AARP Vermont Launches Campaign to Protect Medicare

News Release — AARP January 30, 2017 Contact: AARP Media, 202-434-2560, [email protected], @AARPMedia Proposed ‘Voucher’ Plan Threatens Benefits of Vermonters BURLINGTON,VT — AARP today launched a comprehensive campaign to protect Medicare in the face of proposals by some in Congress that would hurt hardworking Vermonters who have paid into the program their entire working lives. […]

Welch seeks drug negotiating power for Medicare

He sent a note to Donald Trump pointing out that the president-elect has expressed support for negotiating and calling on him to check out a bill Welch introduced.

Leahy and Others to Introduce Legislation to Lower Prescription Drug Prices For Seniors

News Release — Sen. Patrick Leahy Jan. 6, 2017 Press Contact: David Carle 202-224-3693 As New Congress Opens, Leahy Joins Klobuchar And Others To Introduce Legislation To Lower Prescription Drug Prices For Seniors . . . bill would drop ban that bars Medicare from using its bargaining power to negotiate best possible prices for prescription […]

Welch Introduces Bill to Force Drug Corporation to Negotiate Medicare Prescription Drug Prices

News Release — Rep. Peter Welch January 4, 2017 Contact: Kirsten Hartman, Communications Director (202) 225-4115 President-elect Trump embraced drug price negotiation in campaign; Move would cut drug prices for seniors and save taxpayers billions WASHINGTON – In his first bill introduction in the new Congress, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) today unveiled legislation that would […]

Faye Longo: One car repair away from disaster

I have worked hard all my life to pull myself out of the cycle of poverty and I will not willingly go back on public assistance if I can help it!

Can Sanders and Trump find common ground as political outsiders?

As Trump gears up a victory tour, Sanders and his team are hammering out a game plan of their own.

FairWarning: Drug lobbyists and campaign cash stymie bid to restrain Medicare prescription costs

U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., says it’s “Exhibit A in how crony capitalism works.”

Turner: Gov. Shumlin’s Haste to Implement ‘All Payer Waiver’ Raises Serious Concerns

News Release — Don Turner September 28, 2016 Contact: Rep. Don Turner 802-373-5960 Milton, Vt. – On Wednesday September 14, Gov. Shumlin traveled to Washington, D.C. to finalize negotiations regarding an “all-payer waiver” from the federal government. The forthcoming decision, if approved and implemented, would fundamentally alter the healthcare system in Vermont by replacing the […]

Vermont only state that didn’t cut Medicare readmissions

The state’s readmission rate was statistically level from 2010 to 2015, while nationally the readmission rate went down 8 percent.

Davis: Health care merger realigns hospitals, community centers

The deal capped nearly two years of grinding and often contentious negotiations between doctors, community health centers and hospitals.

Community health care can save money, advocates say

A half-dozen groups announced that they slowed the growth in federal Medicare spending on long-term care by about $1,500 per person from 2011 to 2014.

Davis: Feds tap the brakes, but state can roll on payment reform

Even with the lag on Medicare, a statewide accountable care organization could enter into full block financing contracts in 2017 with private insurers and with the state for the Medicaid population.

Three Years After Landmark Medicare Improvement Standard Case, Jimmo v. Sebelius, Plaintiffs Return to Court to Urge Enforcement

News Release — Center for Medicare Advocacy March 1, 2016 Contact: Maria Myotte [email protected], 720 352 6153 Three Years After Landmark Medicare Improvement Standard Case, Jimmo v. Sebelius, Plaintiffs Return to Court to Urge Enforcement Medicare Beneficiaries Across the Country Still Denied Needed Coverage Due to Illegal Use of Improvement Standard March 1, 2016 – […]

Doctor settles Medicaid and Medicare fraud case

A South Burlington doctor will pay $500,000 after settling a case that included allegations of Medicaid and Medicare fraud. The U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Vermont alleged that Dr. Gamal Eltabbakh, of Lake Champlain Gynecologic Oncology, purchased seven types of drugs used in chemotherapy treatments from a Canadian distributor and other sources. Some […]