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Vermont AG settles claims against discount membership company and JC Penney

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 3:42pm -- tim

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has settled consumer protection claims against Stonebridge Benefit Services, Inc, a seller of discount membership programs, and against JC Penney Company, Inc, which provided Stonebridge with consumer credit card information. Under the settlement, Stonebridge will pay a total of over $400,000 to Vermont consumers and the State.

SVMC Rheumatology announces increased availability

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:50am -- tim

Rheumatology patients will notice that it will be easier to get an appointment at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Rheumatology.  Carol Louise Young, MD has joined the practice. As a result, appointments will be available four days a week. The office – which is located at 140 Hospital Drive, Suite 307 in Bennington – is now open 7 am–3 pm Monday through Thursday, closed for the lunch hour.

“I look forward to bringing personalized patient evaluation, education and treatment options to my patients with painful, life-changing conditions,” Young said.

Active.com to refund Vermont runners

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:48am -- tim

Over 1,500 Vermont consumers may receive more than $160,000 from Active Network, LLC, a Texas-based company that provides an online platform for individuals to register for races and other recreational activities. The refunds stem from Active’s deceptive method of signing consumers up for its discount membership program – ActiveAdvantage – during online registration for races, according to the Vermont Attorney General.

St Louis firm to provide comprehensive correctional healthcare in Vermont

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 8:31am -- tim

Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) of St Louis has announced that Centurion Managed Care, LLC has been notified by the State of Vermont of its intent to award Centurion a contract for comprehensive correctional healthcare services. Centurion, a joint venture between Centene and MHM Services Inc, will provide medical and behavioral health services to offenders and detainees housed at eight facilities throughout the state.

McClaughry: The coming Administrative State

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 5:15am -- tim

by John McClaughry The Vermont Administrative State is again on the march. The Administrative State is one where many functions of government are centralized and controlled by state agencies and boards, and ever fewer are retained under the democratic control of local public bodies and the people themselves.

Since 1921 Vermont has had an Administrative State for Transportation. The State took control of state and federal highways, and generally supervised town roads and streets, airports and railroads.

Lamoille Home Health & Hospice receives $5,000 donation from Stowe Rotary

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 4:51am -- tim

Lamoille Home Health & Hospice has received a donation in the amount of $5,000 from Stowe Rotary President Iain Davies. Executive Director Kathy Demars along with Board Chair, Neal Fisher, and Clinical Director, Jennifer Beebe accepted the check on behalf of the Agency. Stowe Rotary had chosen LHH&H the beneficiary of their Friday night Rocktoberfest event at this year’s Oktoberfest. According to Davies, “Stowe Rotary knows the value of the services provided throughout Lamoille County by Lamoille Home Health & Hospice.

'Shop Vermont This Holiday Season!' campaign kicks off

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 2:47pm -- tim

The Vermont Retail & Grocers Association (VRGA), in partnership with Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) and the Vermont Small Business Administration (VT SBA), held a press conference today at Outdoor Gear Exchange in Burlington to kick off a “Shop Vermont This Holiday Season!” statewide awareness campaign. VRGA President Jim Harrison, VBSR Executive Director Andrea Cohen, and VT SBA District Director Darcy Carter worked with Representative Peter Welch’s office to organize and present the event.

Vermont EPSCoR survey finds most are willing to pay more for lake cleanup

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 12:42pm -- tim

Vermont EPSCoR RACC has concluded its surveys assessing Vermont household’s willingness to pay to improve the health of Lake Champlain. The first survey was distributed in 2012 to over 5,000 households in Vermont. The second was conducted in 2013, as part of the longstanding “Vermonter Poll” which the University of Vermont’s Center for Rural Studies performs annually, contacting over 2,000 households. Together, results indicated that 65 percent of respondents would be willing to pay at least $40 per year to help improve the health of Lake Champlain.

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