Tucked in the 2024 budget bill is the chamber’s answer to retired state employees’ alarm about the administration’s proposed switch to commercial Medicare.
Author: Kristen Fountain
Hospital heads, Peter Welch discuss rural health care challenges
The roundtable discussion accompanied the announcement that the St. Johnsbury and Morrisville hospitals are in line for new low-interest federal loans, described by the hospitals’ leaders as bright spots in an environment even more challenging than the pandemic.
Advocates call health department’s opioid spending priorities rushed
Vermonters living with opioid addiction told legislators Thursday that there had not been enough time allowed for consideration of more innovative — and potentially more impactful — uses for opioid lawsuits settlement funds.
House gives preliminary approval to new gun restrictions
A multi-hour debate on a bill focused on suicide prevention ended with a vote that fell mostly along party lines.
Board allows broader use of UVM Health Network funds
The Green Mountain Care Board decision gives the Department of Mental Health the lead in setting spending priorities.
Health advocates hope to clinch a ban on flavored tobacco this year
A finance committee vote Wednesday afternoon stands between the bill and the Senate floor.
Suicide prevention gun bill heads to House floor
The House Judiciary Committee approved three proposed changes to Vermont’s gun laws after a two-week effort to accommodate Vermont’s youth hunting traditions and likely federal constitutional challenges to come.
Vermont settles aid-in-dying lawsuit, allowing Connecticut woman to use procedure
The agreement allows a Vermont doctor to provide care to the Connecticut woman who brought the federal suit, and commits the state health department to supporting repeal of the state’s current residency requirement.
State regulators require shakeup at Green Mountain Support Services
The service agency, based in Morristown, provides direct support and coordinates shared living arrangements for Vermonters with developmental disabilities and brain injuries.
Care board pushes off vote on inpatient psychiatric care funds
The decision on whether to loosen restrictions on the use of $18 million held by the UVM Health Network has raised questions about the board’s ability to direct private health care investment.