Erin Mansfield

Erin Mansfield

Erin Mansfield covers health care and business for VTDigger. From 2013 to 2015, she wrote for the Rutland Herald and Times Argus. Erin holds a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she also attended journalism school. Erin has worked in public and private schools across Vermont and interned in the U.S. Senate. She has been published by the Columbia Journalism Review and the Society of Professional Journalists. She grew up in Killington.

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    Governor signs two mental health bills into law

    Gov. Phil Scott has signed into law two of the several mental health bills the Legislature passed this year. Scott put his signature to H.230, which allows minors to consent to outpatient mental health counseling, and H.184, which directs the Agency of Human Services to research the causes of suicide. He signed them Wednesday without […]

    Unemployment rate shows uptick in April

    Vermont’s unemployment rate rose slightly in April to 3.1 percent after holding steady at 3 percent in February and March, according to preliminary data from the Department of Labor. Vermont tied with Iowa and Utah for the sixth-lowest rate in the country, behind Colorado (2.3 percent), North Dakota (2.7 percent), New Hampshire and South Dakota […]

    Montpelier officials seek to keep from losing NECI

    “We are making every effort to try and persuade them to stay in Montpelier,” Mayor John Hollar said. The culinary school said it currently has no plans to go.

    Legislative leaders criticize Gov. Scott’s promised veto

    The leaders of the Vermont House and Senate said they have directed their caucuses to get some rest. Meanwhile, the governor sought to assure Vermonters that he would not allow a government shutdown.

    Legislature passes bill creating public retirement plan

    The program, called the Green Mountain Secure Retirement Plan, will be available to small businesses who may otherwise be unable to offer a retirement benefit to workers.

    House committee abandons medical pay parity bill

    The Senate passed H.29 on May 5, the day the Legislature had planned to adjourn. The chair of the House Health Care Committee said there was not enough time to consider the bill.

    Democrats link Scott’s housing priorities to budget enactment

    If Scott vetoes the budget, he will be both vetoing his own housing bond and delaying the effective date of his proposed housing tax credits.

    Hundreds of teachers, allies protest Scott’s health care plan

    They characterized the plan, which the governor has said would save the state $26 million, as a political ploy to violate their collective bargaining rights.

    Scott signs shield law for journalists

    Journalists lobbied the Vermont Legislature to pass the so-called shield law, which will protect journalists from revealing confidential sources, such as whistleblowers, in court.

    Vermont Care Organization to rework vision, priorities

    The VCO, which was set up to handle the all-payer model, will not suspend operations but is asking a panel to determine what should happen with the organization in the future.

    Blue Cross requests 12.7 percent premium increase

    This is the most that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont has asked to raise prices since Vermont Health Connect started in 2014. The insurer says about half the increase is beyond its control.

    Shorthanded regulatory board can’t agree on surgical center

    The three remaining members on the five-seat Green Mountain Care Board say they cannot take action because they have not reached a consensus.

    Legislature passes narrowed consumer protection bill

    The bill addresses fantasy sports and home escrow accounts. Also, the secretary of state’s office would look at how to regulate the home improvement industry to root out fraud.

    Governor signs pregnancy accommodations bill

    The law will give women the same rights in the workplace as those with diabilities.