In order to relieve stress on the incomplete website, previously insured users are being asked to avoid it and, unless they have a problem, the call center, too. Snail mail is the recommended option. Additional costs to make the exchange functional could deepen the state’s budget gap. The project has a “current shortfall” of $11 million in requested federal grants and could need as much as $8.5 million beyond that, according to the internal memos.
Joanne Calvi, a public health nurse and state health department official, was dispatched on Monday with the Rutland County sheriff to retrieve Peter Italia upon his return from West Africa. Calvi describes how Italia was handed over to them by federal officials, and her conversation with him during the five-hour drive to Rutland.
Chris Louras was in email contact with Peter Italia during the latter’s trip to Africa. The Mayor said he wanted to track Italia’s activities and learn when he planned to come home. The last email, from Oct. 26, indicated that Italia was returning to the U.S. He was met by state officials at the airport and put into voluntary quarantine to ensure he is not infected with the Ebola virus.
The first official discovery of Peter Italia’s visit to West Africa came from a county prosecutor, who was seeking him as a witness in an unrelated case. She noticed Italia’s postings on Facebook, and triggered a series of events that led to Italia’s voluntary confinement upon his return to America.
Existing Vermont Health Connect customers looking to renew coverage during the open enrollment period that starts Nov. 15 will be asked to avoid the exchange’s web portal, a state official said. Chief of Health Care Reform Lawrence Miller said the VHC web portal is expected to relaunch before Nov. 15, but those seeking changes will […]
A Windsor County woman was convicted of submitting false timesheets to obtain Medicaid pay for home care, the Attorney General’s Office said. Megan Hill of Perkinsville was sentenced to 18 to 36 months in jail, suspended, and placed on 18 months of probation. She was also ordered to pay $4,485 in restitution to Vermont Medicaid. […]
Districts could see a $39 million statewide drop in health care premium costs if school districts offered gold level insurance plans to school staff under the exchange. Under a single payer initiative, school districts could save between $83 million and $119 million in premiums, and taxpayers would see a drop in property tax rates of between 8 cents and 12 cents per $100 of assessed property.
The Shumlin administration has announced $2.6 million in health care reform grants to seven organizations. The grants, revealed on Friday, will support initiatives to align doctor and hospital payments with quality outcomes, increase coordination within the health care system and create an interoperable electronic medical records system to support the sharing of patient information across organizations. […]