The Board of Trustees of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has selected Gregory Dewey, PhD, to be the College's next president. When he assumes his new role on July 1, 2014, Dewey will become just the eighth president in the school's 132-year history.The college is based in Albany, NY, with a campus in Colchester, Vermont.
by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org The House Appropriations Committee is getting an early start on the Budget Adjustment Act — the mid-year realignment of state expenditures and revenues.
The committee began with an overview from the Shumlin administration on Monday and this month will go through every line item with department commissioners and agency secretaries.
by Alicia Freese vtdigger.org Once written off as a “nothing burger” by Gov. Peter Shumlin, problems with the payment portion of Vermont Health Connect have forced another delay in the state’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has affirmed its “A+” rating for bonds issued by the New Hampshire Health and Education Facilities Authority for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Obligated Group (Dartmouth-Hitchcock) on the authority's $200.4 million series 2009 and 2010 bonds. At the same time, Standard & Poor's also revised its outlook from “negative” to “stable.”
Vermont Health Connect Navigators and officials are participating in and hosting upcoming events to educate Vermonters about new health coverage options. More than 200 Navigators are available in communities throughout the state to help Vermonters learn more, enroll in a plan, and access financial help through Vermont Health Connect.
by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org Dr Jaskanwar Batra is returning to his old job at the Vermont Department of Mental Health. Batra, a psychiatrist, will fill the medical director position that remained vacant after his departure a year ago. He left the department to take a position with Vermont Health Co-op, a health insurance venture that recently dissolved after it failed to obtain approval from the state.
by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org Entergy Corp representatives and state officials will meet today in Governor Peter Shumlin’s office to negotiate a number of issues related to the shutdown of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant.
The Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) Monday announced that premium processing and payment functions to allow individuals and families to enroll in coverage selected through Vermont Health Connect (VHC) will be deployed overnight for a Tuesday launch. Because testing of those functions for small businesses is ongoing, current 2013 plans for employers that have signed up with VHC will be extended into 2014 to ensure there will be no lapse in coverage.
New unemployment claims were up slightly and back over 800 claims. For the week of November 23, 2013, there were 805 new, regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont. This is an increase of 16 from the previous week's total, and 817 fewer than they were a year ago.
by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org A recent survey confirms what anyone who drives to Montpelier already knows: Parking is a nightmare. And that problem is about to get worse.
The city is planning an urban, multi-modal transit center and park on the Carr Lot along River Street that will eat up 100 spaces. Construction is set to begin in October 2014.
Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont, announced today that the previously announced acquisition of Tops Holding II by a group of senior managers of the Company led by Tops president and CEO,
by Hilary Niles vtdigger.org Vermont’s position in the corridor between the global aerospace hubs of Connecticut and Québec will come into focus Monday at the fourth International Aerospace Innovation Forum in Montreal.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock gastroenterologist Corey Siegel, MD, MS, is no stranger to patients having colonoscopy jitters. He knows that fear of the unknown holds a lot of patients back: 28 percent of those over age 50 have not been screened for colon cancer, largely due to fears about the preparation and the procedure itself. Siegel, along with Geisel School of Medicine graduate Jonathan
by Alicia Freese vtdigger.org Homelessness is on the rise in Vermont, according to the most recent federal data. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) last week released its annual report, which tallies homelessness across the nation on a single day in January.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Vermont State of Vermont are seeking public input on a recently released draft proposal to restore Lake Champlain. Also released is a timeline for completing the Lake Champlain restoration plan, which includes a number of opportunities for the public to get involved.
According to GasBuddy.com, Vermont gasoline prices are $3.49 per gallon today, which is 17 cents lower than they were a year ago. The national price for gasoline this Thanksgiving will average $3.27 per gallon, 16 cents per gallon less than last Thanksgiving, and 5 cents per gallon cheaper than 2011.
As residents of Northern New England prepare for Thanksgiving, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging organizations that fight hunger to consider applying for federal assistance to implement hunger-combating, food security infrastructure.
The Executive Committee of the NVDA Board of Directors has named David Snedeker Executive Director of NVDA. The leadership transition is scheduled to take place in December. Board President John Morley said, "Dave has the credentials and experience to step into this critically important position to oversee both regional planning and economic development efforts in the three counties of Caledonia, Essex and Orleans. We are lucky to have his expertise on staff which will allow for a smooth transition."
With Thanksgiving falling at the end of November and holiday decorations and sales already in stores, Citizens Bank is offering shopping and spending tips to help consumers manage their finances and avoid overspending during the busy holiday shopping season.
Citing the need for a policy that creates local jobs and supports Vermonters who want to produce their own energy, Vermont's renewable energy businesses are calling on the Governor to support a solution that strengthens the state's popular net metering program.
State of Vermont Agency of Commerce's Vermont Global Trade Partnership Reports Positive Results for First Day of MEDICA Trade Show
Vermont Global Trade Partnership (VGTP) recruited four Vermont companies to attend MEDICA & COMPAMED 2013, the world’s largest medical trade fair and global trade event for high tech medical technology, manufacturing and solutions. 4,641 exhibitors from 66 countries are participating in MEDICA and COMPAMED is expecting 681 exhibitors from 37 nations.
by Hilary Niles vtdigger.org Statewide base property tax rates might increase again — by a nickel in 2015 — to meet the rising cost of education. But in recommending the rate bump, Tax Commissioner Mary Peterson also suggests looking for a way to get schools to curb spending.
Ending decades of disputes over proposals to construct the Chittenden County Circumferential Highway, Governor Peter Shumlin today released a task force report outlining 34 alternative projects to ease traffic congestion in the ‘Circ’ region that provide maximum economic benefit with minimum environmental damage.