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Re: “Vermont Lawmakers Question Untreated Inmates and Unspent Money

Al Gobeille should mandate a department-wide audit of AHS's contracts, including DOC's. If he doesn't the Legislature should. There should be no more surprises like this one and like the earlier (and perhaps current) Vermont Health Connect contracts. My experience in negotiating and managing multi-million dollar contracts for the state is that the contract is only as good as the staff who are charged with contracting. Although Bulletin 3.5 (state contracting guidelines) are quite specific, they are not followed. Contracting can and should be tightened up, with requirements (for example) to spend X% of the money or return it to the state. This is very easy to do. No, the contractors' lawyers won't like it but that's why we have AG's. Another weak contracting area is performance guarantees and financial penalties. We always put these in but I'm amazed to find how many AHS contracts don't have them. Perhaps Doug Hoffer's office can review the AHS contracts for conformance to Bulletin 3.5. If there is a variation that can be explained, the opportunity will be there. Otherwise Vermont taxpayers money deserves to be well spent without sloppy contracting.

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Posted by Kathy Callaghan on 09/21/2018 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Vermont Lawmakers Question Untreated Inmates and Unspent Money

Given that they won't treat opioid addiction either, how much money is Centurion pocketing and where was the oversight for the first 3 years? Centurion should be out right now. Prisoners are suffering from treatable conditions and are treated as if they have no rights at all. That's what the 8th Amendment is all about, guys.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 09/21/2018 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Vermont Lawmakers Question Untreated Inmates and Unspent Money

Doesn't seem right that someone who is in prison for minor crime should receive the death penalty, which
untreated Hep-C can become.

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Posted by phil roach on 09/21/2018 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Appears to Snub Addison Republican Senate Candidate

Come on John Walters. The headline of this story is clearly click-bait in the worst possible sense. Phil Scott didn't "snub" anybody. He gets invited to an event that he's not putting on. He agrees to go. How in the world do you go from that to deciding he thus "snubbed" somebody else who wasn't invited? If I invited you to my birthday party and didn't invite my brother, have you "snubbed" my brother in agreeing to come? Quite the leap. Your partisan leanings are showing.

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Posted by Joe Benning on 09/21/2018 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Vermont Lawmakers Question Untreated Inmates and Unspent Money

I have said before that Centurian health has issues with the prisoners. They are more interested in the money then they are the people. They don't like to treat them and make them wait for weeks to see the doctor who is only in twice a week if that. They should be banned from practicing medicine in the Vermont prison system. Cheaper is not always better

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Posted by Gi Grape on 09/21/2018 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Burlington Officials Unveil $30 Million Fix for Wastewater Problems

Good job Mayor! Keep up the good work.

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Posted by BradD on 09/21/2018 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Few Vermont Inmates Receive Hepatitis C Treatment

Thank you, Mike Fisher, for your health care advocacy for Vermonters.

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Posted by Martha Molpus on 09/21/2018 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Vermont Lawmakers Question Untreated Inmates and Unspent Money

Thanks, Mike Fisher, for your health care advocacy for Vermonters.

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Posted by Martha Molpus on 09/21/2018 at 8:28 AM

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