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The global pandemic has been difficult for all of us – individuals, families, parents, students, employers, employees, the list goes on. Health care providers too have faced new challenges and stepped into new roles. Hospitals incurred significant unexpected expense as they planned for a possible surge…
We cannot not let our guard down.     Right now, Vermont has a low infection rate and less than a handful of people hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide. Our ICU capacity is not stressed and community transmission is not substantial. This great news is the result of our collective hard work. But…
by Devon Green 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…
by Devon Green Vice President of Government Relations   It feels unnatural to be doing a legislative update at the end of June, but bills continue to pass thanks to the magic of Zoom and YouTube. Legislators are working diligently, with an eye towards recessing for a July break at the end of this…
by Devon Green Vice President of Government Relations   On Thursday, the legislature announced its plans for the rest of the year. They will pass a budget for the first quarter of FY21 and “ready-to-pass” bills by June 26th. Lawmakers will then spend the remainder of June passing bills that appropriate…
The word “hope” commonly appears in tag lines of hospitals and health systems. There is a reason for this. Hope is what we have in the face of tough diagnoses and challenging recoveries. It is also what we have when the bad news keeps coming and it seems that our world is on fire. A global pandemic…
by Devon Green Vice President of Government Relations   June has turned into all the ups and downs of an entire session as legislators craft an enormous appropriation from the $1.25 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund within the span of one month.     Last Week Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF): VAHHS…
by Devon Green Vice President of Government Relations   Last Week   Coronavirus $1.25 Billion Relief Fund: VAHHS updated the health care committees on the current financial status of Vermont’s hospitals, noting that while hospitals have received federal funding, the amount does not cover the Medicare…
by Devon Green Vice President of Government Relations   Last Week   Resuming Non-Urgent Care: On Friday, Governor Scott announced that hospitals may resume inpatient procedures under the guidance released by the Vermont Department of Health. He also announced that dentistry and mental health and…
Federal and State Emergency Initiatives 5-16-20   The Scott Administration and the legislature remain busy as Vermont extends its state of emergency to June 15th while slowly reopening. Last Week Resuming Outpatient Care: To follow up on its May 4 announcement, the Vermont Department of Health released official…
The global pandemic has been difficult for all of us – individuals, families, parents, students, employers, employees, the list goes on. Health care providers too have faced new challenges and stepped into new roles. Hospitals incurred significant unexpected expense as they planned for a possible surge…
We cannot not let our guard down.     Right now, Vermont has a low infection rate and less than a handful of people hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide. Our ICU capacity is not stressed and community transmission is not substantial. This great news is the result of our collective hard work. But…
by Devon Green 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…
by Devon Green Vice President of Government Relations   It feels unnatural to be doing a legislative update at the end of June, but bills continue to pass thanks to the magic of Zoom and YouTube. Legislators are working diligently, with an eye towards recessing for a July break at the end of this…
by Devon Green Vice President of Government Relations   On Thursday, the legislature announced its plans for the rest of the year. They will pass a budget for the first quarter of FY21 and “ready-to-pass” bills by June 26th. Lawmakers will then spend the remainder of June passing bills that appropriate…
The word “hope” commonly appears in tag lines of hospitals and health systems. There is a reason for this. Hope is what we have in the face of tough diagnoses and challenging recoveries. It is also what we have when the bad news keeps coming and it seems that our world is on fire. A global pandemic…
by Devon Green Vice President of Government Relations   June has turned into all the ups and downs of an entire session as legislators craft an enormous appropriation from the $1.25 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund within the span of one month.     Last Week Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF): VAHHS…
by Devon Green Vice President of Government Relations   Last Week   Coronavirus $1.25 Billion Relief Fund: VAHHS updated the health care committees on the current financial status of Vermont’s hospitals, noting that while hospitals have received federal funding, the amount does not cover the Medicare…
by Devon Green Vice President of Government Relations   Last Week   Resuming Non-Urgent Care: On Friday, Governor Scott announced that hospitals may resume inpatient procedures under the guidance released by the Vermont Department of Health. He also announced that dentistry and mental health and…
Federal and State Emergency Initiatives 5-16-20   The Scott Administration and the legislature remain busy as Vermont extends its state of emergency to June 15th while slowly reopening. Last Week Resuming Outpatient Care: To follow up on its May 4 announcement, the Vermont Department of Health released official…