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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    House approves $33.2 million tax package after political deal-making

    Chris Pearson Don Turner

    Republicans who had threatened to scuttle the bill decide to live with tax increase rather than risk losing a battle that could result in a greater hike.

    Senate OKs bill that prohibits certain criminals from owning guns

    Sen. Dick Sears reports S.141 on Wednesday. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger

    The legislation makes it a crime for people with certain violent or drug dealing convictions to possess firearms.

    AG seeks up to $72,000 from Dean Corren for alleged campaign violations

    Bill Sorrell

    AG Bill Sorrell says Corren, who accepted public campaign financing in his race for lieutenant governor, violated those rules by asking the state Democratic Party to send an email to party supporters on his behalf.

    Federal changes put pressure on Vermont cost-sharing subsidies in exchange health plans

    Creative Commons photo by jasleen_kaur via Flickr.

    New plan designs likely to increase out-of-pocket costs for many in VHC exchange .

    Shumlin looks to pull the plug on Vermont Health Connect if system doesn’t meet deadlines

    Peter Shumlin Mark Johnson

    If the state’s health insurance marketplace has not met performance criteria set for May and October, Gov. Peter Shumlin says he will take steps to migrate to some form of the federal exchange.

    Nonprofits, realtors oppose plan to reel in tax deductions

    House Speaker Shap Smith speaks with reporters in his office on May 13, 2013. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger

    Lawmakers are considering a cap on itemized state income tax deductions at 2.5 times the standard deduction, or $15,500 for an individual and $31,000 for couples filing jointly. Plan would affect mortgage-payers and charitable givers.

    VSEA video goes after Shumlin on campaign promises

    VSEAworker

    In the video, Dave Bellini, a corrections worker and VSEA member, sleeps fitfully to dreams of Gov. Peter Shumlin promising to champion the union and preserve jobs.

    Dental practitioner bill clears hurdle, but still needs approval from Senate Finance

    A root canal gone bad is shown on a dental X-ray. Creative Commons photo by Wonderland via Flickr

    Proposal would authorize the use of dental therapists or dental practitioners, who would need 1,000 hours of training and practice under the direction of a dentist.

    Senate passes bill to tighten rent-to-own practices

    Aaron's

    Companies would be required to disclose more information on the cost and condition of items leased under rent-to-own programs.

    Benning says his ‘yes’ vote on gun bill came with concessions from Democrats

    Senate Judiciary

    Senate minority leader Joe Benning says he was able to remove some of the prohibited-carry crimes, and won other concessions, to secure a unanimous committee vote.

    Record cold plays havoc with emergency housing budget

    Hoar frost around a hole in the snow may indicate the den of a hibernating animal. Photo by Audrey Clark

    The cold weather exemption that allows homeless people to stay on motel rooms when shelters are full was in effect for 69 straight days, not including March.

    House committee passes bill allowing individuals to bypass Vermont Health Connect

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield Insurance of Vermont in Berlin, Vt.

    Vermonters who buy direct from carriers could not receive subsidies, leaving about 12,000 who could benefit from the direct enrollment process.

    Senate committee passes trio of health care bills

    The Senate Health and Welfare Committee passed three health care bills late last week, with new provisions relating to the state’s ban on toxic chemicals dominating the headlines. That bill, S.139, also resurrects a provision from the last biennium aimed at regulating the practices of pharmacy benefit management companies (PBMs). Pharmacy benefit management companies are […]

    Business groups say payroll tax is ‘bad public policy’

    Two prominent business groups issued a joint statement Monday in opposition to Gov. Peter Shumlin’s payroll tax proposal, a modified version of which passed a House committee last week. The Vermont Chamber of Commerce and the Vermont Business Roundtable say imposing a payroll tax to reduce the Medicaid cost shift is “bad public policy,” and […]

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