Morgan True

Morgan True

Morgan True is VTDigger's health care reporter. A Seattle native, he graduated from Boston University with a B.S. 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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    Safety concerns resurface at Brattleboro Retreat


    Brawl on secure ward injures staff and suicide attempts continue at private psychiatric hospital that contracts with state.

    State receives federal money to attract health professionals to underserved areas

    Health Care Rally, May 1, 2011. VTD/Terry Allen.

    Vermont receives $250,000 to help ease student debt for providers who take jobs with federally qualified health centers or rural health clinics.

    Single-payer advocacy group endorses legislative candidates

    The single-payer advocacy group Vermont Leads has endorsed 10 legislative candidates the group says are committed to the goal of bringing a publicly financed, single-payer health care program to Vermont. “We know these candidates will work with their colleagues and Gov. Peter Shumlin in the coming year to make Green Mountain Care a reality,” said […]

    Scheuermann, Komline call for change to allow individuals on VHC to enroll directly with insurers

    Rep. Patti Komline, R-Dorset, claps during Gov. Peter Shumlin's 2014 budget address. Photo by Roger Crowley

    Ongoing problems with Vermont Health Connect, the state’s online health insurance exchange, are having “a disastrous effect” on thousands of Vermonters’ access to care, said Rep. Patti Komline, R-Dorset.

    Report: Vermonters on Medicare saved almost $22 million on prescriptions under ACA

    Montpelier Pharmacy, an independent drug store. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

    The portion of Social Security that pays disability benefits, known as the Disability Insurance trust, is projected to run out in 2016 without a legislative fix.

    Group plans all-out push for tax on sugary drinks next session

    Anthony Iarrapino is leaving the Conservation Law Foundation to lead Alliance for a Healthier Vermont's effort to enact a state tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

    The Alliance for a Healthier Vermont has hired Conservation Law Foundation lawyer Anthony Iarrapino to lead its renewed call for a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

    Vermont to apply for extension of federal ACA implementation grants

    Secretary of Commerce & Community Development Lawrence Miller. File photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    An extension would allow the state to continue using that money past the Dec. 31 deadline to build core components of its exchange – most notably completing the Vermont Health Connect website.

    State to launch household health care survey next month

    A Vermont household insurance survey, which will begin next week, is expected to give the state a window into how close it is to achieving universal health care coverage. The survey will begin in August and be completed in November. Preliminary results are expected in “early 2015,” according to a news release from the Department […]

    Healthfirst names director for its commercial shared-savings program

    The independent physician network Healthfirst Inc. announced Monday that Amy Cooper will serve as executive director for its commercial shared-savings care programs. Cooper had been managing the organization’s Medicare shared-savings program for the past year. Shared-savings programs are offerings to provider networks known as accountable care organizations. If the network can meet certain quality standards […]

    Governor says it’s up to him to fix Vermont Health Connect

    Gov. Peter Shumlin and Lawrence Miller, chief of the state's heath care reform effort, attend a news conference Thursday in Barre to announce an grant to repair flood damage in the city. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Shumlin responds to continuing failures in the state’s health care exchange, saying the administration will eventually get it right.

    Vermont Health Connect shakes up practices, adds personnel

    Secretary Lawrence Miller testifies in front of the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDigger

    Function for customers to make changes online may not be ready before next open enrollment period in November.

    State hires MIT economist to vet single-payer proposals

    Vermont has hired a policy architect of the Affordable Care Act as an economic consultant to help the Shumlin administration vet different single-payer financing scenarios.

    State reports privacy issue with Vermont Health Connect

    A Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont employee last month received personally identifying information for MVP Health Care and Delta Dental clients, a state official said Wednesday.

    Problems with Vermont Health Connect at crisis stage, lawmaker says

    Rep. Mike Fisher, D-Lincoln, chairman of the House Health Care Committee, hears testimony at the Statehouse in Montpelier. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    Chairman of the House Health Care Committee says drastic measures may be taken next session after hearing that trouble with the state’s health care exchange haven’t improved. Medicaid patients are having trouble signing up.

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