Vermont insurer, hospitals oppose Obamacare replacement bill

“For Vermont and Vermonters, we don’t see anything good,” the CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont said Thursday. “It’s nothing we can support.”

Sanders: House Republican plan ‘will throw millions off health insurance’

Under a Medicaid block grant plan, states would be given greater flexibility with federal money, but spending would be capped.

Trump meets with Welch to hear pitch on Medicare drug bargaining power

Welch urged the president to harness his business background and strike a huge deal for the American people.

State retracts data showing jump in psychiatric emergencies

A double counting made it appear that involuntary admissions of adults had spiked, said officials. But the correction doesn’t mean there’s no mental health crisis, they added.

Senate acts to ease psychiatric backlog in emergency rooms

It passed a bill that’s expected to help. And Senate President Tim Ashe says he has asked the Human Services Agency for a plan to do more.

Sanders sees moment may be right for drug importation bill

He’s pushed the idea for years. Now some Republicans, including the president, have signaled an openness to taking on drugmakers.

OneCare pushes back on bill that would require open meetings

The bill, S.4, would require open meetings at OneCare in most circumstances. The language is similar to Vermont’s Open Meeting Law.

Telemedicine on the rise at Vermont hospitals

Hospital administrators say giving patients remote access to routine checkups and specialists can improve care and cut costs. The efforts come as a telemedicine bill, approved by the Senate Friday, aims to increase insurer reimbursement.

Senate OKs bill allowing doctors to eat conference food paid for by drug companies

he Vermont Senate gave preliminary approval Friday to a bill that would allow doctors and other health care providers to eat food paid for by pharmaceutical companies. The Senate approved S.45 in a voice vote, with a handful of voices dissenting. The bill is scheduled to be read the third time, and possibly passed, on […]

UPDATED: Rothenberg won’t be reappointed to run psychiatric hospital

Jeff Rothenberg revealed in an email to the hospital’s advisory board that his last day is Friday.

House committee prioritizes four mental health bills

Rep. Bill Lippert, D-Hinesburg, the chair of House Health Care, said the panel hopes to pass all four bills before crossover.

Bill would let doctors eat free food at conferences

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee has endorsed a bill designed to allow doctors who go to conferences to eat meals paid for by pharmaceutical companies. The committee voted 5-0 in favor of S.45. The bill now heads to the Senate floor. S.45 updates an existing Vermont law that requires pharmaceutical companies to disclose gifts […]

Bill on mental health ‘duty to warn’ is headed to Senate floor

The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed S.3, which seeks to clarify mental health providers’ responsibilities when discharging a patient who may be dangerous.

Senate passes bill to expand doctor recovery program

The Vermont Senate passed a bill, S.14, on Friday that would extend the scope of a program that helps doctors recover from substance abuse. The voluntary Vermont Practitioner Health Program was designed to protect the public. Many doctors are referred to it by the Vermont Board of Medical Practice. If the bill becomes law, Vermont […]