Vermont Governor Jim Douglas today announced the creation of a Health Care Cabinet, to help coordinate Vermont’s nationally recognized health reform initiatives across several agencies and departments and to help implement any health reforms that may be enacted at the federal level in the near future. The Cabinet will be comprised of representatives from agencies and departments with jurisdiction over health care services, policy, regulation and implementation, among other responsibilities.“The Health Care Cabinet provides an excellent opportunity to continue to build on Vermont’s successes in the health care arena – to identify efficiencies and new, creative ideas to help Vermont residents. Collaboration across state government will be especially critical as we work to analyze the impact of and plan for the implementation of any national health care reforms. I’m pleased to have such a great team of people working together on this important issue,” said Governor Douglas.Governor Douglas has appointed as co-chairs of the Cabinet Dr. Susan Besio, Director of Health Care Reform and Director of the Office of Vermont Health Access, and Heidi Tringe, Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs. “I want to thank Susan and Heidi for taking on this important task.” Douglas continued. “This is an efficient way for us to ensure that we are communicating regularly as federal reforms move through Washington.” Meetings will be held monthly beginning in November. Topics of discussion will include an analysis of federal health reform proposals and the impact of the economic downturn on health care. The Governor signed an Executive Order (EO) last week creating the cabinet, and the text of the EO is copied below.Source: Governor’s office. 10.20.2009.
NewsRegional Cayman Islands premier under investigation by: – July 26, 2011 35 Views no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – Cayman Islands governor, Duncan Taylor, has told independent member of the Legislative Assembly Ezzard Miller that Premier McKeeva Bush is currently under investigation in respect of an alleged financial irregularity and there is, therefore, no need to appoint a Commission of Enquiry, as requested by Miller on July 14.“In answer to your request I can confirm that this matter is already the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS). In light of this, I do not see the case for considering a Commission of Enquiry,” Taylor told Miller.In his response to Miller, the governor acknowledged that the investigation in question centres on a letter said to be written by Bush in 2004, when he was then Leader of Government Business.The letter to developer Stan Thomas, written on Windsor Development Corporation letterhead, and apparently faxed from Bush’s ministry in October 2004, asked for a balance of $350,000 to be sent to the corporation’s account as a result of Bush having “ensured that all of the proposed re-zoning issues” had been approved by Cabinet.Windsor Development Corporation is reportedly owned by Bush’s wife, although according to the official register of interests he is a signatory on the corporation’s bank account.At the time, land purchased by Thomas was the subject of a zoning application. It was rezoned in July 2004 by the Legislative Assembly after Cabinet approved a change in the territory’s development map.Caribbean News Now Share read more