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by Devon GreenVice President of Government Relations …and, that’s a wrap! Despite its unprecedented nature, this session ended much like other sessions in the past—slowly, and then all at once. Legislators may come back in June to address the Governor’s veto of S.107, a bill concerning the confidentiality…
by Devon GreenVice President of Government Relations That collective itch in the air isn’t allergies—it is Vermonters dying to get outside into the warm temperatures and sunshine, and our legislators are not immune to it. Welcome to what could be the last week of the legislative session! Last Week:…
On May 6 began the annual recognition of nurses that has taken place in one form or another since 1954. National Nurses Week honors the caregivers who fuel the compassion of our health care system, treat us when we are sick, speak with our families while we recover, visit us at home, keep careful track…
by Devon Green Vice President of Government Relations   Have you ever done a hike with a false peak? You think you’ve reached the top only to realize there is more to climb. The end of the legislative session is in sight now that legislators have been assigned to a conference committee to hammer out…
Gov. Scott powerfully remarked back in February that “our kids are not okay.”   He is right. Social isolation, continued disruption in schools and the ongoing effects of the pandemic have taken a major toll on young people. Over the past many weeks, we have seen this play out in hospital emergency…
by Devon Green Vice President of Government Relations   Although our recent weather screams March, the legislature is moving full steam ahead with typical May activities. Vermont’s senators serve on two legislative committees—a morning committee and an afternoon committee. Last week, the Senate morning…
I was going to write something about the different “personalities” of the legislative committees, but it rang hollow upon reflecting that our emergency departments are overwhelmed right now—not with COVID patients—but children and adults in mental health crisis waiting for days and weeks at a time. The…
The pandemic has taught us to adjust, and to be resilient in the face of adversity. COVID-19 required us to find and show strength we may not have known we had. Whether it was staying away from loved ones, quarantining from household members, forgoing trips, moving to remote work and learning, closing…
Last Week Interstate Nurse Licensure Compact: The House Government Operations Committee took testimony on S.48. The Interstate Nurse Licensure Compact is an important health care workforce initiative and a key recommendation from the Rural Health Services Task Force 2020 Report.  Under the compact,…
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…