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Shumlin Administration 'Very Confident' Health Connect Will Be Fixed By May

Shumlin Administration 'Very Confident' Health Connect Will Be Fixed By May

The Shumlin administration says it is "very confident" that a key function of the state's health care exchange will be working by the end of next month. The governor says he'll ask lawmakers to drop the state's exchange and move to a federal model if this deadline isn't met.

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Is The End Nigh For Vermont Health Connect?

Is The End Nigh For Vermont Health Connect?

Governor Shumlin announced recently that the state will drop its health care exchange and move to the federal setup if the problems with Vermont Health Connect aren't fixed by the end of May. But he says he's confident that those benchmarks will be met.

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Shumlin: State Will Abandon Exchange If Problems Persist Through May

Shumlin: State Will Abandon Exchange If Problems Persist Through May

Vermont’s online health insurance exchange has been beset with problems since its launch a year and a half ago. In a surprise announcement on Friday, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Vermont will abandon Vermont Health Connect if it doesn’t start working properly soon.

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Remembering Dr. Alan Ayer, Who Helped Bring Thousands Of Lives Into The World

Remembering Dr. Alan Ayer, Who Helped Bring Thousands Of Lives Into The World

Many people in Addison County were saddened this week to learn of the unexpected death last Friday of Dr. Alan Ayer. Dr. Ayer attended the births of thousands of babies at Porter Hospital in Middlebury and was beloved for his kindness to patients over his many years of practice.

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Medical Care: How Much Is Too Much?

Medical Care: How Much Is Too Much?

The prevailing medical thought says that early detection is the key to finding and curing certain diseases. Other common medical assumptions include that it never hurts to get more information, it's always better to fix the problem and all risks can be lowered.

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Senate Extends Law Allowing Terminally Ill To Request Life-Ending Drugs

Senate Extends Law Allowing Terminally Ill To Request Life-Ending Drugs

The Vermont Senate has voted to extend the state law that allows terminally ill people to request medication from their doctors to end their lives.

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Shumlin Adminsitration Working To Resuscitate Payroll Tax

When lawmakers broke for Town Meeting recess last week, a key House committee looked poised to endorse a 2-cent per-ounce tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages to pay for about $34 million in new health care reforms.

But the Shumlin administration has worked hard in the intervening days to remake the case for the governor’s payroll tax proposal. And a revised version of that payroll tax plan looks to have new life in the House Committee on Health Care.

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Spencer Rendahl: Exempt

I recently encountered a compelling question asked of one parent by another: “If my kid can’t bring peanuts to school, why should your kid be allowed to bring measles?”Here’s some context.

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Vermont Health Connect Won't Be Fully Functional Until The End Of May

Problems continue to plague Vermont Health Connect. The Shumlin administration says it will be at least another two months before an online, automated system is in place to allow consumers to make changes to their health care policies.

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Vermont Doctors Say There's Another Reason To Boost Medicaid Rates

Vermont Doctors Say There's Another Reason To Boost Medicaid Rates

Lawmakers are still trying to figure out if increasing Medicaid rates will help curb the cost of private health insurance. But doctors say there’s another important reason to boost payments for providing government-funded care. They’re worried that failure to address the Medicaid issue could create a physician shortage, and put independent practices out of business.

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