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

Trumpcare bill pulled in unexpected turnabout on House floor

The messy fight over the bill — waged among Republicans who control both Congress and the White House — was an embarrassing failure for the party, which has pledged for seven years to eliminate one of President Barack Obama’s signature achievements.

Advocates look to put Scott on the spot over health care

At a Statehouse rally, speakers decried federal cutbacks and insisted the Republican governor “stand up” against the GOP plan in Congress. Scott said he has been clear in denouncing it.

Republicans struggle to find votes to pass Trumpcare

The legislation — drafted and promoted chiefly by Speaker Paul Ryan and the president — has been flayed in recent days by Republicans of all stripes.

House passes bill to let LGBTQ minors consent to counseling

The House passed the bill Thursday 125-12. Supporters said it could prevent suicide, while opponents said the bill infringes on parental rights.

Senators seek $30.2 million to increase pay for mental health workers

The bill passed the Senate Health and Welfare Committee unanimously Friday and now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Blue Cross backs independent surgical center

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont insures about 90 percent of people who use Vermont Health Connect and more than 80 percent of Vermonters who get insurance through employers.

Senate endorses open meetings for OneCare

he Vermont Senate has endorsed S.4, the bill that would require the board of directors for the state’s largest health care organization to hold open meetings. Senators gave preliminary approval to the bill unanimously on Thursday in a voice vote. The Senate is on track to pass the bill Friday. S.4 affects accountable care organizations, […]

House endorses bill to find causes of suicide

The Vermont House gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill that seeks to find out more about why people take their own lives. The bill, H.184, requires the Agency of Human Services to collect information on suicides and submit a report to the Legislature each year analyzing why people took their lives. The bill seeks […]

Porter Medical Center to join UVM Health Network in April

The Middlebury hospital will become part of the state’s largest health care system next month and hold a community launch May 11.

UVM Medical Center being investigated over staffing reports

The nurses union was involved in the complaint regarding staffing to the state, leading to an investigation. The hospital stands behind its staffing reports.

OneCare drops opposition to open meetings bill

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee passed S.4 after stakeholders, including the largest health care organization in the state, came to an agreement.

Regulators set hearing on for-profit surgical center proposal

The Green Mountain Care Board on April 13 will hear from investors seeking to build the center in Colchester. Vermont hospitals have opposed the project for nearly two years.

Trumpcare would cost 24 million their coverage, says CBO

That would start with 14 million in the first year, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The plan would also reduce the deficit.

New health care bill could cost Vermont $200 million

State officials say more people will go without health insurance as a result of the federal law.