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Former U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., leans over to speak with Tom Buckmaster, Honeywell's Vice President of Corporate Communications, during a summit on Medicare reform held in Hanover, N.H., on Sept. 22, 2014. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

Hanover Medicare Reform Summit Mixes Optimism, Alarm; Urges Change

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hanover — Medicare spending can be brought under control even as the health and satisfaction of seniors covered by the program improve. At least that was the premise of a Monday summit that, according to registration materials, brought together “50 people selected for their knowledge and expertise in health care reform and new payment and delivery systems.” Speakers at the …

‘Deficit Hawk’ Targets Medicare, Health System

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The tripartisan co-chairs of the Campaign to Fix the Debt include a Republican, former New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg; a Democrat, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell; and an independent, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose $31 billion fortune ranks him 10th on Forbes’ list of the richest Americans. But another billionaire, Peter G. Peterson, stands as the campaign’s godfather. The campaign was …

At the Hospitals: Sept. 21, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New London, Cottage Hospitals Receive Awards Concord — Two local hospitals were among those honored recently by the New Hampshire Hospital Association. Bruce King, president and CEO of New London Hospital, received the Leslie A. Smith President’s Award. The annual award is given to an individual who has made “an exceptional contribution to …

Payroll Tax Eyed to Fund Health Care

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Stowe, Vt. — A roomful of hospital executives listened raptly Friday as a pair of Shumlin administration officials shared their thoughts, but few details, about how the state could raise $2 billion to pay for a universal health insurance program that could take effect in 2017. A comprehensive …

VLS Mourns Three Tragedies

Friday, September 19, 2014

South Royalton — Students and faculty at Vermont Law School are trying to come to terms with the third tragedy involving their community in the past two months. A 35-year-old Amherst, N.H., man who had recently been a VLS student shot his mother at her home earlier this …

Veterans’ Voices Heard

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

White River Junction — Emotions were subdued and complaints muted during an hour-long town hall meeting Monday afternoon that brought about 50 veterans and others face to face with local Department of Veterans Affairs officials in an auditorium …

At the Hospitals: Sept. 14, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dartmouth Faculty, Alumni Discuss Advances in Disease Treatments Hanover — Faculty and alumni of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth will discuss recent advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of chronic and life-threatening diseases in a …

Workshop on Special Education Coming to Newbury, Vt., Clinic

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Newbury, Vt. — A free informational workshop about special education is set for Sept. 25, from 6-7 p.m. at the Newbury Health Clinic, 4628 Main Street South. The event, called Your Child’s Special Education, will cover the referral process, early intervention, testing, individualized education programs (IEPs) and 504 …

Blood Drives Include Woodstock Event

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Woodstock — A series of blood drives being held across Vermont this month includes one on Sept. 26 from 12:30-5:30 p.m. at Woodstock Union High School. The American Red Cross is sponsoring the drives as part of National Preparedness Month. “A stable blood supply is central to ensuring …

Vt. Suicide Prevention Center Launches a New Website

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Brattleboro, Vt. — The Vermont Suicide Prevention Center recently launched a new website, at www.vtspc.org. The site aims to dispel misconceptions about suicide and create awareness about how to prevent it, including recognizing the warning signs, which are not always obvious, the center said in a news release. …

To Your Good Health: A Discussion of the HPV Vaccine

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In a recent column, you strongly recommended the HPV vaccine for everyone ages 13 to 26. Last week, an article came out about the much lower rates of HPV vaccination as compared with the rates of other vaccinations recommended for teens. I was born in …

White River Junction Clinic Gets Boost

Saturday, September 13, 2014

White River Junction — An injection of $187,000 in federal funds will allow Randolph-based Gifford Medical Center to offer primary care to patients at its Twin River Health Center, a medical center executive said Friday. The money is included in $295 million in nationwide funding from the Health …

Fletcher Allen Ends Investment Strategy

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Burlington — The parent organization of Fletcher Allen Health Care plans to stop investing in interest rate swaps, a mechanism that effectively allows an investor to bet on the future direction of interest rates. Its investments have cost Fletcher Allen Partners at least $4.7 million, and could lose …