Age Well Highlights Limited-Time Opportunity

April 26, 2017  
Filed under Money

For Equitable Relief to Eligible Medicare Beneficiaries


April 10, 2017 (Essex Junction, VT) – Age Well’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program highlights a limited-time opportunity for eligible Medicare Beneficiaries. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently offering equitable relief to individuals who did not receive the necessary information about Medicare and Vermont Health Connect. This relief would allow beneficiaries to reinstate Medicare Part B medical coverage or relieve their Medicare Part B late penalty in certain circumstances.

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UVM Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center named one of 2017’s Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals

April 4, 2017  
Filed under News

Berlin, Vt. – The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) has been named one of the nation’s Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). This follows the Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital honors awarded in February by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health. Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals are those achieving success in overall performance based on a composite rating from eight indicators of strength — inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, costs, charges and financial stability. “Our results as a top health care provider mean our community can count on us to deliver the services they need now and in the future,” said Nancy Lothian, CVMC’s Interim President and Chief Operating Officer. The Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals, including CVMC, scored best among Prospective Payment System hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index™. A Prospective Payment System (PPS) is a method of reimbursement in which Medicare payment is made based on a predetermined, fixed amount. The Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals, in alphabetical order, are:

  1. Avera Queen of Peace Hospital Mitchell, S.D.
  2. Bozeman Health Bozeman, Mont.
  3. Brookings Health System Brookings, S.D.
  4. Campbell County Health Gillette, Wyo.
  5. Castleview Hospital Price, Utah
  6. Cedar City Hospital Cedar City, Utah
  7. Central Vermont Medical Center Berlin, Vt.
  8. Chippewa County War Memorial Hospital Sault Sainte Marie, Mich.
  9. Kalispell Regional Medical Center Kalispell, Mont.
  10. Major Health Partners Shelbyville, Ind.
  11. Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center Jasper, Ind.
  12. Mercy Medical Center Roseburg, Ore.
  13. Mid-Michigan Medical Center Alpena, Mich.
  14. Montrose Memorial Hospital Montrose, Colo.
  15. Northern Maine Medical Center Fort Kent, Maine
  16. Olympic Medical Center Port Angeles, Wash.
  17. Peterson Regional Medical Center Kerrville, Texas
  18. Sheridan Memorial Hospital Sheridan, Wyo.
  19. St. James Healthcare Butte, Mont.
  20. St. Peter’s Hospital Helena, Mont.

An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Rural Hospital Innovation Summit conference May 11 in San Diego. More information about the award is at

Québec comes to Vermont: Film Festival April 7-9th

April 4, 2017  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Things to do

Bringing the world to Vermont through film


Global Roots Film Festival: Québec
Friday, April 7 – Sunday, April 9
Contois Auditorium, Downtown Burlington

Three days of screenings, guests and receptions celebrating the rich cinema of our neighbors to the North. Thank you to our reception sponsors: Penny Cluse Cafe (Fri. 6pm), Honey Road (Sat. & Sun. 6pm), Zero Gravity cash bar daily. 

A special thank you to the Québec Delegation, Boston, for helping VTIFF bring the visiting filmmakers, to Alliance française of the Lake Champlain region and to BCA for their continuing support.
Full program, passes and tickets available now – discounts for VTIFF Members.


Directed by Pablo Larraín
Chile | Spanish/French w/ English subtitles | 2016 | 107 min
Followed by a talk and audience Q&A with Latin American Poetry professor and Neruda scholar Tina Escaja
Wednesday, April 26, 7:00pm at Champlain College Alumni Auditorium

This exclusive Burlington screening is a joint benefit for the Vermont International Film Festival and the 2017 Burlington Book Festival.

By donation. Recommended amount $20. Make your donation here HERE.
More information is available at 802-660-2600 or 802-658-3328.


GloryVTIFF Presents: Glory (Slava)
Sponsored by Main Street Landing 
Directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov
Bulgaria/Greece | Bulgarian w/ English subtitles | 2016 | 101 min
Thursday, April 27, 7:00pm at Main Street Landing Film House

Tickets can be purchased HERE.


Community Screenings


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Thursday, April 6, 7:00pm at Merrill’s Roxy Cinema

This is a Tugg event. 78 advance tickets need to be sold for it to take place.
Tickets can be purchased HERE