Vermont governor weds longtime partner in small ceremony

22 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Gov. Peter Shumlin says he’s ‘happy and hitched’.

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin and his longtime partner, Katie Hunt, were married Tuesday night at a small ceremony at their home in East Montpelier, Vermont.The governor’s brother and “best dude,” Jeff Shumlin, poured champagne and “best daughters Olivia and Becca cheered us on.” Shumlin’s sister-in-law Evie Lovett officiated. “In the several months that we were engaged, we considered all wedding options,” Shumlin and Hunt said. “In the end, despite our wishes to have family and friends with us, Katie’s ‘worst nightmare’ of standing before a HUGE crowd at such an intimate time led us to tonight’s ceremony.” In an official communication from the governor’s office, Shumlin said: “We are so fortunate to have such a beautiful partnership and to be able to spend the rest of our lives together.” Hunt and Shumlin were engaged in June. Peter Shumlin has introduced three rule changes designed to limit the number of opioid prescriptions in Vermont, as part of an overall approach to fighting the heroin and opiate crisis. — The Vermont Prescription Monitoring System Rule, requiring prescribers of controlled substances register and check the system before writing a prescription.

— Prescribing of Opioids for Chronic Pain, specifying that physicians must conduct and document a risk assessment, consider non-opioid and non-pharmacological treatments, and follow up with patients. Hunt is an undergraduate at Mount Holyoke College and has been the governor’s companion since he took office in 2011, according to Scott Coriell, Shumlin’s press secretary. — Extending rules governing medication-assisted therapy for opioid dependence to Buprenorphine (Byew-prehn-OR’-feen), which stops cravings and withdrawal symptoms. The couple plan to live in Southern Vermont, where they both grew up, following the completion of the governor’s third term in office in January 2017.

Also today, UVM Medical Center CEO John Brumsted announced a new, weekly, hotline starting in January to help primary care physicians across Vermont treat patients who may be experiencing chronic pain.

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