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Children with complex medical needs get very different treatment depending on where in Northern New England they receive care. That’s the conclusion of a new study by The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. 

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Former state senator Matt Dunne has formally kicked off his campaign to win the Democratic nomination for governor. Dunne says his top priority is to build a Vermont economy that "works for every person in the state."

He was also critical of how the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin has managed health care and education.

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Governor Peter Shumlin is not quite ready to unfurl a "mission accomplished" banner, but he says that Vermont Health Connect is on track to meet its next major technological deadline.

Shumlin says the program's biggest critics might want to reconsider their opposition to the insurance marketplace.

The recently-named leader of Vermont's Department of Health Access has been making headlines this week in Rhode Island.


An $18 million omission during last session’s budget process has created some unexpected fiscal headaches for Vermont legislators. And the Shumlin administration’s decision not to tell lawmakers about a significant Medicaid obligation has complicated what had already become a difficult budget year.

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Having a chronic disease like diabetes or heart disease or migraines is hard enough on its own. But some people also suffer from mental illnesses such as anxiety or depression, which exacerbates their other disease.

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Doctors and medical students from the University of Vermont College of Medicine stepped out of the hospital halls recently and onto the stage. The team put on the Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Wit,” to raise awareness about end-of-life issues and to spark discussion on a topic many people find to uncomfortable to talk about.


Vermont is tied with Massachusetts for having the lowest rate of uninsured residents in the country. But that success might be coming at a high price. 

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The state has spent $229,000 to find out what insurance customers think of Vermont Health Connect. The results, not surprisingly, aren’t exactly stellar. But officials say the survey will help them improve consumer satisfaction in the future.


Lawmakers and administration officials have begun contemplating the next major addition to Vermont's mental health infrastructure. But they have some big questions to answer before they construct it, and the size of the facility, as well as its location, will be part of a legislative debate in 2016.