Health Care

Advocates, dentists prepare to face off over licensing dental practitioners

A root canal gone bad is shown on a dental X-ray. Creative Commons photo by Wonderland via Flickr

Thirty percent of dentists refused to accept new Medicaid patients in 2011, according to a Green Mountain Care Board study.

Hoffer can’t get answers on Gruber invoices

State Auditor Doug Hoffer. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

State Auditor Doug Hoffer hasn’t gotten a satisfactory explanation for two sparsely detailed invoices totaling $160,000 the state received, and paid out, to economist Johnathan Gruber, Hoffer said Friday. Gruber was hired by the state to model the impact of the governor’s shelved single payer proposal. He agreed to forgo $240,000 of his original contract, […]

Lawmakers call on Shumlin to abandon state exchange for new federal program

Patti Komline

The group will introduce a bill calling on the Shumlin administration to transition to the new type of Affordable Care Act marketplace by the end of March.

Vermont Health Connect will cost $9.7 million more than anticipated in this fiscal year

Secretary of Commerce & Community Development Lawrence Miller. File photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

Money is part of budget adjustment to pay for maintenance of health exchange. Republicans propose switch to a modified state and federal marketplace.

UVM Health Network, BCBS support parts of Shumlin’s premium reduction plan

Lawrence Miller, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, speaks at a press conference with Governor Peter Shumlin. VTD Photo/Taylor Dobbs

The state’s largest hospital network and largest insurer back Gov. Peter Shumlin’s efforts to reduce premium growth.

Wellness program, software, loan repayment program among health department budget cuts

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Total cuts at the Vermont Department of Health total $2.24 million, according to the governor’s budget proposal.

Face of Vermont Health Connect leaving state government

Mark Larson, commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access

Mark Larson, commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access, oversaw the rollout of the state’s health exchange website.

Healthfirst to drop out of Medicare ACO offering

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

A network of providers in an Accountable Care Organization says incentives for shared-savings targets can’t be met.

Legislative Preview: Legislators introduce a bevy of health bills

Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison, is chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Along with the governor’s plan to raise $86 million to boost Medicaid payments, lawmakers will consider health care issues including dental practitioners, paid sick leave, and more.

Faith leaders call for universal health care

Rabbi Joshua Chason, of the Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington, speak about universal health care at the Statehouse on Thursday. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

“Health care as a human right is basic compassion,” said Rabbi Joshua Chason, joining the Vermont Workers’ Center in condemning the sidelining of single payer.

Proposed 0.7 percent payroll tax would boost Medicaid

Gov. Peter Shumlin delivers his budget address at the Statehouse on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

With single payer off the table, Shumlin proposes plan to generate roughly $86 million for health care reforms. The payroll tax, advocates say, could be a vehicle for a taxpayer funded system in future.

Advocate says ACA could pave the way for state single payer program

Peter Sterling, executive director of Vermont Leads. Photo by Anne Galloway

Vermont Leads predicts that support will grow for a publicly financed health care program as high out-of-pocket costs, a tax on “Cadillac” health plans, and less generous benefits from employers become realities under the Affordable Care Act.

Speaker Smith says health care hearing will happen, but on Legislature’s schedule

House Speaker Shap Smith, D-Morristown, said there will be hearings on Gov. Peter Shumlin’s single payer financing report, but they won’t be held to the schedule demanded by demonstrators. Twenty-nine people were arrested after refusing to leave the House floor after Thursday’s inaugural address. The group demanded Smith publicly commit to holding legislative hearings on the report […]

Vermont Workers’ Center at the fore of health care advocacy

The Vermont Workers Center founded the "Healthcare is a Human Right" campaign in 2008. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

One of the key groups behind recent demonstrations at the Statehouse in Montpelier is seen as a grassroots model for those who believe in publicly financed health care.

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