Health Care

State receives federal money to attract health professionals to underserved areas

Health Care Rally, May 1, 2011. VTD/Terry Allen.

Vermont receives $250,000 to help ease student debt for providers who take jobs with federally qualified health centers or rural health clinics.

Scheuermann, Komline call for change to allow individuals on VHC to enroll directly with insurers

Rep. Patti Komline, R-Dorset, claps during Gov. Peter Shumlin's 2014 budget address. Photo by Roger Crowley

Ongoing problems with Vermont Health Connect, the state’s online health insurance exchange, are having “a disastrous effect” on thousands of Vermonters’ access to care, said Rep. Patti Komline, R-Dorset.

Report: Vermonters on Medicare saved almost $22 million on prescriptions under ACA

Montpelier Pharmacy, an independent drug store. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

The portion of Social Security that pays disability benefits, known as the Disability Insurance trust, is projected to run out in 2016 without a legislative fix.

Vermont to apply for extension of federal ACA implementation grants

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

An extension would allow the state to continue using that money past the Dec. 31 deadline to build core components of its exchange – most notably completing the Vermont Health Connect website.

State to launch household health care survey next month

A Vermont household insurance survey, which will begin next week, is expected to give the state a window into how close it is to achieving universal health care coverage. The survey will begin in August and be completed in November. Preliminary results are expected in “early 2015,” according to a news release from the Department […]

Healthfirst names director for its commercial shared-savings program

The independent physician network Healthfirst Inc. announced Monday that Amy Cooper will serve as executive director for its commercial shared-savings care programs. Cooper had been managing the organization’s Medicare shared-savings program for the past year. Shared-savings programs are offerings to provider networks known as accountable care organizations. If the network can meet certain quality standards […]

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.

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