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]
The bill would explicitly negate the Vermont Supreme Court decision Kuligoski v. Brattleboro Retreat and Northeast Kingdom Human Services and turn back the clock to earlier standards.
The committee is looking at forcing insurance companies to pay independent doctors and hospital-employed doctors equitably. The language would be attached to H.29.
The senator’s bill would prevent large pharmaceutical companies from certain practices that hamper the development of generic, lower-cost drugs.
The House moved forward with three bills related to mental health, while the Senate used a procedural move to advance the workers’ compensation expansion for mental health.
In addition to adding more medical conditions that qualify, the bill would allow dispensaries to open more retail locations and become for-profit entities.
Her appointment was questioned over paperwork, and a former member of the regulatory board never got a vote. The Senate president hinted the process may change.
Betty Rambur served from 2013 until Jan. 15, but the Senate never confirmed her appointment, says the chamber’s secretary. A current interim member’s status has been questioned too.
His proposal “goes hand in hand” with the budget bill, he said, although Senate leaders responded that the idea came too late.
The vote against S.88 kills the bill and ends a political saga that has enveloped the legislation in recent weeks.
They have created a Vermont chapter of the Association of Independent Doctors, a national nonprofit organization that fights acquisition by hospitals and hospital systems.
Patients and their doctors wrote in public comments about a proposed independent surgical center that people have suffered while awaiting treatment.
Infectious disease experts note ticks can cause not only Lyme disease but other serious diseases such as anaplasmosis and babesiosis.
Insurers still pay hospital doctors more for the same procedure than those who are self-employed. “When this building gets frustrated, our inclination is to tell you what to do,” one lawmaker warned regulators.
The Green Mountain Care Board voted to have hospitals use half of any unexpected profits they made in fiscal year 2016 to offset price increases.