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. Morgan True is VTDigger’s health care reporter. He can be reached at [email protected]

Vermont Workers’ Center says single payer possible by 2017

The Vermont Workers' Center sponsors a Health and Diginity Rally in the Cedar Creek Room of the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier on opening day of the 2014 legislative session. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Building off the same financing plan that Gov. Peter Shumlin used in deciding not to proceed with single payer, the study says the state can use progressive tax structures to provide universal care by 2017.

VBSR endorse Shumlin plan to address Medicaid cost shift

Dan Barlow

Members of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility support proposed payroll tax.

Lippert predicts health care package will pass out of committee this week

Bill Lippert

House Health Care Committee’s proposal retains much of Shumlin’s plan but doubles exchange subsidies and cuts Medicaid cost-shifting funds.

Vermont Republicans formalize request for federal review of health exchange spending

Joe Benning

Vermont GOP leaders send a letter requesting that the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services investigate whether federal money was used inappropriately in developing Vermont Health Connect.

Vermonters affected by Anthem security breach

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont said Tuesday that about 23,000 members in Vermont may have had their personal information exposed in a cyber attack on Anthem Inc. The affected members most likely received health care in one of the 14 states in which Anthem has reciprocal administration agreements with other Blue Cross and […]

Veteran returns medal in protest of administration’s funding ideas for the Vermont Veterans’ Home

Don Keelan Mary Morrisey

On Monday, Don Keelan, of Arlington, a former lance corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, gave his Vermont National Defense – 1977 medal to Rep. Mary Morrissey, R-Bennington, to return to Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Auditor suggests Gruber may have overbilled

Photo of William Hsiao and Jonathon Gruber.

Invoices submitted by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, hired by the Shumlin administration to work on single payer health care, show discrepancies, State Auditor Doug Hoffer says.

State could shoulder more than $58M of new eligibility system costs

Lawrence Miller, chief of health care reform testified before the Joint Fiscal Committee on July 24, 2014, with Stephanie Beck, the person responsible for the overhaul of Human Services' IT systems. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

The IT project would change the way AHS does business, state officials say, but the price tag and the legacy of previous tech projects has lawmakers wary.

Senate committee approves dental practitioner bill

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Friday unanimously passed S.20, which licenses dental practitioners to provide oral health services in Vermont at the discretion of a dentist. The bill has support from a coalition of advocates who say it will increase access to dental care in underserved rural areas of the state, but it’s […]

Vermont Health Connect offers special enrollment period to help people avoid federal penalty

People who don’t have health insurance and learn about the federal penalty for being uninsured when they file their 2014 taxes have the opportunity to avoid the same penalty next year, state officials announced Thursday. The open enrollment period for people to sign up for health insurance through Vermont Health Connect ended Feb. 15, but […]

Ways and Means skeptical of governor’s payroll tax proposal

Lawmakers, including House Ways and Means chair Janet Ancel, debate the merits of a cloud computing tax on the last day of the legislative session, on May 14, 2013. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana/

Money committee wants more assurances about assumptions made in governor’s proposal to increase Medicaid payments.

Lawmakers weigh safeguards set to sunset in assisted suicide law

Lynne Cleveland

Protections included in Vermont’s physician-assisted suicide law will sunset in 2016 without legislative action. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee took testimony Thursday to assess how the law is working, and whether the safeguards should be continued. Harry Chen, commissioner of Department of Health, said Vermont doctors have written six prescriptions for life-ending medication since […]

Senators eye ‘fast track’ for Medicaid enrollment


Tracking down close to 6,500 uninsured Vermonters whose income makes them eligible for Medicaid is the challenge.

Westminster artist third in Vermont to use life-ending medication under patient choice act

Maggie Lake

Maggie Lake’s last exhibit of botanical art in last stages of decay reflects her struggle with terminal cancer.

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