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BCBSVT offering paperless explanations of benefits

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) announces that its members may now enroll in electronic delivery of explanation of benefits documents. BCBSVT is committed to reducing the amount of paper we use to administer our benefits plans. In past years, we’ve greatly reduced the amount of hardcopy benefits materials we send out, which reduces overall administrative costs for our members.

Blue Cross study reveals disparities in post-heart attack treatment between women and men, Vermont rate highest in US for men

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Women receive fewer aggressive treatments after a heart attack than men, a pattern that emerges even as a greater percentage of women than men die or become disabled due to heart attacks, according to a new study. The new report by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and Blue Health Intelligence (BHI) shows that following a heart attack, women are 27 percent less likely than men to receive angioplasties to open clogged arteries.

New van service removes significant obstacle to drug treatment in Addison County

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:22am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The road to recovery is about to get a little easier in Addison County with a free shuttle service now offered to people seeking treatment for substance use challenges. This service, offered by Burlington Labs, addresses one of the major hurdles for people who live in rural areas: lack of transportation.

Store Brand Infant Formula celebrates baby's picture perfect

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Admit it. A baby's moments are worth a thousand pictures, each one offering a window into her soul, personality and utter uniqueness. From comedy (the funny face) to drama (the petulant pout) and everything in between, we can't help but capture the subtle yet significant transformation of our children on a daily basis. To celebrate this wondrous journey, Georgia, Vermont-based Perrigo Nutritionals, makers of Store Brand Infant Formula sold at leading retailers across the nation, has announced the Store Brand Formula #UniqueBaby starting September 28 and running through November 6.

Analysis: What you need to know about open enrollment

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 3:54am -- tim

by Seth N Blanchard The benefits package your employer offers is a valuable part of your total compensation. Making the right choices is critical and it’s worth spending the time to get it right. Use the “Open enrollment” season as an opportunity to review plan options, ask important questions and make informed benefits choices you’ll feel good about all year.

Women Helping Battered Women announces October Calendar of Events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2015

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 2:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Domestic Violence agencies all around the country, including Women Helping Battered Women (WHBW) in Burlington, are gearing up for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). For the last 41 years WHBW has provided violence prevention and supportive services for those affected by domestic abuse in Chittenden County.  This year’s events include: 

The Perfect Victim Screening and Community Discussion

October 8th at 6:30pm, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center Film House

Amtrak train derails in Northfield

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 12:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Local and state emergency crews in and around Northfield responded to an Amtrak train derailment Monday morning, the Vermont State Police has reported. The passenger train (the Vermonter, which travels between St Albans and Washington, DC, each day) was headed south when it struck a rockslide and derailed in the town of Northfield at 10:30 am. Seven people were transported to area hospitals with injuries.

Mike Smith: It’s the economy, stupid

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 10:15am -- tim

by Mike Smith In 1992, then-candidate for president Bill Clinton defeated incumbent George HW Bush and won the presidency by focusing on the economy. In 2016, more than 20 years later, Vermont politicians wishing to be elected to political office would be wise to have a similar focus. According to a recent poll conducted by the Castleton Polling Institute, Vermonters list economic issues as their top concern. More than a third of Vermonters said that the economy, jobs and the cost of living in Vermont was their top concern.

Norwich University raises $70 million towards $100 million fundraising goal

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 9:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University has raised $70 million in year two of its five-year, $100 million “Forging the Future” capital campaign. University President Richard W Schneider made the announcement on Saturday to 720 alumni, donors, trustees, faculty and staff at a luncheon held in Kreitzberg Arena. Part of Homecoming festivities held October 1-4, the event launched Norwich’s “Year of Transformation,” the second themed year in the university’s five-year countdown to its 2019 Bicentennial.

Josh Hanford named Deputy Commissioner of Housing

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 9:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin has announced the appointment of Josh Hanford as Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). “For many years, Josh has been providing critical support to Vermont communities, helping them build affordable housing and developing vibrant local economies. I’m pleased he is joining the team” said Shumlin.