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Federal and state regulatory agencies continue to take measures to help health care providers and others respond to the coronavirus pandemic.   Read about the latest here.
Our friends and colleagues in New York City, New Orleans and other hot spots around the country are facing COVID-19 head on—very ill patients requiring intensive care, increasingly stressed facilities and equipment, shrinking supplies and, sadly, more deaths. Here in Vermont, we too are experiencing…
Federal and state regulatory agencies continue to flex licensing and other requirements to help health care providers and others respond to the coronavirus pandemic.   Read about:   State and Federal emergency initiatives State licensure Info sheet Temporary licenses through OPR Telehealth Child…
To help with the mitigation of the spread of COVID-19, federal and state governments have passed a host of measures that waive certain standard regulations and guidelines that could make it harder for hospitals and other health care providers to fight the virus. Read a summary here.
If you’ve ever wondered what the opposite of social distancing looks like, the Vermont State House is a good approximation. It has hundreds of people crammed together in very small rooms with very little air circulation. Normally, this is slightly uncomfortable, but the atmosphere shifted to a palpable…
Fewer than 10 days ago, COVID-19 wasn’t even a commonly known term, let alone one that dominated our media coverage and email inboxes. Last week, we had our first patient in Vermont at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. Then we saw another at UVM Medical Center in Burlington. Meanwhile, the states…
If you're following the news, you have very likely heard a lot about COVID-19, a new coronavirus. Across the country, people scramble as they try to follow the guidelines set forth by health officials, which can change by the day. Additionally, social media articles and pictures can easily distort the…
Last Week Another vote on overriding a veto! Another one-vote margin! But unlike with paid family and medical leave, this vote went in the other direction and passed minimum wage into law. The new law raises the minimum wage to $11.75 in 2021 and $12.55 in 2022. After 2022, the minimum wage will be…
There’s always a part of the session where I’m reminded that advocating for hospitals goes beyond health care.  That happened this week as I found myself testifying in the House Transportation Committee on travel demand management plans (TDMs).  The proposed legislation requires all large employers to…
Two weeks ago, the legislature failed to override Governor Scott’s veto on paid family and medical leave. Last week, Governor Scott wielded his veto power yet again, this time on S.23, the minimum wage bill that would increase the hourly wage to $12.55 per hour by 2022. The Senate quickly overrode the…
Federal and state regulatory agencies continue to take measures to help health care providers and others respond to the coronavirus pandemic.   Read about the latest here.
Our friends and colleagues in New York City, New Orleans and other hot spots around the country are facing COVID-19 head on—very ill patients requiring intensive care, increasingly stressed facilities and equipment, shrinking supplies and, sadly, more deaths. Here in Vermont, we too are experiencing…
Federal and state regulatory agencies continue to flex licensing and other requirements to help health care providers and others respond to the coronavirus pandemic.   Read about:   State and Federal emergency initiatives State licensure Info sheet Temporary licenses through OPR Telehealth Child…
To help with the mitigation of the spread of COVID-19, federal and state governments have passed a host of measures that waive certain standard regulations and guidelines that could make it harder for hospitals and other health care providers to fight the virus. Read a summary here.
If you’ve ever wondered what the opposite of social distancing looks like, the Vermont State House is a good approximation. It has hundreds of people crammed together in very small rooms with very little air circulation. Normally, this is slightly uncomfortable, but the atmosphere shifted to a palpable…
Fewer than 10 days ago, COVID-19 wasn’t even a commonly known term, let alone one that dominated our media coverage and email inboxes. Last week, we had our first patient in Vermont at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. Then we saw another at UVM Medical Center in Burlington. Meanwhile, the states…
If you're following the news, you have very likely heard a lot about COVID-19, a new coronavirus. Across the country, people scramble as they try to follow the guidelines set forth by health officials, which can change by the day. Additionally, social media articles and pictures can easily distort the…
Last Week Another vote on overriding a veto! Another one-vote margin! But unlike with paid family and medical leave, this vote went in the other direction and passed minimum wage into law. The new law raises the minimum wage to $11.75 in 2021 and $12.55 in 2022. After 2022, the minimum wage will be…
There’s always a part of the session where I’m reminded that advocating for hospitals goes beyond health care.  That happened this week as I found myself testifying in the House Transportation Committee on travel demand management plans (TDMs).  The proposed legislation requires all large employers to…
Two weeks ago, the legislature failed to override Governor Scott’s veto on paid family and medical leave. Last week, Governor Scott wielded his veto power yet again, this time on S.23, the minimum wage bill that would increase the hourly wage to $12.55 per hour by 2022. The Senate quickly overrode the…