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By Jeff TiemanVAHHS President and CEO In month 14 of COVID-19, almost 400,000 doses of life-saving vaccine have been administered in Vermont. Nearly 30% of Vermonters have completed vaccination. Some counties are at or near 50% in overall progress. It is worth pausing on these statistics. Flash back…
By Devon GreenVice President of Government Relations Much like the weather, April in the legislature often brings its share of chaos and frenzy as we head into the home stretch. While it’s usually exciting, the unpredictability of the legislature hits a bit differently this year. Under COVID, every…
By Devon Green Vice President of Government Relations   April is usually a make or break month at the legislature—as in, you try to make it through the month without it breaking you. This year feels particularly make or break not only at the legislature, but also with Vermont’s race to vaccinate against…
By Devon Green Vice President of Government Relations   All the big spending bills have passed out of the House and are now in the hands of the Senate, including $650 million in spending of the COVID relief federal funding. As of now, we have limited information about the funding, and VAHHS will be…
Although the ink is barely dry, the Vermont Senate is taking full advantage of the $1.3 billion expected to come to Vermont from the latest federal COVID relief package, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). On Friday, senators advanced a state COVID relief bill with $63 million in federal funding.…
Legislative Update Happy crossover! Last week, we reached the theoretical halfway point of the legislative session. I say theoretical because with the latest federal COVID-19 relief/stimulus package, the legislative calendar may extend beyond mid-May or legislators may come back in the fall. Regardless,…
With March now well underway, so too is the march toward a vaccinated Vermont. More than one fifth of Vermonters have received at least one vaccine dose. Nationally, the pace of distribution and administration quickens by the day. Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine offers not only another source but one that…
by Emma Harrigan Director of Policy Analysis and Development   COVID-19 has challenged us as individuals and as a system of care in so many ways. As the pandemic wears on, it is prompting more anxiety and depression. Many people are using alcohol or other substances as a response to COVID-19 stress,…
by Devon Green VAHHS Vice President of Government Relations   Last Week State COVID Relief Bill: The House advanced H.315, a $62 million mini-coronavirus relief fund (CRF) bill with the following: $5 million to mental health needs $500,000 to address health care disparities by enhancing data…
Last week was busy, like most have been since the pandemic arrived almost a year ago. In Vermont we worked hard to continue vaccinating the general public. Hospitals, physicians and public health officials closely monitored counties where case counts have been high or growing.    We also saw some snow,…
By Jeff TiemanVAHHS President and CEO In month 14 of COVID-19, almost 400,000 doses of life-saving vaccine have been administered in Vermont. Nearly 30% of Vermonters have completed vaccination. Some counties are at or near 50% in overall progress. It is worth pausing on these statistics. Flash back…
By Devon GreenVice President of Government Relations Much like the weather, April in the legislature often brings its share of chaos and frenzy as we head into the home stretch. While it’s usually exciting, the unpredictability of the legislature hits a bit differently this year. Under COVID, every…
By Devon Green Vice President of Government Relations   April is usually a make or break month at the legislature—as in, you try to make it through the month without it breaking you. This year feels particularly make or break not only at the legislature, but also with Vermont’s race to vaccinate against…
By Devon Green Vice President of Government Relations   All the big spending bills have passed out of the House and are now in the hands of the Senate, including $650 million in spending of the COVID relief federal funding. As of now, we have limited information about the funding, and VAHHS will be…
Although the ink is barely dry, the Vermont Senate is taking full advantage of the $1.3 billion expected to come to Vermont from the latest federal COVID relief package, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). On Friday, senators advanced a state COVID relief bill with $63 million in federal funding.…
Legislative Update Happy crossover! Last week, we reached the theoretical halfway point of the legislative session. I say theoretical because with the latest federal COVID-19 relief/stimulus package, the legislative calendar may extend beyond mid-May or legislators may come back in the fall. Regardless,…
With March now well underway, so too is the march toward a vaccinated Vermont. More than one fifth of Vermonters have received at least one vaccine dose. Nationally, the pace of distribution and administration quickens by the day. Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine offers not only another source but one that…
by Emma Harrigan Director of Policy Analysis and Development   COVID-19 has challenged us as individuals and as a system of care in so many ways. As the pandemic wears on, it is prompting more anxiety and depression. Many people are using alcohol or other substances as a response to COVID-19 stress,…
by Devon Green VAHHS Vice President of Government Relations   Last Week State COVID Relief Bill: The House advanced H.315, a $62 million mini-coronavirus relief fund (CRF) bill with the following: $5 million to mental health needs $500,000 to address health care disparities by enhancing data…
Last week was busy, like most have been since the pandemic arrived almost a year ago. In Vermont we worked hard to continue vaccinating the general public. Hospitals, physicians and public health officials closely monitored counties where case counts have been high or growing.    We also saw some snow,…