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]

Study highlights gaps in Vermonters’ physical, behavioral, sexual health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has evaluated Vermont’s 14 counties from most to least healthy, using factors including physical, preventative and sexual health. The Vermont Health Gaps Report features rankings of how many premature deaths could have been avoided in each county if the residents had access to health care of the other counties in […]

Customers’ health coverage erroneously cancelled

Customers say their coverage was cancelled even though they paid their bills.

Brattleboro Retreat in ‘full compliance’

State and federal officials reviewed all areas of the psychiatric hospital.

Vermont Health Connect gets failing accounting grade for first year

A Virginia company gave Vermont Health Connect a failing grade in an audit released this week assessing the first year of the exchange’s operation. Grant Thornton, an international auditing firm, identified nine major management problems at Vermont Health Connect between October 2013 and December 2014 and gave the health exchange an “adverse opinion.” That’s one […]

Program that helps save drug users’ lives set to lose major funding

Safe Recovery, which provides HIV and other screenings, operates a needle exchange and distributes naloxone, will lose the majority of its funding at the end of the month.

Auditor: Major problems in Vermont Health Connect procurement process

The state auditor has issued a report raising concerns about software defects, unauthorized contract practices and security weaknesses.

Officials encourage shopping around to lower health care costs

The Legislature’s Health Reform Oversight Committee and the regulatory Green Mountain Care Board are exploring ways to make the price of health care services at hospitals and doctors’ offices available online.

Vermont Health Connect renews 18,000 health plans

Gov. Peter Shumlin and state officials say open enrollment is running smoothly and that Vermont will seek an exemption to the small business mandate.

Increased eligibility, low projections help widen the Medicaid gap

“The good news is we have a record low number of uninsured,” Rep. Mitzi Johnson said. “The tough part is we now have to pay for it.”

Medical society cautions state on Medicare changes

The Vermont Medical Society passed resolutions calling on Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration to not cut any payments that Medicare makes to Vermont doctors for senior citizens’ health care.

State IT projects could reach $1.3 billion

State officials say Vermont’s spending on information technology is not out of line.

Welch spearheads legislation to curb Medicaid fraud

Rep. Peter Welch is co-sponsoring a bill in Congress that would standardize the process for reporting and tracking fraudsters across state borders.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock sues Vermont over Medicaid policy

New Hampshire provider files federal lawsuit claiming that Vermont’s payment policy is unconstitutional.

Company working on Vermont Health Connect portal closes down

A subcontractor that worked on a Vermont Health Connect portal as recently as last week is going out of business, according to the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin. Exeter Group, Inc., a firm that worked as a subcontractor for CGI Technology Systems in 2014, is closing its doors and laying off workers, according to Lawrence […]

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