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New business tackles obesity

Posted on March 10, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



MIDDLEBURY — The next new business that could bolster the Vermont brand nationwide is focused on curbing obesity, is connected with the University of Vermont, is based in Middlebury and is directed and managed by Middlebury resident Krista Conley Lincoln.

The business, Vtrim Online Solutions, opened in early February in Middlebury’s industrial park off Exchange Street. It markets to businesses a weight management program developed by UVM.

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Insider pans health insurance sector

 

BURLINGTON — Wendell Potter might be considered the health insurance industry’s enemy number one.

After leaving his executive position at the insurance giant Cigna in 2008, he has fought relentlessly for equitable U.S. health care reform. Addressing Capitol Hill, often featured in the national media and authoring the recent book “Deadly Spin,” Potter is on the warpath to bring the health insurance industry’s most backhanded motives into the spotlight.

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Obama move could boost state's health care efforts

Posted on March 3, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — One of the major blockades to Vermont single-payer health care reform fell last week when President Obama endorsed a bill by the Vermont Congressional delegation to alter the waiver date in the federal Affordable Care Act.

The law currently prohibits waivers from federal reform requirements until 2017, but the president has agreed to support an earlier waiver date that will allow Vermont to implement a single-payer plan in 2014.

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Shumlin outlines health care plan

Posted on February 24, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Gov. Peter Shumlin told Porter Medical Center officials on Tuesday to be patient in weathering what he believes will be a short-term financial storm en route to a new, single-payer health care system he said will bring long-term success and financial sustainability to the industry.

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Hospital tax draws lawmakers' eyes

Posted on February 24, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Local health care providers on Monday continued to warn lawmakers that their industry could soon be in critical condition if the state tries to balance its budget on the backs of hospitals and the medical community.

The subject of health care reform once again dominated discussion at the weekly Addison County Legislative Breakfast, held this week at the Middlebury Legion hall. Porter Hospital officials turned out in force to weigh in on state budget discussions and health care reform efforts under way in Montpelier.

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Porter hospital to raise rates to cover mandatory cost, tax hike

Posted on September 9, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



MIDDLEBURY — In the complex world of hospital budgets, a 4.4 percent rise in revenue added to a 1 percent decline in expenses, but which yields a $90,000 loss for the year is understandable.

So is a tax increase imposed by the federal government that will add an additional $1 million in expenses in 2011, not to mention an $814,060 expense for a digital record keeping system that is mandated under state law.

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State panel will propose health care options to adopt in 2011

Posted on April 19, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — Rep. Steve Maier, D-Middlebury, is in line to participate on a new state commission that would be charged with developing and recommending a new health care system accessible to all Vermonters.

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Porter practice performing well

Posted on April 1, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — It’s been seven months since Middlebury doctors Diana Barnard and Will Porter saw the first patient in their new practice, Partners in Palliative and Home Care, and they say that it is going very well.

And Porter Medical Center board chairman Joe Sutton agreed — he introduced Barnard’s keynote speech at Porter’s annual meeting last Thursday with glowing praise.

“This is a practice that is unique within the state, and even the country,” said Sutton.

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Porter looks to a tough year ahead

Posted on March 29, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — In the wake of the federal health care law enacted last week, many are touting the reforms it will introduce as a victory for individual access to health coverage. At the Porter Medical Center annual meeting last Thursday evening, however, the question at the tip of many tongues was, “What will it do for us?”

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New health care law pumps money, benefits into Vermont

Posted on March 25, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — The massive health care reform bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Sunday and signed into law by President Obama on Tuesday represents an important step forward but falls short of perfection, say Vermonters familiar with the legislation.

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