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Health Care

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 plan spelling out how much revenue would come from a payroll tax or other sources won’t surface until January, while details of …

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 week before turning the gun on himself, authorities said. According to the New Hampshire Attorney …

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 VA Medical Center. No one blinked. No one shouted. The most intense moment …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 3, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Outcomes and Quality Leader Joins D-H Leadership Team Lebanon — Dr. John D. Birkmeyer, a general surgeon and head of the Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy at the University of Michigan, has been named executive vice president …

To Your Good Health: Hypothyroid, Diabetes Are Both Autoimmune Disorders

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My oldest grandson, 17, was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about three years ago and has been on levothyroxine daily, with good lab numbers since. He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes mellitus three months ago. He is on insulin three times daily, and his sugars have …

New Staff Members Join HCRS in Hartford, Springfield, Vt.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Springfield, Vt. — Several new employees recently joined the staff of Health Care and Rehabilitation Services. Terrisa Clark has joined the agency’s Windsor office as a community outreach specialist. New employees in the Hartford office are Tyler Hain and Emily Puffer, both of whom have taken case manager …

Nation’s Aging Population Faces Shortage of Geriatric Specialists

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Atlanta — Lillian Brown didn’t think much of it when she noticed one of her feet was darker than the other. Her doctor, though, recognized it as a sign of poor circulation. When she turned a little forgetful, Brown, 62, figured she’d be told, “That’s just part of …

Long Odds for Hospital Jobs: Hundreds Seek D-H Training Slots

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

West Lebanon — There were no drill sergeants in sight. No Outward Bound wilderness ordeals. No deals to vote anyone off the island. But as 350 job seekers flocked to a West Lebanon hotel Monday, formidable obstacles lay …

At the Hospitals: July 27, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

August Motorcycle Ride Will Benefit David’s House Lebanon — A motorcycle ride next month will benefit David’s House, a nonprofit that provides a home away from home for families with children receiving medical treatment through Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The guided ride, set for Aug. 2, …

To Your Good Health: Is It Herpes Or An Antibiotic Allergy?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Four years ago, my husband had an abscess. What started as a boil became so deep and hard that he required general anesthesia to remove it. The wound was left open, and we had to change the packing twice a day for eight weeks. It …

New Hampshire’s ‘Multistate’ Insurance Plans Sow Confusion

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hanover — As consumer alerts go, the New Hampshire Insurance Department’s July 17 “clarification on ‘multistate’ plans” was a bit dry. The alert concerned a pair of so-called multistate insurance plans sold on the federally operated Health Insurance …

A Life-Changing Illness Inspires Architecture

Sunday, July 27, 2014

In 2003, Michael Graves had just returned home from a business trip to Germany and Switzerland. He wasn’t feeling well and told colleagues at his architectural firm that he was leaving early to go home and rest. By …

Progress Against PTSD

Sunday, July 20, 2014

White River Junction — “Give yourself permission to let go of anything that does not serve you in the moment.” That was the advice that Brianna Renner, a 34-year-old yoga instructor, gave in a soft but distinct voice …