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Earlier this month, it was announced that Vermont will receive a $3 million federal grant to expand treatment for opioid dependency in the state.


The state of Vermont spends $20 million a year to provide medical services to inmates, and the Department of Corrections is about to try a new way to oversee the physical and mental health care its prisoners receive.

The Open Door Clinic

Changes at a clinic in Middlebury have some concerned that migrant workers could lose access to medical care. 

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Gov. Peter Shumlin says a major software fix at Vermont Health Connect will finally solve shortcomings that have plagued the program since its launch in 2013. But state emails show that the technology is still very much a work in progress. And the documents show taxpayers might end up footing the bill for mistakes related to the transition.


The Green Mountain Care Board has given its approval to a nearly 6 percent rate increase for individual customers of Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Board chairman Al Gobeille says the rate hike underscores the need to implement a payment reform system in Vermont.

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Over the past few weeks, a national news story has been unfolding about Planned Parenthood and how the organization handles fetal tissue after abortions. The controversy led a panel in New Hampshire to eliminate a state budget allocation to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, which serves Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire.

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Vermont hospitals submitted requests for budget increases this year that are much closer to the rate of inflation than they had been in the years before the Green Mountain Care Board had a role in controlling the cost of health care. But the chair of that board says the work is only partially done, and Vermont's health care system will be unsustainable if the state doesn't dismantle the fee-for-service payment model.

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Rutland Mental Health has come under intense scrutiny in recent months amid allegations of poor management, long wait times for services and substandard care.  

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The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is looking for brains. The center, in White River Junction, is run by the Department of Veterans Affairs and it's opening the world's first national brain bank for PTSD . It's a physical library of veterans' brain tissue to help researchers learn more about PTSD.

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Rutland’s College of St. Joseph enrolled 350 students last year. Officials at the small school have several new programs planned to broaden the college’s appeal, boost enrollment and fill important educational needs.

The plans include locally-focused tracks, such as continuing education for adults, as well as programs that are in high demand nationwide, such as a two-year Physician Assistant program.