Al Gobeille

Gobeille: Opioid crisis ‘is ubiquitous. It’s literally everywhere’

The state’s human services secretary estimated that roughly 1 in 3 Vermont addicts are in treatment.

Psych facility fined $14,000 for not protecting staff from patients

The Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued three citations to the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin for what inspectors called serious safety violations.

Health leaders call new Obamacare repeal worse than the first

At least 60,000 Vermonters could lose coverage, and the state could lose $200 million a year in Medicaid money, they say. “The House bill is a bad bill,” says Rutland hospital CEO Tom Huebner.

Proposal to shift more money into pre-K subsidies languishes

The property tax implications of transferring money out of the education fund generated some criticism. The bill also aims to iron out issues with implementing universal preschool.

Carcinogens found at St. Johnsbury state offices

Eighty-five Agency of Human Services employees who work in three office spaces were moved after chemicals typically associated with dry cleaning were found under the foundation of the building Thursday.

Trump health care bill could cost Vermont $200 million

State officials say more people will go without health insurance as a result of the federal law.

UPDATED: Rothenberg won’t be reappointed to run psychiatric hospital

Jeff Rothenberg revealed in an email to the hospital’s advisory board that his last day is Friday.

Human services chief promises review of mental health system

Al Gobeille said he has scheduled a meeting Friday with hospitals, mental health providers, independent doctors and others to take a broad look at improving care.

Stakeholders say Obamacare repeal would be gradual

Lobbyists for insurance companies say dismantling the Affordable Care Act would happen piece by piece and that it would take years to replace.

Prison hostage situation resolved without injury

Inmate Matthew Hinton allegedly used a three-foot-long broken section of a broom handle to take another prisoner hostage.

2017 Legislative Preview: Medicaid, mental health and Vermont Health Connect

Medicaid spending will once again be a driving factor in a projected $55 million to $75 million budget gap.

VAHHS Statement on Gobeille Appointment

News Release — Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems Dec. 7, 2016 Contact: Jeff Tieman, President and CEO Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems Telephone: (802) 223-3461, x111 Email: [email protected] Statement of Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems Regarding: Appointment of Al Gobeille as Secretary of the Agency of Human Services The […]

Scott picks Gobeille as secretary of human services, taps Young for top Fifth Floor job

The governor-elect tapped the head of the Green Mountain Care Board to lead the state’s largest agency. Susanne Young, former counsel for Jim Douglas, will be secretary of the agency of administration.

Gerry Silverstein: Searching for the truth about ACOs and big hospitals

Al Gobeille has consistently argued there is a national consensus that ACOs are the best way to control costs, yet study after study has detailed there is no consensus, and especially not ACOs run by large monopolistic hospitals.