UVM Study: Medicare Recipients Who Utilize Rehabilitation Services Report Major Functional Improvements

News Release — UVM May 4, 2017 Contact: Jon Reidel, [email protected], 802-656-8206 A new study showing significant patient-reported functional improvement among Medicare recipients who utilize rehabilitation services offers hope for America’s 65-and-older set, which is expected to double by 2050. That’s assuming Medicare – the nation’s largest federal health insurance program for seniors – survives […]

Avram Patt: Health care for everyone

Let’s come to our senses, rise above the present dysfunction in Washington, and actually commit to improving health care for all Americans, not taking it away.

Paul D. Manganiello: Obamacare — repeal, revise, replace?

What the Republicans are proposing will not bring about a healthy health care system but a continuation of our present dysfunctional health care system.

Sanders Hosts Town Meeting on Senior Issues in St. Johnsbury on Thursday

News Release — Sen. Bernie Sanders March 14, 2017 Contact: [email protected] Sen. Bernie Sanders will host a town meeting on senior issues in St. Johnsbury, Vermont on Thursday, March 16. The senior town meeting will be held at noon at the Good Living Senior Center, located at 1207 Main Street in St. Johnsbury. The town […]

Trumpcare would cost 24 million their coverage, says CBO

That would start with 14 million in the first year, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The plan would also reduce the deficit.

Issue with state computer system creates federal red tape for some benefits recipients

State officials say they have sent letters to an unknown number of people asking them to change the way their names are listed with the Social Security Administration in order to receive state benefits.

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.

Free Medicare Bootcamp Classes to be Held in Windham and Windsor Counties

News Release — Senior Solutions March 1, 2017 Contact: Pati Kimball Senior Solutions SHIP coordinator [email protected] At this free class, Senior Solutions staff will provide unbiased information about the Medicare system. Medicare has strict enrollment periods, and this session will help participants make timely decisions about drug plans and supplemental plans as well as many […]

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.