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Single-payer advocate urges GMCB to reject health insurance rate hikes

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In response to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont’s 8.4 percent rate increase request for their 2016 Vermont Health Connect health insurance plans, the Healthcare is a Human Right campaign released an opposing statement (see below.) Supporters of the campaign stated their case in Montpelier Wednesday by calling on the Green Mountain Care Board to reject the rate hikes and resume its role in guiding Vermont to a universal, publicly financed healthcare system.

Gasoline price drops to accelerate from Labor Day through late fall

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:45am -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine According to a national industry analyst, 2015’s second half represents a strong expectation, in Vermont and across the country, that motorists will spend even less on gasoline this year than they did in 2014. GasBuddy experts say that before Christmas, as many as 20 states could have average gas prices below $2 per gallon as the national average for December slips to $1.98. Vermont is not one of those states expected to fall under $2. However, at an average price $2.65 today, Vermont is a penny lower than the US average.

Disaster assistance applicant briefings set for Addison and Chittenden counties

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:17am -- tim

Communities in Addison and Chittenden counties will begin the application process for receiving federal assistance to help recover from severe storms and flooding on June 9th.  President Barack Obama signed a major disaster declaration for those counties earlier this week.  The Public Assistance declaration allows communities in those counties to apply for federal reimbursement for 75% of response and recovery costs associated with that storm.

Employees purchase The New School of Montpelier from founder as a worker cooperative

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 4:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The employees of The New School of Montpelier (NSM) in Vermont have purchased the school from its founder and will be operating it as the state’s largest worker cooperative. Founded in 2005 by Susan Kimmerly, the NSM serves students ages 6 – 22 with intensive disabilities; primarily children and young adults with autism, cognitive disabilities, and challenging behaviors, often related to trauma.

Three charged with participation in Medicaid fraud scheme

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 4:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Gloria Relation, age 70, of Williamstown, Vermont, and Jamie LaFountain, age 27, of East Montpelier, Vermont, were each arraigned on July 30, 2015, in Vermont Superior Court for Washington County on one felony count of Medicaid fraud. Additionally, Chris Relation, age 43, of Barre, Vermont, was arraigned on one felony count each of Medicaid Fraud, False Pretenses, and Identity Theft. The Court imposed conditions of release governing the parties’ conduct while the case is pending.

On 50th anniversary of Medicare, Sanders proposes Medicare-for-All

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 4:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine. Addressing a rally outside the Capitol to mark the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today announced that he will introduce legislation to provide Medicare-for-all health insurance.

“We need to expand Medicare to cover every man, woman and child as a single-payer national health care program,” Sanders told a rally held by National Nurses United in a park near the Capitol.

Vermont businesses targeted in wire transfer fraud imposter scam

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 4:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is warning about an imposter scam targeting Vermont businesses. Since February four Vermont businesses have reported to the Attorney General’s Office that they received fraudulent emails purporting to be company representatives, requesting wire transfers of tens of thousands of dollars. The reports involve fraudulent communications that are not associated with the businesses in question.

CVMC receives grant to purchase Vermont art for patient rooms

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine “There are pictures in the hospitals, but none in the patients’ rooms.” Those words, spoken by Susan Sebastian to her mother during one of her many lengthy hospital stays, brought about the Susan Sebastian Foundation. After Susan’s death in April 2009, Elise Braun decided to honor the memory of her daughter by providing art for patient rooms in Vermont hospitals. The art chosen, all created by Vermont artists, is intended to transport the patient beyond the hospital walls that confine them.

Senate OKs temporary highway funding bill, approves long-term plan

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In a vote of 65 to 34, the US Senate Thursday afternoon approved a comprehensive six-year authorization for transportation programs and the Highway Trust Fund. The House has not yet drafted or acted on a long-term bill. Because the six-year bill is only partially funded, the Senate today passed a stopgap fix to replenish the Highway Trust Fund for three months before its funding would have been depleted Friday at Midnight. The House is expected to also pass the stopgap measure.

CEO Kevin Donovan of Mt Ascutney Hospital named Arthur Vining Davis Fellow at 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 2:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Kevin W Donovan, CEO of Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) was recently selected to join the inaugural class of Arthur Vining Davis Fellows at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival. Fellows were selected from a competitive field of national nominees who are emerging leaders with diverse backgrounds and who represent the entrepreneurial spirit, intellectual curiosity and leadership qualities of Mr. Arthur Vining Davis, the longtime CEO of the Alcoa Corporation and supporter of the Festival.

2015 inductees revealed for Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 2:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Committee for the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the inductees for 2015. Recipients are chosen based on their accomplishments and significant contributions to Vermont agriculture. These nominees will be honored on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, during the invitation only luncheon at the Champlain Valley Exposition. Also during that time, the black and white photographs of the 2014 inductees will be revealed.