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Smith: Thinking ahead in health care

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 5:32am -- tim

by Mike Smith Nowadays, participants subjecting themselves to arduous military training are asked to swallow a capsule so medical personnel can continuously monitor their vital signs from afar. In some respects this capsule represents how technology will drive the design of our health care system in the future. No doubt these technological advances will significantly change our current health care delivery model, but they also have the potential to make health care more affordable and accessible, while maintaining quality.

Blue Cross' Don George receives Go Red for Women Crystal Heart Award from the American Heart Association

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 6:03am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Don George, President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, has been honored by the American Heart Association (AHA) for helping improve the health and wellness of Vermonters and Vermont businesses through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s (BCBSVT) Accountable Blue program. George received the Go Red for Women Crystal Heart Award at the Association’s annual Go Red For Women Luncheon on Thursday, January 28.

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP files class action suit against Keurig Green Mountain, Inc

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 12:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, based in San Diego, has announced that a class action has been commenced in the United States District Court for the District ofVermont on behalf of shareholders of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. ("Keurig") (NASDAQ:GMCR) on December 7, 2015, in connection with the proposed acquisition of Keurig by JAB Holdings BV. On December 7, 2015, Keurig and JAB jointly announced that they had entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger pursuant to which JAB will purchase Keurig for $92 per share in cash.

Shap Smith: Act 46 adjustment returns focus to education

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 9:29am -- tim

by Speaker of the House Shap Smith The first major hurdle of the 2016 legislative session was resolved Saturday when lawmakers approved a tweak to the cost containment threshold in Act 46, last year’s education governance reform bill. The debate echoed many familiar conversations about our school system. There were speeches about declining enrollment, property taxes, and the relationship between state and local government.

Shumlin to sign bill to address Act 46 spending caps

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 9:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin issued the following statement on legislation passed to amend the spending caps in Act 46. The governor reviewed the bill and signed it Saturday, following a rare midnight session by the House. A flood of complaints from towns about the school spending and consolidation bill, passed just last year, resulted in the Legislature hastily coming up with two options: repeal the whole thing or modify what the spending limits would be.

Kate McNellis goes from sewing clothes to sowing flower seeds

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 7:19am -- tim

by Sarah Tuff Dunn University of Vermont Continuing and Distance Education Of the millions of profile titles on LinkedIn, the one that belongs to Kate McNellis is one of the most poetic: Flower farmer at Stray Cat Flower Farm. Dig a little deeper, however, and discover that McNellis, who graduated from UVM in 2000 with a degree in environmental studies, wasn’t always toiling in the soil. Instead, she was trimming garments for fashion designer Nanette Lepore, sketching swimwear for Aeropostale, and styling for Victoria’s Secret. 

UVM joins fight against bovine mycobacterial diseases

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 4:19am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Thirteen land-grant institutions, includinig the University of Vermont, and partner organizations are working across state lines to develop and enhance tools needed to limit the spread of Johne's disease (JD) and bovine tuberculosis complex (TB) in livestock. JD and TB are two of the most widespread mycobacterial diseases in the US. JD alone costs the dairy industry in excess of $200 million per year.

Work 4 Kids pilot project to helps parents pay child support

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 4:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine When parents don't make their court-ordered child support payments it does not always mean that they are unwilling. Sometimes, they are simply not able to pay. They may be out of work. They may only be able to find part-time work. They may not earn enough to pay both their living expenses and child support bills.

Vermont State Police will not open investigation into Attorney General Sorrell

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 4:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont State Police released a statement Friday afternoon stating that its detectives have met with federal law enforcement authorities regarding a complaint of criminal misconduct received as a result of the civil review of campaign finance activities by Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell. The State Police have concluded that no state based investigation will be commenced. Federal authorities have been provided with facts and documents known to state police detectives relative to this complaint.

Senate committee supports legalizing marijuana

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 12:46pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin seems to have gotten his way so far in Vermont taking a deliberate course toward legalizing marijuana. The Senate Judiciary Committee this morning passed, by a vote of 4 to 1 S.241, legislation to legalize marijuana in Vermont. The governor has opposed the legalization as a tax revenue grab, instead wanting the state to use legalization to benefit law enforcement and drug rehabilitation. He wants legal marijuana to be cheap enough to help drive out illegal drug dealers.

Two days left in Vermont Health Connect open enrollment

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 12:13pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Health Connect announced today that its Customer Support Center will offer special hours this weekend, the final weekend of open enrollment, to accept new applications and to assist with plan changes. Wait times may be long as the Sunday deadline approaches. Vermonters who do not sign up for coverage or request a plan change by Sunday may have to wait until next January to do so. The toll-free number (855-899-9600) will be open:

·         Saturday, January 30: 8am to 4:30pm