A panel of state lawmakers met on Wednesday to tackle some major health and mental health issues facing Vermont as it moves toward a single payer health system.
The Health Access Oversight Committee, comprised of both House and Senate members, held a day-long session to review numerous health and mental health issues. The Committee meets when the Legislature is not in session to assure that there are no barriers to health care. Senate Health and Welfare Committee Chair Senator Claire Ayer is co-Chair of the Oversight committee.
House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan’s proposed 2013 budget continues to be controversial. Initiatives in that budget include changes to the Medicare and Social Security systems by creating a voucher system for privatized insurance, increasing eligibility ages, raising payroll tax caps and capping program growth levels. One group is concerned that political rhetoric about the changes is misleading voters.
New York’s Attorney General was in Plattsburgh recently to announce the results of a regional investigation into contractor compliance with the state Home Improvements Contract law. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said what was discovered in New York’s North Country is of statewide concern.
You’ve probably seen one, or more, in the past couple weeks. Butterflies are migrating north and have reached the Adirondack region. The influx of Red Admirals this year is early and in much larger numbers than usual.
Officials at the Rutland Regional Medical Center have narrowly voted to close the hospital's inpatient rehabilitation unit, one of only three in Vermont. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…
Hospital President Tom Huebner said the vote was 8-to-7 on Wednesday. The board had to choose between closing the hospital's unit or finding another way to cut $3.5 million out of next year's budget.
Vermont Congressman Peter Welch held a telephone Town Hall Wednesday night with his constituents to discuss their concerns about the doubling of the Stafford student loan interest rates, scheduled to take effect on July first.
The college loan rates will rise to 6.8% unless Congress acts to prevent the increase. Congressman Welch says it would be unconscionable for the House to fail to act.
Officials at the Rutland Regional Medical Center are considering a plan to close the hospital's inpatient rehabilitation unit, one of only three in Vermont. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…
If the Rutland hospital decides to close its unit, the remaining inpatient units would be at Mount Ascutney Hospital in Windsor or Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
Rutland's 12-patient inpatient rehab unit helps patients recover from strokes, head or spinal injuries, joint replacements and some long-term ailments.
A conference is planned Wednesday to begin establishing a Genuine Progress Indicator in Vermont. It will measure more than the state’s monetary progress by including environmental and social indicators such as an happiness index.
An effort to have cell coverage along the entire stretch of the Adirondack Northway took another step forward as another cell tower was activated Thursday. It leaves only a 13 mile gap of coverage along the remote rural highway.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says he supports a plan to bring F-35 fighter jets to the Air National Guard base at the Burlington International Airport. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…
Shumlin says Vermont should be honored to host the F-35. He calls it a commentary on the quality of the Vermont National Guard.
The Air Force is considering a proposal to base between 18 and 24 of the planes in South Burlington.
The Commissioner of the New York State Office For People With Developmental Disabilities met with members of the advocacy community in Plattsburgh this afternoon to explain legislation offered by Governor Cuomo to strengthen protections for people with special needs.
A public meeting by the NRC to discuss the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant took a bizarre turn last night as a silent protest disrupted proceedings and officials nearly stopped the meeting.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds annual meetings in Brattleboro to present its safety assessment of Vermont Yankee. Brattleboro Reformer reporter Josh Stilts covers Vermont Yankee for the paper. He says the meeting started cordially, but took an odd twist as it progressed.
Vermont State Police say human remains, including part of a skull, have been found on private property that was being excavated in Northfield. More from WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley......
Police say the skull piece and other skeletal remains found at the construction site will be sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation laboratory for further investigation.
The office of the Vermont chief medical examiner and a University of Vermont anthropologist determined that the bones are human.
Vermont’s unemployment rate is down two-tenths of a percent this month. One group says state's job market isn't improving as fast as it might appear.
The Vermont Department of Labor reports that the state unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent in April, well below the national unemployment rate of 8.1 percent. Economic and Labor Market Information Chief Mathew Barewicz says it continues a trend.
Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders says he’s “extremely disappointed” that the chairman of the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission has announced his resignation. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more….
Sanders reacted Monday to news of Gregory Jaczko’s departure by saying he has appreciated the chairman’s recognition that the NRC’s job is not to promote nuclear power, but to be a strong safety regulator.