August 21, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that the State has completed a competitive bidding process for health care administration, pharmacy, and dental benefits that will save more than $10 million per year. Vermont has awarded the contract for administering the State employee medical plan to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBS). The State also selected its current providers, Express Scripts and Northeast Delta Dental, to contract for its pharmacy and dental coverage. The more than $10 million in annual savings results from the combined savings achieved for all services in the bidding process.
August 15, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin appointed Betty Rambur, a registered nurse and professor of Nursing and Health Policy at the University of Vermont, to serve on the five-member Green Mountain Care Board. She will fill out the term of board member Al Gobeille, who has become Chair of the Board.
Gov. Shumlin, Commissioner Chen announce award to Vermont of nearly $10 million to fight substance abuse
August 5, 2013 - BURLINGTON - Gov. Peter Shumlin and Health Commissioner Harry Chen announced today that the Vermont Department of Health will receive a five-year, $9.9 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to increase early intervention and treatment of young adults at risk for substance abuse. Vermont is one of only five states in the nation selected to receive the 2013 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services award.
August 1, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that Burlington businessman Al Gobeille will take over as Chair of the Green Mountain Care Board, directing the board’s charge of curbing health care cost growth and reforming the way health care is provided to Vermonters. Gobeille will become Chair immediately. Anya Rader Wallack, the Board’s first Chair, announced her departure from the Board in the spring and will now wrap up her service to the Board as Gobeille takes on the Chair role.
July 31, 2013 - WINOOSKI - Vermont Health Connect announced today the health insurance plans available to Vermonters through the health insurance marketplace starting this October. The plans give Vermonters a range of meaningful health coverage choices at premiums that are comparable to those available in the market today. Through Vermont Health Connect, Vermonters will be able to compare up to 18 plans and premiums side-by-side and, for many, have access to financial help to lower the cost of the plans.
Gov. Shumlin calls on ISO New England to make a greater effort to fully utilize renewable energy resources
July 29, 2013 - MONTPELIER - In a letter to ISO New England President and CEO Gordon van Welie, Gov. Peter Shumlin last week expressed his disappointment in the company’s decision to scale back renewable energy production while increasing output from polluting coal and oil power plants during peak energy demand caused by last week’s heat wave. The letter expressed the importance of ISO New England – the operator of the regional electric grid – making decisions that further regional goals of reducing climate change and moving toward energy independence.
July 26, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Shumlin issued the following statement:
“This has been a difficult situation, and I have shared the concerns expressed by many Vermonters about ensuring a placement for Mr. Szad that guarantees Vermonters’ safety and keeps Mr. Szad accountable. I appreciate that the Department of Corrections and others were able to work together to find him an appropriate placement in California.”
Lisa Gosselin tapped to fill Economic Development Commissioner post, Nancy Driscoll to serve as Chief Marketing Officer
July 25, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Lisa Gosselin, who helped grow Eating Well Media Group into a profitable business with an online eatingwell.com viewership of 5 million, has been named Economic Development Commissioner for Vermont. That position has been unfilled since the Douglas administration, but was reinstated by Gov. Peter Shumlin with the support of the legislature to spearhead his aggressive jobs and economic development agenda.
July 24, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement:
“I applaud President Obama’s commitment to strengthen the middle class by helping Americans get good-paying jobs, improving access to quality education, increasing the opportunity to own a home, putting a secure retirement within reach, and making health care affordable and accessible.
July 23, 2013 - MORRISVILLE – Gov. Peter Shumlin announced the allocation of nearly $2 million in tax credits to support about $18 million in building improvements and investment to help revitalize Vermont’s downtowns and community centers. Competitively awarded by the Downtown Development Board, this year’s tax credits went to 31 projects in 20 communities.