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President Donald Trump doesn’t have many allies on the political left, but on one issue Democratic Rep. Peter Welch says he sees Trump as a well-informed and energetic ally.

Nashua’s Health Department wants you to stop using the word “addict.”

“We need to talk about substance use disorder like the disease that it is,” health educator Aly McKnight told a captive audience of thirty or so in the basement of Nashua Public Library last month.  She pointed to a list of “stigmatizing” words projected onto a screen. “Alcoholic,” “junkie,” even “addiction” should be avoided, it said. 

At the Champlain Islands Health Center in South Hero Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders said he will continue to fight for federal money to support federally qualified health centers.

On this "Vermont Edition," we look at the performance of Vermont Health Connect, which had many problems when it first went online.
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Over the next six months, Gov. Phil Scott's Administration is set to examine a number of proposals that are designed to improve the reliability of Vermont Health Connect, the state's health care exchange.

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that challenged Vermont's "death with dignity" law that authorizes doctors to talk about end of life medication to terminally ill patients.

On Tuesday, state employees learned more about the contamination found in their St. Johnsbury offices.

Nearly 80 state employees have moved out of their St. Johnsbury offices after potentially toxic chemicals were discovered in the building.

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The Public Service Board has scheduled two additional hearings as it weighs a new set of controversial sound standards for wind turbines.

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It was a blow to those dealing with the opiate abuse crisis when Maple Leaf Treatment Center in Underhill announced that it was closing temporarily in January. But the announcement in February that it was closing permanently and filing for bankruptcy was seismic.

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Less than 24 hours after the disintegration of a Republican effort to repeal and replace the federal Affordable Care Act, Sen. Bernie Sanders told constituents at a town hall meeting in Hardwick Saturday that he’ll introduce a single-payer health care bill in Congress “within a couple of weeks.”

Congressman Peter Welch says he is “very relieved” that a Republican health care bill has been pulled from the House floor because House Speaker Paul Ryan lacked the votes to pass the legislation.

Emotional abuse during childhood is linked to misuse of opioids in adulthood, according to a recent University of Vermont study.

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We've been discussing the many challenges that the state mental health system and those experiencing mental illness are facing. Now we hear about some of the ideas that the Legislature has for fixing the problems.

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The effects of a mental illness almost always stretch beyond just one person. Being the family member of someone with a mental health condition comes with unique challenges, and providing support to a struggling loved one can be both draining and heartbreaking.

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Senate lawmakers say low pay for mental health workers has led to a bottleneck in crisis care, and they’re trying to find funding to boost wages for more than 2,000 employees across the state.

In less than eight hours last June, Yale New Haven’s emergency department treated 12 patients who had overdosed on opioids. Three died; nine were saved.

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It's not easy to watch anyone struggle with mental health issues, but it might be even more difficult to see children battle mental illness. According the National Institute of Mental Health, half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14.

People suffering from opioid addiction generally face a lot of challenges as they begin their recovery. But in the Upper Valley, one business owner is using economic incentives to help people stay motivated in recovery programs.

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Why is mental health so hard to talk about? If conditions like depression, anxiety, or even schizophrenia can have such massive impacts on people's lives, why can it feel like weakness to get help? We're continuing our week of mental health coverage by focusing in on the stigma around mental health, and how to move past it.

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People who are suffering psychiatric episodes can end up in the emergency rooms of community hospitals, where doctors and nurses say they are not equipped to provide the treatment these patients need. As Vermont Edition begins a week-long exploration of mental health care in Vermont, we look at the problem of emergency psychiatric care.

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