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. Erin Mansfield is VTDigger’s health care reporter. She can be reached at [email protected]
More than 50 percent of Planned Parenthood patients in Vermont have Medicaid for health insurance, the organization says.
Vermont’s smallest hospital has joined some others in creating a special room in response to an increasing number of people seeking emergency mental health treatment.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and MVP Health Care are warning about the risks of fixing the embattled health exchange.
They want a bargaining unit separate from other support workers, as well as a base wage of $15 an hour and a limit on the number of patients they’re responsible for during a shift.
He warned lawmakers and the governor about the possible conversion of Medicaid funding to block grants and said that could devastate community hospitals.
“Our job today is to defend the Affordable Care Act, and our job tomorrow is to create a single-payer system,” Bernie Sanders said through a video feed from a similar rally in Michigan.
This is the second settlement the state has paid to Blue Cross for reconciliation of accounts for Vermont Health Connect customers.
A bill in the Legislature explicitly seeks to overrule Kuligoski v. Brattleboro Retreat.
“On behalf of elderly people who cannot afford prescription drugs I vote no,” said Bernie Sanders, joined by Patrick Leahy. Sanders also offered an amendment letting the government negotiate drug prices, but it failed.
He sent a note to Donald Trump pointing out that the president-elect has expressed support for negotiating and calling on him to check out a bill Welch introduced.
The state’s largest hospital system has applied for a certificate of need for a system that would serve four hospitals and all its doctors offices.
In other moves, Health Commissioner Harry Chen will keep his job through March, and former state Rep. Mike Fisher will go to the Office of the Health Care Advocate.
A $6 million gift from a longtime Brattleboro resident accelerated the project, which includes a new four-story building that will house expanded surgical services, medical offices and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. An application is pending before the state’s Green Mountain Care Board.
While the state is investigating complaints against the drug treatment facility in Underhill received in December, the closing was a decision between Maple Leaf’s administration and state officials because of staffing issues.