Health

A Vermont organization is facing funding challenges after the Trump administration abruptly cut millions of dollars in planned grants for a national teen pregnancy prevention program.

Campers at Zeno Mountain Farms spend a month living in wheelchair-accessible tree houses, performing, making films and taking care of one another.
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Every summer adults living with developmental disabilities and their able-bodied friends spend a month on Zeno Mountain in Lincoln, Vermont, living in wheelchair-accessible tree houses and caring for one-another.

Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H, and Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., talk to a West Lebanon crowd about ways to create bipartisan healthcare reform for individual markets.
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Vermont and New Hampshire Representatives were in the Upper Valley Friday to talk about ways to compromise on health care reform in Congress.

Dr. James Hudziak, a professor at UVM's Larner College of Medicine, developed an app to help coach college students on healthy behaviors. Hudziak has now received a $1.8 million grant to study the app's effectiveness.
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A University of Vermont program designed to help college students form healthy behaviors could go national with the help of nearly $2 million in grant money. 

Two top officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Manchester have been removed pending a review of conditions described in a Boston Globe report. Several doctors at the Manchester VA complained in the report of unsanitary operating rooms and alleged substandard care.

At the Vermont Statehouse on July 17, Republican Gov. Phil Scott joined Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy (left) and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders (right) to denounce proposed cuts to Medicaid funding.
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Vermont's top elected officials from across the political spectrum came together in Montpelier Monday morning to show their opposition to U.S. Senate Republicans' health care proposal.

It is estimated that 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. On this "Vermont Edition," we discuss challenges faced by those who provide care for their loved ones with memory loss.
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For individuals with dementia, in most cases there is at least one caregiver who is helping them navigate life with memory loss. We look at the challenges these caregivers face while watching their loved one struggle with this condition.

Kay Curtis sets up the new childcare center at the Brattleboro Retreat which is for the children of opioid adicts who are receiving their treatment.
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There were 11 overdoses in Brattleboro over the Fourth of July weekend, and as eye-popping as that number is, officials who are dealing with the opioid crisis every day say they weren't surprised.

Chief Health Care Advocate Mike Fisher, center, is urging state regulators to reject the 12.6 percent premium increase being sought by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont.
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Consumer pushback against proposed rate hikes for health insurance premiums might persuade state regulators to lower the increases, according to Vermont's chief health care advocate.

Tom Huebner, the CEO of Rutland Regional Medical Center, says tens of thousands of Vermonters could lose coverage under the proposed Republican health care legislation. He also says his hospital could lose $19 million in federal reimbursement.
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Senate Republicans plan to unveil a new version of their health care bill this week, but unless it differs substantively from the previous version, Rutland Regional Medical Center could lose $19 million a year in federal reimbursements, according to the hospital's CEO.

Governor Phil Scott has said that Vermont can turn the tide on the state's opioid abuse problem through enhanced treatment, better prevention and stricter enforcement.
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The country's "drug czar" Richard Baum visited Vermont this week, just a few days after Brattleboro reported a dozen opioid overdoses. As the state's problem with drug addiction continues, we get an update on the efforts to battle opioid abuse.

Green Mountain Surgery Center in Colchester will be Vermont's first independent surgical center. State regulators have approved construction of the facility despite protest from nonprofit hospitals.
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State regulators have approved construction of what would be Vermont’s first independent surgical center, despite protests from nonprofit hospitals who say the venture will siphon needed revenue away from their operating rooms.

Henry Wein has cerebral palsy, and he lives in an apartment in Dover. The state provides round-the-clock care, which allows him to live in his own apartment.
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Vermont has seen success providing housing and care for adults with developmental disabilities out in their communities – but as the number of adults seeking services increases, the state will be tested to find the funding and programs to serve the growing population.

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For many scientists, turning the results of their research into tools, products or patents means navigating the challenging — and often foreign — world of business. However, a "Shark Tank"-like effort at the University of Vermont that connects research scientists with industry leaders may offer a solution.

At a news conference announcing Aspenti Health's new name, Gov. Phil Scott praised company officials for saving the company's 140 jobs, and for their continued work in drug prevention and treatment.
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The company formerly known as Burlington Labs has a new name: Aspenti Health.

Discussions around sexual consent should be ongoing between people in a relationship.
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As humans, we can send a lot of mixed signals. This is particularly true in relationships and thus, regarding sexual consent. We're highlighting the conversation and some of the questions caught up in it.

Dr. Mark Depman, director of the emergency department at Central Vermont Medical Center, says a payment reform initiative getting underway next year will encourage doctors like him to address the root causes of patient illnesses.
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OneCare Vermont, one of the newest players in the Vermont health care industry, has submitted its first budget to state regulators – and its CEO says the nearly $800 million proposal will change the way medical care is delivered in the future.

Rutland Regional Medical Center CEO Tom Huebner speaks at the podium in June at a celebration of the completion of the hospital's emergency department expansion. Huebner recently announced he will retire in March 2018.
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Rutland Regional Medical Center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday to celebrate the completion of a $6 million renovation and expansion of the hospital's emergency department.

Mike Horn, a Vermont-based veteran watches as a 3-D printer he built crafts a fidget spinner he designed. Horn hopes it will help him cope with symptoms related to a brain injury.
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The White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center has a new tool for therapy and veteran job training: 3-D printers.

Ed Paquin, the executive director of Disability Rights Vermont, said at a Burlington rally that proposed cuts to Medicaid spending could shrink the number of Vermonters eligible for coverage and the number of medical services covered.
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Dozens of health care advocates gathered in Burlington Wednesday to call on Vermonters and their elected officials to take action against Senate Republicans' plan to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and pay for tax cuts on wealthy Americans and corporations with cuts to Medicaid.

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