Health Care In Vermont

Exchange Shutdown Catches Lawmakers By Surprise

Exchange Shutdown Catches Lawmakers By Surprise

Chittenden Sen. Ginny Lyons is the chairwoman of the Legislature’s Health Care Oversight Committee. And she says that security shortcomings on Vermont Health Connect warranted the decision earlier this week to temporarily shut it down.

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Politicians, Candidates React To Health Exchange Downtime

Vermont politicians and political candidates weighed in on Tuesday’s announcement that Vermont Health Connect will be taken offline for fixes for weeks. Here’s what they had to say:

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Vermont's Health Exchange Site Is Offline For Repairs

Vermont's Health Exchange Site Is Offline For Repairs

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Tuesday that his administration has made the decision to take the Vermont Health Connect website offline for weeks to make repairs, and oversight for the project has shifted.

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VA Town Meeting Brings More Thanks Than Complaints

VA Town Meeting Brings More Thanks Than Complaints

Veterans and their families got a chance to weigh in on services provided at the VA Hospital Junction at a Town Hall style meeting on Monday. The meeting is part of a national effort to improve communication about the way the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs functions.

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Shumlin Won't Pursue Single Payer If It Doesn't Help Economy

Shumlin Won't Pursue Single Payer If It Doesn't Help Economy

Governor Peter Shumlin says he’ll abandon his quest to implement a single-payer health care system, if he can’t develop a financing plan that will improve Vermont’s economic climate. But he also says a good financing proposal could be an important catalyst for his effort to create more jobs.

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Opioid Use Is Rising Among Some Medicare Recipients, Report Shows

Opioid Use Is Rising Among Some Medicare Recipients, Report Shows

Researchers at Dartmouth College have learned that more than 40 percent of people getting Social Security Disability Insurance take opioid pain relievers.

Many of those patients fill six or more different painkiller prescriptions per year, typically from different doctors.

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Hospital Budget Growth Is Low Again This Year

For the second year in a row, the projected budget growth for Vermont’s 14 hospitals is well under recent trends.  

While the growth in budgets varies from hospital to hospital, the Green Mountain Care Board has given its approval to an overall statewide increase of 3.1 percent. Last year, the growth rate was 2.7 percent.

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Homeless Find Health Care And Housing Help At Safe Harbor

Homeless Find Health Care And Housing Help At Safe Harbor

For homeless Vermonters, getting quality health care is a big challenge. Close to 1,000 people come through the doors of the Safe Harbor Health Center in Burlington each year for medical treatment, dental care and counseling services. Plus, they can work on finding housing.

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Advocates Educate Doctors And Patients About End Of Life Law

Advocates Educate Doctors And Patients About End Of Life Law

It’s been a little over a year since it became legal in Vermont for physicians to help terminally ill patients hasten their death with medication.

But so far only two doctors have reported writing the lethal prescriptions, and it's not clear if they were used. So some advocates worry that patients are having trouble finding doctors willing to grant that final wish. Some doctors say the barrier is not just a moral dilemma—it’s a practical one.

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Regulators Approve Brattleboro Retreat's Correction Plan

Regulators Approve Brattleboro Retreat's Correction Plan

The agency that oversees Medicare and Medicaid has approved a plan by the Brattleboro Retreat to correct problems found during a recent inspection. The psychiatric hospital was warned that its Medicare and Medicaid contract would end unless it filed correction plans by the beginning of this week.

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