Health Care

VTDigger publishes daily stories on health care. We cover the state’s hospitals, the state’s psychiatric care system, the Green Mountain Care Board, insurers, state health care policy, Medicaid and Medicare. Morgan True is VTDigger’s health care reporter. He can be reached at [email protected]

Copley Hospital projects increased revenue, lower rates

Copley Hospital in Morrisville. Courtesy photo

Copley Hospital plans to lower its rates by 3 percent next year, believing that net patient revenue will increase.

Sanders says he will introduce Medicare-for-all bill

On the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., announced that he will introduce legislation that would provide affordable health care for all Americans. At a morning rally organized by National Nurses United, Sanders was surrounded by registered nurses as he called for adoption of a nationwide system of health care coverage that doesn’t […]

Health care group opposes Blue Cross rate increase

Members of the Healthcare as a Human Right campaign attend a meeting of the Green Mountain Care Board on Wednesday in Montpelier. Photo by Sarah Olsen/VTDigger

Advocates for affordable health care ask Green Mountain Care Board not to approve the insurer’s request for a 7.2 percent average rate hike.

UVM Medical Center unveils $16 million maternity unit

The Barnes family checks out a new delivery room in the University of Vermont Medical Center’s new Glen and Rosemary Wright Mother Baby Unit. Photo by Sam Heller/VTDigger

The Glen and Rosemary Wright Mother Baby Unit offers privacy and access to care for new mothers and families.

State on hook for up to $2.7 million more for health exchange

State officials gather at Vermont Health Connect headquarters in Winooski to announce that a key function of the state's health insurance exchange website is operational. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

The federal government will cover only 55 percent of certain expenses related to completion of the change of circumstance function.

Legislators ask for clarity on health care reform

Sen. Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, and Rep. Janet Ancel, D-Calais, listen to presentations at a Joint Health Reform Oversight Committee meeting Monday. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger

Joint Health Reform Oversight Committee wants to know more about what a so-called all-payer model means “in real terms for Vermont and for Vermonters.”

Health care advocacy group to shut down

Navigator Peter Sterling, director of the Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security, at his table in the Motor Vehicle Department lobby in Montpelier. Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDigger

Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security will shut down next month after nearly a decade of pushing for extended health coverage.

Hospital revenue increases are below historical average, but inching up

The entrance to Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

The 3.6 percent rise is below the average annual increase for the past 15 years of 6.8 percent, but has more than doubled in past three years.

State drops in U.S. rank for children’s well-being, report shows

Two children walking down a dirt road, stock photo. Taken July 24, 2010 (Courtesy of Flickr/Michael Newton, newton)

The report showed that Vermont remained well ahead of the national average in all but two of the 16 categories measured, but the state did not demonstrate substantial positive changes in any category since 2008.

Federal program expands access to hospice for Medicare beneficiaries

A nurse bandages a patient at Central Vermont Medical Center

Dying patients would be able to enter hospice while still receiving curative treatment.

VA opens first PTSD ‘brain bank’ in White River Junction

Vermont VA Center

The National Center for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is asking veterans and non-veterans to donate their brains to researchers who are working to combat the disorder.

UVM Medical Center announces new chief nursing officer

Mary Kate FitzPatrick is the UVM Medical Center's new chief nursing officer. Courtesy photo.

fter a six-month national search, officials at the UVM Medical Center have hired a chief nursing officer. Mary Kate FitzPatrick will fill the position effective Sept. 21, 2015 and report to Eileen Whalen, president and chief operating officer at the UVM Medical Center. FitzPatrick is a registered nurse, has a doctor of nursing practice from […]

Health Department to start weekly mosquito testing

Health Department officials have begun weekly mosquito testing across the state and will post updates to its website of areas where mosquitos carrying illnesses are discovered. Last year, eight mosquito pools that tested positive for West Nile virus and eight others that tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis in Rutland and Franklin counties. Human illness […]

Urgent care facility planned in Waterbury Center

Editor’s note: This story by Matt Mientka first appeared in the Waterbury Record. A new urgent care facility in Waterbury Center will soon offer residents greater convenience in seeking medical appointments. The Central Vermont Medical Center plans to open the facility later this year at 76 McNeil Road, off Route 100 near Pete’s Greens Waterbury […]

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