ST. JOHNSBURY — The Green Mountain Care Board denied nearly half of the increase sought by Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in its budget proposal. The hospital submitted a budget reflecting a 15 percent increase, but the board limited the increase to 8 percent. The care board released its budget decisions related to the state’s 14 community hospitals last week. Both NVRH and Copley Hospital were given the green light to budget an 8 percent increase. All other hospitals will have a lower percentage increase. North Country Hospital proposed a budget increase of 4.5 percent, and the care board approved a 4 percent increase. Seven of the hospital budget proposals were accepted as presented at increases ranging from 1.5 percent to 6.6 percent. The other seven had reductions imposed.
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