April 8, 2021


American Rescue Plan cuts health insurance costs for thousands of Vermonters

A hospital bill from the University of Vermont Medical Center. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger

The American Rescue Plan will save millions of dollars for Vermonters who buy health insurance on the state exchange, according to officials. 

The newly enacted federal stimulus package dramatically expands access to tax credits that subsidize health insurance, effectively cutting the cost of health care for thousands of Vermont residents across nearly every income level.

“The big message I think for Vermonters is that this is a really good thing,” said Addie Strumolo, deputy commissioner for the Department of Vermont Health Access.

The law caps the

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Lawrence school board hires new education leader, adopts new health insurance plan for staff | News, Sports, Jobs

photo by: Meeting screenshot/Lawrence school board

Lawrence school board President Kelly Jones and Vice President Erica Hill are seen after the board approved hiring Kristen Ryan as the Lawrence school district’s new director of elementary schools during a special board meeting on Monday, April 5, 2021.

Norwich — Residents had their first chance to comment Monday on a proposed zoning regulation that would allow a Business Master Plan District to be created on 100 or more acres in the city, with farmland in the rural Occum area being eyed as a possible site for a second business park.

The City Council public hearing on the zoning regulation was part of the first in-person City Council meeting in more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The council serves as the city’s zoning board.

The Business Master Plan District was proposed by the Norwich Community Development

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Senate Finance introduces yet another tax plan, and experiences some turbulence

Yet another tax plan, this one proposed by senators, is straining but advancing.

The bill that would initially offset a big income tax cut with a variety of other taxes was voted out of Senate Finance narrowly, 9-8, on Tuesday evening.

Republican senators Patrick Martin and Eric Nelson voted against the bill. Senator Mike Maroney expressed deep reservations about it, prompting a call for a 15-minute recess that actually lasted for 40 minutes.

Mike Maroney

Maroney had a couple of intertwined concerns: how the tax bill would affect senior citizens and how the WVU Medical School would be affected financially

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Hiltzik: USPS 10-year plan wrongly treats agency as business

The 10-year master plan for the U.S. Postal Service unveiled Tuesday by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy looks as though it will achieve his objective of placing the service on a sound business footing for a decade.

The plan would do everything that comes naturally to a hard-nosed business executive. That’s the bad news. The plan would stretch out mail delivery deadlines, raise postal rates (perhaps steeply), cut back on post office hours and close branches.

The worse news is inherent in these changes, taken all together. It’s that they reflect the notion that the USPS should be “run like a

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Michigan business groups oppose drug provisions of GOP health reform plan

A large coalition of business groups in Michigan announced opposition to two state House bills that are part of a 15-bill Republican health care reform package they say will increase insurance premiums.

The business groups are focusing opposition to House Bills 4346 and 4354 related to insulin and oral chemotherapy coverage they say will shift costs to small businesses and “mandate coverages and add unnecessary new regulations to insurers, raising health insurance premiums.”

Late Wednesday afternoon, the Michigan House passed health care reform bills, including HB 4346 and 4354. The bills now move to the Senate.

The coalition includes the

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