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]

Seven years of disability discrimination complaints target UVM Medical Center

Deaf patients have said since 2010 that the state’s largest hospital does not provide American Sign Language interpreters when patients need them.

Blue Cross Blue Shield seeks $10.3M for unpaid Vermont Health Connect premiums

The insurance company has requested a total of $15.4 million over the past three years.

Savings announced from new health plan for retired teachers

State Treasurer Beth Pearce said Thursday that her office has completed negotiations for a contract to provide health insurance to retired teachers in the state. The one-year deal will save the state more than $550,000, while also saving retired teachers over age 65 a total of $110,000, according to Pearce. That’s because it reduces premiums […]

Public advocates take aim at Blue Cross rate hike request

An actuary for the Office of the Health Care Advocate disputed Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont’s math and said premiums on Vermont Health Connect should go up just 8.7 percent.

Regulators seek to reduce MVP premium increase

The 6.7 percent increase assumes that Vermont hospitals will charge roughly the same amount for services in 2018 as they did in 2017.

Medical society taps lobbyist as new leader

The Vermont Medical Society, which represents doctors across the state, has selected its lobbyist to run the organization when the current leader retires. Jessa Barnard, who has been the organization’s general counsel and vice president for policy since March, will replace Paul Harrington as executive vice president of the organization Dec. 1. Harrington retires Nov. […]

Support unclear, GOP leaders vow vote on Obamacare repeal

It appears to have lost more Senate backers than it can afford. Repeal “makes for a great sound bite if you don’t actually have to do anything,” Sen. Patrick Leahy said. Bernie Sanders promised his own plan.

Hearings on health premium increases planned this week

State regulators will hold public hearings on proposals by two health insurance companies to raise premiums for people using Vermont Health Connect. The Green Mountain Care Board will hold two hearings this week, both in Room 11 at the Statehouse in Montpelier. Next week the board will hold an additional event in the evening to […]

Vermont Republicans join Democrats to oppose health care bill

Gov. Phil Scott joined the state’s congressional delegation and Republicans and Democrats in the state Legislature to oppose the Better Care Reconciliation Act.

Departing CEO sees future for small hospitals

Roger Allbee, who’s leaving his post as Grace Cottage Hospital’s top administrator, said primary and preventive care should be valued just as much as acute and specialty care.

PTSD center in White River Junction poised for full funding

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved $40 million for the national center, the same level as the current year. The Trump administration had requested $19.7 million.

Small health reform company struggles to get Medicaid contract

Community Health Accountable Care, which has sought to stay independent from a large hospital network, says it has not been able to reach an agreement with Vermont Medicaid.

Senate GOP tries again; Vermont health care leaders shudder

The latest Republican health care reform effort in Congress includes more money for opiate abuse treatment, but Vermont health care leaders still don’t like it.

Ex-regulator calls on board to push investment in primary care

Dr. Allan Ramsay, formerly of the Green Mountain Care Board, said hospitals and health reform companies should be forced to invest in primary care, mental health and community services.