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GMCB hospital budget hearings begin August 18

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 3:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Green Mountain Care Board has scheduled the FY21 hospital budget hearings to be held in August 2020. These meetings will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams and conference call-in number. The information on how to attend the hearings will be posted on the GMCB Website once the August schedule is posted. The first hearing is August 18 and run through August 28.

Planned Parenthood Vermont reacts to Supreme Court decision on abortion

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 3:07am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Supreme Court on Monday struck down a medically unnecessary Louisiana abortion restriction in a 5-4 decision in June Medical Services v. Russo. This means access to safe, legal abortion in Louisiana is protected for now, but attacks on our reproductive rights continue. The court ruled that Louisiana’s abortion restriction, which is identical to one it struck down four years ago in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, cannot stand under that precedent — it is unconstitutional to impose medically unnecessary laws that burden a person’s right to safe, legal abortion.

VDH COVID-19 Update: Six new cases, adhering to health measures urged

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 5:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, reminded Vermonters on Monday that some US states are hitting single-day records of COVID-19, with the result that their hospital resources are being stretched, and re-opening plans have come to a halt. It appears people in the states seeing an increase in cases have not followed health guidance strictly, particularly social distancing and wearing masks, said Dr Levine, calling it a lesson for Vermonters to keep up our prevention efforts. In Vermont, the VDH is reporting six new cases for a statewide total of 1,208. none of the new cases are related to the outbreaks in Winooski or Rutland or Windham counties. There are no new deaths.

Watch for cyanobacteria in warm summer waters

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 4:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As Vermonters spend more time in the water this Fourth of July weekend and throughout the summer, health officials want you to know what cyanobacteria blooms look like so you can avoid them. With the recent heat wave, many Vermont waters are warmer than usual for this time of year. Warm waters create ideal conditions for cyanobacteria (sometimes referred to as blue-green algae) to grow.

Vermont Community Foundation grants $380,500 from VT COVID-19 Response Fund

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 1:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Monday, the Vermont Community Foundation announced $380,500 in grants in the fourth round of grantmaking from the VT COVID-19 Response Fund. As Governor Phil Scott continues to “turn the spigot” to re-open the state’s economy, Foundation staff focused this round on expanding access to housing, medical care, support services, and other essential items people need to stay safe as social distancing relaxes.

GMP customers can save energy and money while sharing with Vermont Foodbank

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 1:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) customers can now sign up for Save and Share, a pilot program that empowers customers to reduce energy use, saving them and all GMP customers money while also raising money for the Vermont Foodbank during this unprecedented time of increased need. Customers who enroll will get notifications about predicted energy peaks so they can reduce their own energy use during times when power is most expensive, and often dirtiest. This program will further add to savings generated for customers through the network of stored energy GMP already uses to manage energy peaks.

VAHHS health care legislative wrap up, so far

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 12:54pm -- tim

by Devon Green, VAHHS Vice President of Government Relations Everything about the legislature has changed, but one thing remains the same—just when it seemed impossible for all the necessary bills to pass before “leaving town,” it all came together, including a $275 million package for Vermont’s health care providers and an extension on COVID-19 regulatory flexibilities. The legislature has adjourned for now, but they will be back in August to pass the remaining three quarters of the FY 2021 budget and examine and adjust the disbursement of Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF).

VDH COVID-19 Update: 2 new cases for 1,202 statewide

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 5:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health on Sunday reported that the state has reached 1,202 cases of COVID-19. However, there are only 11 new cases since Thursday and no deaths, which remain at 56. Health Commissioner Dr Levine is encouraging Vermonters to “manage your exposure budget,” meaning using common sense to decide how much risk you’re taking on in your daily activities.

Leonine: Legislators offer $170 million for business relief

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 5:14pm -- tim

Leonine Public Affairs The Vermont Legislature spent long hours every day last week working to finalize tax and spending bills for the first quarter of FY21 and allocate hundreds of millions of dollars received from the federal government and placed in the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF). The Senate authorized almost $100 million in “Phase II” CRF spending for Vermont businesses and nonprofit organizations. This follows $70 million authorized in “Phase I” a few weeks ago. The Senate also authorized over $60 million in relief funding for housing which follows $23 million in housing grants in Phase I.

ACCD: Travel map expands, Webinar Monday on federal aid plans

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 4:48pm -- tim

Agency of Commerce & Community Development On Monday, June 29, 2020 at 9 am, the Addison County Economic Development Corporation and the Addison County Chamber of Commerce will host a free webinar with local and state experts to explain the status and breadth of recovery funding programs and other resources for Vermont businesses. Also, see full new guidance on re-opening of the economy.

Four Burlington-area TV stations changing frequencies per FCC

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 2:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As required by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), nearly 1,000 television stations nationwide have or will be transitioning to new frequencies in phases through July 2020. The current and final transition phase includes four local TV stations in the Burlington-Plattsburgh area. Viewers in the Burlington-Plattsburgh area who watch over-the-air television with an antenna will need to re-scan their TV to continue receiving these local channels. These include ABC 22, Fox 44, and two of the Vermont PBS stations.