Public Policy

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

Chief of Health Care Reform Lawrence Miller says majority must go through exchange to obtain subsidies or because they are on Medicaid.

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.

AG urges more access to child protection proceedings

Dave Yacovone (left), commissioner of the Department for Children and Families, and Doug Racine, secretary of the Agency of Human Services, testify before a committee looking into problems at DCF. Photo by Katie Jickling/VTDigger

Bill Sorrell says Legislature should consider loosening some of the confidentiality rules that undermine communication in cases of abuse and neglect.

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.

Vermont unlikely to host immigrant children

U.S. Mexican border in between San Diego and Tijuana.

The state lacks the facilities needed to host the large numbers of Central American children being held on the U.S. border, but is willing to help in other ways, governor says.

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 […]

Vermont’s land trusts see post-recession rebound

Johnson Farm map

With 613,971 conserved acres, Vermont is No. 8 in the nation for land protected through nonprofit land trusts.

Stakeholders explore ways to make Vermont colleges more affordable

Woodruff Hall. Wikipedia image.

Students, educators and college officials tackle ideas to increase funding for state colleges and reduce student debt load.

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.

Mother’s boyfriend pleads not guity in death of third child with ties to DCF

Joshua M. Blow, 26, pleaded not guilty to one count of second-degree murder in the death of Aiden Haskins, who turned 2 on Feb. 15. He is also ordered not to contact Ashley Stewart, Aiden’s mother. Pool photo by Ryan Mercer/Burlington Free Press

Joshua M. Blow is accused of second-degree murder in the death of two-year-old Aiden Haskins. Blow lived with Aiden’s mother, Ashley Stewart.

SCOV Law Blog: The bar admission blues

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An applicant with mental health problems is denied admission to the Vermont bar. In the end, though, it was his conduct, not his mental health, that “demonstrates his unfitness to practice law.”

New social workers merely a ‘tourniquet,’ DCF says

DCF Commissioner Dave Yacovone addresses advocates at a meeting at the Agency of Human Services Tuesday. Deputy Commissioner Richard Giddings is sitting behind him. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDigger

Hiring more caseworkers is the most expensive way to fight child abuse, Commissioner Dave Yacovone says, but right now he needs the help. He says early intervention is long-term solution.

Lawmakers hear conflicting testimony on primacy of reunification policy at DCF

Lynne Klamm, interim director of the Department for Children and Families Rutland office, testifies alongside  DCF Commissioner Dave Yacavone before a joint legislative committee investigating child protection in Vermont on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Statehouse. Photo by Laura Krantz/

At legislative hearing on child protection, DCF officials, police and state’s attorneys testify.

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