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. Erin Mansfield is VTDigger’s health care reporter. She can be reached at [email protected]

Planned Parenthood defunding would affect Medicaid patients

More than 50 percent of Planned Parenthood patients in Vermont have Medicaid for health insurance, the organization says.

Grace Cottage Hospital adds ‘safe space’ for mental health patients

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.

Complex ‘surgery’ prescribed to fix Vermont Health Connect

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and MVP Health Care are warning about the risks of fixing the embattled health exchange.

Patient support staff at UVM Medical Center press for changes

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.

Welch: Vermonters’ health care vulnerable under Trump

He warned lawmakers and the governor about the possible conversion of Medicaid funding to block grants and said that could devastate community hospitals.

Vermonters rally in opposition to Obamacare repeal

“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.

State to pay Blue Cross $3.5 million

This is the second settlement the state has paid to Blue Cross for reconciliation of accounts for Vermont Health Connect customers.

Psychiatric survivors oppose mental health bill

A bill in the Legislature explicitly seeks to overrule Kuligoski v. Brattleboro Retreat.

Middle-of-the-night vote clears way for Obamacare repeal

“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.

Welch seeks drug negotiating power for Medicare

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.

UVM Health Network seeks $112.4 million records system

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.

Another member leaving Green Mountain Care Board

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.

Brattleboro hospital plans $22.7M expansion

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.

Maple Leaf Treatment Center in Underhill to temporarily close next week

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.