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Blue Cross defends exchange rate increase before Green Mountain Care Board

Ruth Greene, CFO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, and Paul Schultz, a Blue Cross actuary, testify before the Green Mountain Care Board on Tuesday. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

The insurance company is seeking an almost 10 percent increase they say is needed to ensure solvency. Others suggest some projected costs are on the high side.

Dr. Karen Hein will not seek reappointment to Green Mountain Care Board

Dr. Karen Hein will leave the Green Mountain Care Board when her three-year term is complete on Sept. 30. Hein is leaving the five-member board to take care of her husband, Dr. Ralph Dell, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in November 2011 and whose condition has worsened. “Serving as a founding member of the […]

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.

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.

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.

Green Mountain Care Board public meetings in July

The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) will hold the following public meetings on July 10, 17, 24 and 31.

Some Vermonters in the health care exchange could get dinged at tax time

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An Inspector General’s report finds inconsistencies in data given to Vermont Health Connect by enrollees when reconciled with federal information.

Auditor’s report says state could be doing more to make health care costs transparent for consumers

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

Report says the data is available but not shared. Green Mountain Care Board says it agrees with the call for more information but has other pressing demands.

Analysis shows exchange premiums likely to be higher in Vermont than other states

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The rates analyzed in the study are not final, and in Vermont will need the approval of the Green Mountain Care Board, which last year revised rate requests down an average of 4 percent.

Joe Benning: Governor, it’s time for Plan A

The original plan was to make health care universal, make it affordable, and disconnect it from employment. I suspect most Vermonters can unite around such a plan.

State to assess insurer reimbursements to independent physicians

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Lawmakers framed the need for the report as a discussion of whether Vermont should protect its private physician practices or encourage the current trend toward hospital employment.

Not enough time for a global budget experiment at Rutland Regional, state says


Trial program would have set a budget for the hospital based on serving its entire population, rather than the typical fee-for-service model.

$72 million spent on Vermont Health Connect to date

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Most other states are in the same boat with incomplete functionality, heath care reform chief Lawrence Miller says, but federal exchange appears to work better.

John Franco: A moment of truth for the Green Mountain Care Board

The recent requests for premium increases from BCBS and MVP show that we cannot afford more delays in global payment reform.

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