Health Care

Protesters demand action on single payer, condemn Shumlin’s reversal

A protester burns a medical bill in a demonstration against Gov. Peter Shumlin's decision not to pursue single payer health care in the next legislative session. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

A protest organized by the Vermont Workers’ Center sought to advance the cause of single payer health care, despite Gov. Shumlin’s decision that it is fiscally unworkable.

Margolis: Leading means being able to say you lost

Peter Shumlin signed the historic health care reform act on the Statehouse steps on Thursday. VTD/Taylor Dobbs.

Gov. Peter Shumlin may have wasted a lot of time and money, but in the end he at least stood up and took the heat, even though the decision to move away from single payer health care wounded him and his supporters.

Report: Vermont second-healthiest state in the U.S.

For the second consecutive year, Vermont ranks as the second-healthiest state in the U.S., according to America’s Health Rankings 2014 report. The report was is based on an evaluation of four categories of health determinants including behaviors, community and environment, clinical care and policy as well as the health outcomes those determinants yield. Vermont ranked […]

Shumlin backs off single payer plan

Gov. Peter Shumlin announces that single payer health care will not go forward in the next legislative session. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Gov. Peter Shumlin’s dream of a single payer health care plan evaporated Wednesday as the administration said the state could not afford it anytime in the near future.

Vermont Health Connect extends deadline for Jan. coverage

Kellie Lafaille takes Kim Kennison's blood pressure at The Health Center in Plainfield. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

A deadline to sign up with the state’s health insurance exchange expired Monday, but state officials didn’t inform the media that it was allowing people to sign up until Dec. 31 for coverage to begin Jan. 1. It did tell navigators about the extension. The intent was for people to sign up sooner rather that later, VHC said.

Sen. Tim Ashe clarifies VPR remarks about single payer

Sen. Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, is chair of the Senate Committee on Finance. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

State Sen. Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, says universal coverage should be a goal during discussion of a publicly financed health care system next session.

Special report: Emails show Shumlin administration down to the wire on single-payer financing

Jonathan Gruber FOX

Internal memos raise questions about Gruber contract, governor’s use of executive privilege, conflicts of interest and 2017 start date.

Judge rules against lawmaker over single payer documents

Rep. Cynthia Browning, D-Arlington. File Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

State Rep. Cynthia Browning, D-Arlington, had sued for access to documents on the development of single payer health care. A judge has ruled the documents are subject to executive privilege.

Vermont Health Connect experiencing errors and cost increases

Lawrence Miller. File Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Complicated processes in Vermont’s health exchange are leading to problems for some customers. Also, many change orders from last year have yet to be processed, and costs are rising faster than expected.

Too much cost sharing in health exchange, advocates say

Alissa Carberry, who has type 1 diabetes, is working Vermont’s Health Care is a Human Right campaign because her Vermont Health Connect plan leaves her with too many bills. Photo by Keith Brunner/Vermont Workers Center

Alissa Carberry has a job and health insurance through Vermont Health Connect but she can’t keep up with the deductibles and copays needed to treat her type 1 diabetes. That’s why she supports a publicly funded plan.

Is history repeating itself on health reform?

Howard Dean. Photo by Vincent Gallegos

Some fear the same pitfalls that stymied major reforms to Vermont’s health care system in 1994 under Howard Dean could also derail Shumlin’s effort.

Gruber apologizes on Capitol Hill

Jonathan Gruber FOX

Jonathan Gruber, the MIT professor hired by the Shumlin administration to conduct economic modeling of a single-payer health care plan, told Washington lawmakers Tuesday that he was sorry for remarks that referred to taxpayer “stupidity.”

Health care advocates push for ‘equity’ in single-payer financing

James Haslam, executive director of the Vermont Workers Center, pushed for universal health care at a news conference Monday in Burlington. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

Shumlin has not yet released details of his health care financing plan, but the administration affirmed that it will likely include an employer payroll and income tax. The idea of a flat employer payroll tax has raised concerns among those who want health care services to be administered as a public good.

Reactions to details of single payer finance plan

Rich Harvie is co-owner of Montpelier Pharmacy, an independent drug store. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

Business owners, lawmaker, economist and advocates weigh on a report that Gov. Peter Shumlin plans to finance universal health care with payroll and income taxes that will dramatically shift the cost of health care.

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