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MVP first to offer quality of care goals

Tue, 09/28/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

MVP Health Care first Vermont insurer to offer physicians financial
incentives for meeting quality of care goals
(Williston, VT) -- MVP Health Care announced today that it is the first
health insurer in Vermont to establish a "Pay for Performance" program
that offers physicians a financial incentive for meeting a set of
pre-determined quality of care measures.

Seldon Laboratories Selected to Receive NASA 2004 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II Award

Tue, 09/28/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Windsor, VT Seldon Laboratories, LLC, has announced that it had been selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to receive a Phase II contract award under the agencys Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Funding for these research projects may be up to $600,000 for a two-year performance period. Contract negotiations are now underway.

Vermont Families Now Eligible for Discounts on At-Home Weight Loss Services

Tue, 09/28/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Berlin -- Easy, at-home weight loss services are now available to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont members and their families, company officials have announced.
The states largest health plan will include a popular Jenny Craig® program in its new BlueExtras non-benefit discount program. BlueExtras offers discounts on services not normally covered by health insurance benefits to members and their families, even if family members are not enrolled in the health plan.

Burlington Airport passenger traffic hit record high

Mon, 09/27/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Burlington Airport passenger traffic hit record high this summer
Passenger traffic at Burlington International Airport set back-to-back all-time highs in July and August. Julys record of 59,030 was quickly outdistanced the next month when August numbers reached 65,264. Augusts total surpassed August 2003 by 22 percent. In its first full month in service at Burlington International, Independence Air contributed almost 5,000 to those record numbers.

2004 Champlain Valley Fair results

Sun, 09/26/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

ESSEX JUNCTION - The 83rd annual Champlain Valley Fair had one its best seasons ever with 299,168 people - about 1,500 more than 2003 - coming through the gates during the annual 10-day fair, held Aug. 28 to Sept. 6. The slight increase in attendance was due, in part, to enjoying one of the Vermont summers longest stretches of sunny weather during the final week of the fair. From an informal survey of license plates on the grounds, visitors from 41 states and several Canadian provinces attended the fair.

VEDA approves $1.8 million in projects

Sun, 09/26/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Grafton, VT Commercial, technology and agricultural development projects were approved for $1.8 million in financing assistance by the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) Board of Directors at their monthly meeting.
We are pleased to be able to assist in these projects, said Jo Bradley, Chief Executive Officer of VEDA. The outcomes of these investments will be stronger business, technology, and farm enterprises with an increased capacity for future growth.
Projects approved were:

700th captive insurer established in Vermont

Wed, 09/22/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Brisk Pace Continues for 2004
MONTPELIER - Helmerich & Payne Corporation has established Vermont's 700th
captive insurance company, according to the Vermont Department of Banking,
Insurance and Health Care Administration (BISHCA).
"The key factor in our selection of a captive domicile was the dedication
the state had to the success of its captive industry," said Hans
Helmerich, President, Helmerich & Payne, Inc., and White Eagle Assurance

Douglas Announces New Rx Drug Pool for Vermont

Tue, 09/21/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Governor Douglas Announces New Rx Drug Pool for Vermont
Montpelier -- Governor Jim Douglas has announced he will propose a
program to help Vermont's employers' pool their purchasing power to
negotiate lower prescription drug prices for their employees.
"This new pooling program will allow participating employers to afford
prescription drug benefits for their employees by taking advantage of bulk
purchasing discounts," the Governor said.
Governor Douglas said this effort is modeled on the multi-state purchasing

Many Vermont Families Now Eligible for Discounts on Hearing Care Products and Services

Mon, 09/20/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Many Vermont Families Now Eligible for Discounts on Hearing Care Products and Services
Berlin, VT -- Hearing care products and services have been added to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermonts new non-benefit discount program, BlueExtras, the states largest health insurer has announced.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont recently created its BlueExtras program to give its members and their families the tools they need to improve their health status and remain healthy.

Cellucci presents Dubie with Leadership Award

Mon, 09/20/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

U.S. Ambassador to Canada Presents Annual Leadership Award to Vermont Lt.
(BOSTON, MA) - U.S. Ambassador to Canada Paul Cellucci introduced Vermont
Lt. Governor Brian Dubie to a full house of 85 New England and Canadian
business leaders Friday morning (9/17)at the New England-Canada Business
Council's ( annual Leadership Award breakfast at
the Fairmont Copley Plaza.
Dubie addressed the group about his experiences over the past 20 months