The legislation establishes a Health Equity Advisory Commission ‘to promote health equity and eradicate health disparities among Vermonters.’
‘It’s low-cost for the state, but a moral imperative,’ said Vermont Law School professor Erin Jacobsen. The House Committee on Health Care will vote on a bill on Friday.
Between open seats and challenges to incumbents, these are the Democratic primaries to keep an eye on.
The vote on whether House members would move forward with remote proceedings was held virtually itself, in a Zoom session with nearly all 150 lawmakers in the chamber attending.
The state offered a more conciliatory tone after a weeklong standoff about the financial standing of Vermont’s largest mental health facility.
The House Health Care Committee has agreed to legislative language that would require regulators to collect and review a variety of information from the Brattleboro Retreat and Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital.
The House Health Care Committee is considering whether independent surgical centers should be subject to a provider tax and Green Mountain Care Board oversight. Both ideas generated controversy last year.
Members of the religious groups, which pool resources to offer health benefits to their members, believe they should not be subject to Vermont’s mandatory health insurance regulations.
“If we failed, we were going to fail history,” then-House Speaker Shap Smith says about the climactic vote in 2009 that legalized same-sex marriage.
Act 250 reform, free college tuition, and a new affordable housing bond are just a few of the measures that have little chance left to make it to the governor’s desk this year.
The legislation features a tax-based financial penalty for Vermont’s pending health insurance mandate, as well as a list of those who won’t have to comply with that mandate.
“It would be easier to steal a bar of gold from Fort Knox than it would be to game the lottery system—by anybody,” Vermont’s lottery commissioner told lawmakers on Thursday.
MVP said Mike Fisher’s “expert report should be stricken in its entirety,” and his testimony should also be “barred,” officials wrote, “since it is no more than an opinion.”
The House passed a law that could see Vermont import medicine from Canada to take advantage of lower prices there. But it faces federal headwinds.