Health Care

VTDigger publishes daily stories on health care. We cover the state’s hospitals, the state’s psychiatric care system, the Green Mountain Care Board, insurers, state health care policy, Medicaid and Medicare. Erin Mansfield is VTDigger’s health care reporter. She can be reached at [email protected]

Davis: Anti-UVM Medical Center sentiment damages reform effort

The effort to erode trust of the state’s biggest hospital has tied the whole reform movement in knots for more than a year.

Middlesex board rebuffs plan to postpone psych facility closing

“We are pushing back against the state a little bit,” said Selectboard Chairman Peter Hood. “They’ve already had one extension, and now they want another one for two more years.”

Community health care can save money, advocates say

A half-dozen groups announced that they slowed the growth in federal Medicare spending on long-term care by about $1,500 per person from 2011 to 2014.

Brattleboro hospital looks to bolster New Hampshire ties

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital has announced a new “strategic partnership” with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene in New Hampshire. But officials say they’re not talking about a merger.

House backs prescription drug price transparency bill

Under the legislation, the attorney general’s office would require drug manufacturers “to provide justification for the increase in the price of the drug.”

Dental therapist bill on track to become law

Vermont is on track to be one of a handful of states to license midlevel dental providers, a move that advocates say will increase access to routine dental procedures. The House passed S.20 in a voice vote Tuesday. The Senate approved a previous version of the bill in 2015 and will now decide whether to […]

Senate budget leaves out health reform proposals

Money to study health care expansion proposals is not in the Senate’s budget, and money for a Vermont Health Connect study is reduced. New positions at the Green Mountain Care Board are tentative.

House passes bill to license dental therapists

If the Senate approves the changes, Vermont would become one of a handful of states to license mid-level dental professionals. The move is aimed to increase access to routine dental procedures.

RSVP: May 18 Digger Dialogue

Sponsored by Dartmouth-Hitchcock, VTDigger will convene a discussion about the region’s opiate crisis on Wednesday, May 18 in White River Junction. Moderated by VTDigger’s Mark Johnson, this event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

E-cigarette restriction bill clears Senate

The Senate OK’d a bill Thursday that limits the sale and use of electronic cigarettes. The upper chamber passed H.171 on a vote of 24 to 5. The Senate made few changes to the bill that cleared the House last month. The legislation bans the use of e-cigarettes indoors at workplaces and restaurants. It also […]

Vermont to submit ‘best and final offer’ in all-payer deal with feds

Robin Lunge, the director of health care reform for Gov. Peter Shumlin, called it “really premature” to say whether the best and final offer is a signal that the all-payer deal is close to completion.

First case of Zika virus comes to Vermont

The Vermont Department of Health has announced the first case of someone in the state being diagnosed with Zika, a virus often spread by certain mosquitoes found in tropical regions or by unprotected sex with a man. The department issued a news release Friday saying the person developed the virus while traveling to a place […]

Davis: Is the big fish (UVM) gobbling up the little guys?

Small players in Vermont’s health care system have questioned whether they can trust Todd Moore, the president of OneCare and indirectly, whether they could trust UVM and its CEO, Dr. John Brumsted.

Health care advocates duel over funding for expansion studies

Peter Sterling and other advocates for Dr. Dynasaur 2.0 and those who are pushing for universal primary care both want lawmakers to pay for studies of their proposals, but money is tight this year.