joins lawmakers, advocates to push for rent-to-own regulations

    Ashlyn Monroe

    Gov. Peter Shumlin joins Republican Sen. Kevin Mullin to support bill requiring more transparency in the prices charged by rental companies.

    Ancel interested in bringing back cap on income tax deductions

    Rep. Janet Ancel, D-Calais, chairs the House Ways and Means Committee. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    House leaders consider bringing back a proposal that would limit the amount of tax deductions Vermonters could claim.

    Vermont Health Connect offers special enrollment period to help people avoid federal penalty

    People who don’t have health insurance and learn about the federal penalty for being uninsured when they file their 2014 taxes have the opportunity to avoid the same penalty next year, state officials announced Thursday. The open enrollment period for people to sign up for health insurance through Vermont Health Connect ended Feb. 15, but […]

    Ways and Means skeptical of governor’s payroll tax proposal

    Lawmakers, including House Ways and Means chair Janet Ancel, debate the merits of a cloud computing tax on the last day of the legislative session, on May 14, 2013. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana/

    Money committee wants more assurances about assumptions made in governor’s proposal to increase Medicaid payments.

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