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Governor says it’s up to him to fix Vermont Health Connect

Gov. Peter Shumlin and Lawrence Miller, chief of the state's heath care reform effort, attend a news conference Thursday in Barre to announce an grant to repair flood damage in the city. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Shumlin responds to continuing failures in the state’s health care exchange, saying the administration will eventually get it right.

Vermont Health Connect shakes up practices, adds personnel

Secretary Lawrence Miller testifies in front of the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDigger

Function for customers to make changes online may not be ready before next open enrollment period in November.

State hires MIT economist to vet single-payer proposals

Vermont has hired a policy architect of the Affordable Care Act as an economic consultant to help the Shumlin administration vet different single-payer financing scenarios.

State reports privacy issue with Vermont Health Connect

A Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont employee last month received personally identifying information for MVP Health Care and Delta Dental clients, a state official said Wednesday.

Problems with Vermont Health Connect at crisis stage, lawmaker says

Rep. Mike Fisher, D-Lincoln, chairman of the House Health Care Committee, hears testimony at the Statehouse in Montpelier. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Chairman of the House Health Care Committee says drastic measures may be taken next session after hearing that trouble with the state’s health care exchange haven’t improved. Medicaid patients are having trouble signing up.

Berlin psychiatric hospital to be fully online by next month, lawmakers told

From left, Mental Health Commissioner Paul Dupre, deputy commissioner Frank Reed and medical director Jay Batra testify at a House Mental Health Oversight Committee meeting Tuesday. Photo by Katie Jickling/VTDigger

Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital, which replaced the former state hospital in Waterbury, has eight available beds filled and expects all 25 to ready by Aug. 15.

Mt. Ascutney Hospital deepens ties with Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Main entrance of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Mark Washburn/Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center will be able to take more uninsured patients or people covered by government programs, thereby freeing up beds at the academic medical center in New Hampshire and allowing some patients to receive care closer to home.

Blue Cross appeals rate decision on its Vermont Health Plan

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont headquarters in Berlin. Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDigger

Green Mountain Care Board reduces rate increase request by a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont subsidiary from 2 percent to 0.5 percent.

Premium assistance could haunt recipients at tax time

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Tax preparer says recipients of premium tax credits through Vermont Health Connect will have their incomes “reconciled” at tax time.

Hospital budget requests ‘historically low,’ regulators say

Mike Davis leads the hospital budget review process for the Green Mountain Care Board. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

Vermont hospitals are seeking a 2.6 percent average increase in net-patient revenue for the coming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

Health care regulations approved after disagreement is resolved

After an initial postponement, the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules unanimously passed the 360-page revision of Vermont’s health care regulations. The rules went before LCAR two weeks ago, but the committee postponed the vote to settle a disagreement in the interpretation of a section of the rules between the state and Vermont Legal Aid. Vermont […]

Copley Hospital seeks to build $12.5 million surgical suite

The hospital has applied for a certificate of need from the Green Mountain Care Board.

Number of Hepatitis C cases second only to Lyme disease in 2013

Blood drawn for testing . U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Nathanael T. Miller

Medicaid covering new $84,000 drug for 12-week treatment.

Teleconferencing available between Bennington hospital, Dartmouth

This article is by the Bennington Banner, in which it was first published Jule 8, 2014. BENNINGTON — Patients can now see a rheumatologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. without having to leave Bennington. Southwestern Vermont Medical Center announced Monday that since June many patients have been able to see Dr. Daniel Albert, […]

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