first_imgVermonters around the state will get a chance to comment directly to the Commissioner of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration (BISHCA) about the proposed annual budgets of their local hospitals.  On August 4 the Vermont Health Care Administration, a division of BISHCA, will hold a public hearing from 1:30 pm to 5 pm to hear comment about the fourteen hospital budgets now under review by the Administration.   BISHCA Commissioner Steve Kimbell and Acting Deputy Commissioner Mike Davis will lead the hearing at the Vermont Department of Labor, 5 Green Mountain Drive in Montpelier.  For the convenience of Vermonters around the state, ten additional sites will provide an interactive video link-up to the hearing: Bennington  – Senior Citizen’s Service Center, 124 Pleasant StreetBrattleboro – Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd, Room 125Lyndonville – 1001 College Road, Lyndon State CollegeMiddlebury – 51 Charles Ave, Hannaford Career Center, 2nd FloorNewport – North Country Union High School, 209 Veterans Ave.Rutland – 8 Stratton Road, Stafford Technical Center, Room 108Springfield – 307 South Street, Howard Dean Education Center, 2nd FloorSt. Albans – Bellows Free Academy-St. Albans, 4 Hospital DriveWRJ – Community College of Vermont, 145 Billings Farm RoadWilliston – Blair Park, 451 Lawrence Place To help interested parties prepare for the hearing, BISHCA will post on its website copies of the hospitals’ budget summaries as well as copies of each hospital’s budget narrative.  The website will allow posting of comments for review by BISHCA, and these comments can be read on the site by the public.   ‘Vermont is breaking new ground in its work with hospitals on spending and cost containment,’ said Commissioner Kimbell.  ‘This is an opportunity for me to learn from the people in the hospitals’ communities.  They are the ones impacted the most by these budgets.’last_img

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