The veteran politician from Hinesburg has returned to familiar themes in his bid for his old office, but it has also forced him to explain why he wants to reclaim a post he once seemed eager to move on from.
Medicare Advantage plans provide Medicare benefits to retirees through private insurers. These plans often also provide supplemental coverage not offered through traditional Medicare — and at a lower cost — but critics charge that insurers make the numbers work by aggressively denying coverage when seniors file claims.
The state plans to begin engaging with service providers and advocates to figure out how to best target those funds. But Doug Farnham, the deputy secretary of the Agency of Administration, emphasized that the new money still wouldn’t be nearly enough to pay out assistance at prior rates.
The candidate for Vermont state treasurer supports transitioning the state’s public pension investments away from fossil fuels, he said, but “it just comes down to when and how.”
While the governor argued that Vermonters should trust him to continue working on the state’s challenges, his Democratic opponent pressed him about his record on pensions, housing and the opioid crisis, among other topics.
Republican candidates for Congress find themselves in a general election race in which Democrats are eager to make abortion a top issue. And several GOP nominees, in races across the country, are backpedaling or downplaying their views on reproductive rights.
“The state is ending the rental assistance program just when Vermonters need it most. Unless we take action, evictions will increase dramatically, and many more people will become homeless,” Rebecca Plummer, a staff attorney at Vermont Legal Aid, said Monday.
The hourlong event, hosted by VTDigger at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, covered abortion, inflation and the state of democracy in America, among other topics.
Owen Foster, a federal prosecutor who has taken the lead on several major health care fraud cases, will be board’s new chairman, according to the governor’s office. David Murman and Robin Lunge were also appointed.
The outgoing secretary is going to work for Government Sourcing Solutions, a Washington, D.C.-based public procurement firm, advising the company’s private-sector clients about how to sell their technology solutions to state and local governments.