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Premium assistance could haunt recipients at tax time

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Tax preparer says recipients of premium tax credits through Vermont Health Connect will have their incomes “reconciled” at tax time.

Vermont Supreme Court overturns state law on DNA collection

Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court John Dooley. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

In a 3-2 ruling, the state’s highest court determined it is unconstitutional to take DNA samples from every person arraigned on a felony charge. Law enforcement officials unhappy.

SCOV Law Blog: Laying claim to an old rail bed

Creative Commons photo by walknboston via Flickr

This case is chock-full of neglected old cases about rail beds, public trails, adverse possession, eminent domain, and railroad corporations venturing outside the realm of their existential purpose.

Story and video: DCF worker cleared in death of Winooski toddler

Cindy Walcott, deputy commissioner of the Department for Children and Families, answers questions on the death of Winooski toddler Peighton Geraw at a news conference Thursday in Burlington. Photo by Laur Krantz/VTDigger

A DCF case worker who saw 14-month Peighton Geraw minutes before his mother called 911 to report him not breathing followed state protocol, prosecutor and DCF officials say.

Hospital budget requests ‘historically low,’ regulators say

Mike Davis leads the hospital budget review process for the Green Mountain Care Board. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

Vermont hospitals are seeking a 2.6 percent average increase in net-patient revenue for the coming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

VSAC raises $29.9 million to lend to students

The Vermont Student Assistance Corp. has sold $29.9 million in bonds to raise money to loan to Vermont students. The loans can be used in the 2014-2015 school year by Vermont students attending colleges in the U.S. or abroad, or by out-of-state students attending Vermont institutions. Undergraduate and graduate students can qualify for the Vermont […]

Health care regulations approved after disagreement is resolved

After an initial postponement, the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules unanimously passed the 360-page revision of Vermont’s health care regulations. The rules went before LCAR two weeks ago, but the committee postponed the vote to settle a disagreement in the interpretation of a section of the rules between the state and Vermont Legal Aid. Vermont […]

Copley Hospital seeks to build $12.5 million surgical suite

The hospital has applied for a certificate of need from the Green Mountain Care Board.

Number of Hepatitis C cases second only to Lyme disease in 2013

Blood drawn for testing . U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Nathanael T. Miller

Medicaid covering new $84,000 drug for 12-week treatment.

Fatalities mar otherwise calm Fourth, police say

Police encountered less unsafe driving this Fourth of July weekend but did respond to two fatal crashes, including one involving a lawn mower operator, according to state police. The Independence Day holiday is one of the deadliest of the year because of drunken driving, police said. Officers responded to 61 car crashes this year, up […]

Vermont is No. 2 in nation for inmate health care spending

John Perry, who retired last year as director of planning for the Vermont Department of Corrections, said sending hard-core drug addicts directly to treatment instead of prison could save the state’s taxpayers roughly $4 million a year. StockXchng illustration.

Cost per inmate from 2007 to 2011 grew $10,092 to $11,761, but officials say paying more to keep convicts healthy saves money in the long run.

Teleconferencing available between Bennington hospital, Dartmouth

This article is by the Bennington Banner, in which it was first published Jule 8, 2014. BENNINGTON — Patients can now see a rheumatologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. without having to leave Bennington. Southwestern Vermont Medical Center announced Monday that since June many patients have been able to see Dr. Daniel Albert, […]

Former state trooper settles assault case for $27,000

Former Vermont State Police Trooper Eric Howley appears in Windham County Superior Court. Brattleboro Reformer file photo

Former Vermont State Police Trooper Eric Howley resigned after beating two men who he believed had stolen his canoe.

Vermont pharmacy benefit regulations take effect

Rich Harvie is co-owner of Montpelier Pharmacy, an independent drug store. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

The health care reform law passed this session has a number of provisions banning certain practices and increasing transparency requirements for benefit management companies.

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