Vermont Business Magazine The Shumlin administration today announced that Vermont Health Connect has shut down its website temporarily to complete ongoing operational, technical, performance and security improvements necessary for a well-functioning customer experience when the next open enrollment period begins in November. The site is scheduled to be offline until November 15. The state made the decision to take down the website after consultation with its federal partners at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
by Morgan True vtdigger.org State regulators approved a 3.1 percent overall increase in hospital revenue for the coming year, budgeting a combined $2.2 billion for Vermont’s 14 hospitals. The Green Mountain Care Board approved the six remaining hospital budgets at its Thursday meeting, though the revenue figures won’t be final until hospitals receive signed orders Monday. The hospital budget year begins October 1. The overall increase is worth $67.8 million, and is larger than the approved increase from last year of $57.9 million.
The Kelly Brush Century Ride Powered by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations drew more than 700 riders who raised $320,00 for adaptive athletic equipment for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) and to improve ski racing safety. Riding as teams and individuals, 724 cyclists, including 28 handcyclists, rolled out from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont on September 6 raising a record amount for the Kelly Brush Foundation’s mission to conquer the challenges of paralysis through love of sport and to raise awareness about and raise the bar for ski racing safety.
by John McClaughry Once again Vermonters are preparing to go to the polls, and there are plenty of issues on their plate. For the one third of voters who must pay the school homestead property tax, the Big Issue is likely to be “why am I staring at yet another, bigger school property tax bill? Where does this end?”
For the second year in row, Vermont is one of only four states to exceed the Healthy People 2020 breastfeeding goals established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A 2014 Breastfeeding Report Card published by CDC in August showed Vermont women breastfeed their babies at birth, three months and six months at a rate well above the national average. Vermont exceeded the national goals in five categories including rates of exclusive breastfeeding at three and six months.
Four Vermont citizens and environmental leaders -- Bruce Post, Curt McCormack, Charles W. Johnson, and Kevin B Jones -- filed a petition Monday with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate what they claim are deceptive trade practices of Green Mountain Power in the marketing of renewable energy to Vermont consumers. The petition was filed by the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at Vermont Law School.
Lake Champlain Transportation Company, which operates ship repair and painting facilities in Burlington and Shelburne will take actions to minimize air emissions and protect air quality. In addition, under the settlement, Lake Champlain Transportation Company will pay $100,000 in penalties to resolve EPA claims that the company violated both federal and state clean air regulations.
Norwich University President Richard W Schneider will announce the university’s largest comprehensive fundraising campaign in its history. Called “Forging the Future,” the campaign kicks off Friday at a special gala during the university’s Homecoming 2014 celebration. University officials expect some 3,000 guests, more than half alumni, on campus over the course of the weekend, with events running Thursday, September 18, through Sunday, September 21.
Principal/Chief Creative Officer Michael Jager has revealed the new identity of the evolution of Jager Di Paola Kemp Design. The company, which reconfigured in late 2013, is now Solidarity of Unbridled Labour. Solidarity represents the unity of a focused group of design professionals who, along with clients, create a cohesive partnership that nurtures ideas and collaboratively builds better brands internationally.
At a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the naming of the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, President Matthew Derr announced Monday that an anonymous donor has pledged a gift of $1 million to be matched by gifts from trustees, alumni, and friends of Vermont’s college of environmental stewardship.
Vermont Business Magazine New unemployment claims in Vermont edged up again last week. Claims are typically low this time of year. They tend to rise in the transition from summer to back-to-school in early September. However, they remain under 500 as the school season begins.
A Vermont Law School student spent the summer shadowing a North Carolina lawyer in a case where two innocent men finally saw justice after 31 years in prison on a rape and murder conviction — making international headlines and forever changing the lives of the defendants and their defense team.