As leaders in Vermont's health care system, we are committed to providing care and services without discrimination, regardless of who you are and who you love. Vermont’s hospitals, providers, health care professionals, and insurers will not change our practices based on new federal guidance that attempts to strip protections from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people.
Every LGBTQ Vermonter must be able to access health care without fear of discrimination. Vermont law protects LGBTQ people from discrimination in health care today, and Vermont's health care community stands united against this discrimination.
Along with our continued commitment to provide care and services without discrimination, we recommit to improving the ways we serve the LGBTQ community.
If you do experience health care discrimination or other issues accessing care, you have resources:
- You can contact the Pride Center of Vermont's SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program during office hours at 802-863-0003 or by emailing [email protected] The SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program’s mission is to end violence and discrimination in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected (LGBTQ+) people in Vermont.
- You can contact the Department of Financial Regulation by phone at 833-DFR-HOTLINE or by email at [email protected] DFR is committed to ensuring Vermonters, especially those in marginalized and vulnerable communities, have access to medically necessary care.
- You can contact the Health Care Advocate HelpLine by phone at 800-917-778 or by email at [email protected] The Office of the Health Care Advocate is a free resource available to help everyone in Vermont solve problems related to health care, including health insurance and health care access.
Signed, AIDS Project of Southern Vermont Karen Peterson | Executive Director [email protected] | 802-254-8263
Bi-State Primary Care Association Georgia Maheras | VP Policy & Strategy
[email protected] | 857-234-5171
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Sara Teachout | Director of Government and Media Relations [email protected] | 802-371-3254
Department of Financial Regulation Michael S. Pieciak | Commissioner [email protected] | 802-828-2380
HealthFirst Independent Practice Association Susan Ridzon | Executive Director [email protected], 802-878-8811
HIV/HCV Resource Center Laura Byrne | Executive Director
Office of the Health Care Advocate Mike Fisher | Chief Health Care Advocate [email protected] | 800-917-7787
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England Lucy Leriche | VP Vermont Public Affairs, PPNNE [email protected] | 802-598-4182
Recovery House, Inc. Chadd Viger | CEO
The University of Vermont Medical Center Stephen Leffler, MD | President & Chief Operating Officer [email protected]
Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems Jeff Tieman | President and Chief Executive Officer [email protected] | 802-355-0915
Vermont Association of Naturopathic Physicians Dr Joshua Green | President [email protected]
Vermont Care Partners Julie Tessler | Co-Executive Director [email protected] | 802-279-0464
Vermont CARES Peter Jacobsen | Executive Director
[email protected] | 802-863-2437
Vermont's Free & Referral Clinics Steven Maier | Executive Director [email protected] | 802-448-4280
Vermont Long-Term Care Ombudsman Project Sean Londergan | State Long-Term Care Ombudsman [email protected] | 802-383-2227
Vermont Medical Society Jessa Barnard | Executive Director [email protected]
Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, Inc. Catherine E. Fulton | Executive Director [email protected] | 802-229-2449
VNAs of Vermont Jill Mazza Olson | Executive Director [email protected] | 802-249-8491