Health Care In Vermont

As Vermont Health Exchange Flails, Lawmakers Look To Connecticut

As Vermont Health Exchange Flails, Lawmakers Look To Connecticut

The future of Vermont’s health insurance exchange depends on the Shumlin administration’s ability to meet a looming deadline. Still unanswered, though, is the question of how to proceed if the milestone goes unmet. Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and top lawmakers think the solution might be in Connecticut.

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Rutland Regional Medical Center Ranked Among Nation's Best For Common Care

Rutland Regional Medical Center Ranked Among Nation's Best For Common Care

According to U.S. News and World Report, Rutland Regional Medical Center is among the best hospitals in the nation for providing what’s known as common care.

While many Americans are hospitalized for complex procedures, the vast majority of people need care for chronic illnesses such as lung disease or congestive heart failure, or elective surgeries such as joint replacement. In a recent survey using Medicare data, U.S. News and World Report graded 4,000 U.S. hospitals on how they handled five common issues, and Rutland Regional landed in the top 40.

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Passions Flare At Hearing On Proposal To Eliminate Philosophical Exemption

Passions Flare At Hearing On Proposal To Eliminate Philosophical Exemption

During these final days of the 2015 legislative session, lawmakers will decide whether to abolish the philosophical exemption that hundreds of parents use every year to avoid state vaccine mandates. On Monday night, the House Committee on Health Care held a public hearing on the matter. And turnout showed just how intensely Vermonters care about the issue.

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Sweet Medicine? Preliminary Research Finds Maple Extract May Boost Antibiotics

Sweet Medicine? Preliminary Research Finds Maple Extract May Boost Antibiotics

You may be of the belief that a spoonful of maple syrup helps the medicine go down – and now preliminary research from McGill University suggests that maple syrup may also help the medicine do its job.

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Surge Of Fentanyl-Laced Heroin Prompts Authorities To Sound Alarm

Surge Of Fentanyl-Laced Heroin Prompts Authorities To Sound Alarm

Branded as “The King” or “Ronald Reagan,” potent and possibly deadly batches of heroin are again popping up in New England.

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In Vermont, Few Veterans Are Using New Option For Private Medical Care

In Vermont, Few Veterans Are Using New Option For Private Medical Care

Many veterans who have to drive more than 40 miles to reach a full-service Veterans Health Administration hospital may now get care at private medical facilities at government expense. The option is also available for eligible patients who cannot get an appointment at the VA within 30 days. But so far, not many Vermont vets are taking advantage of this new rule.

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Removal Of Philosophical Exemption Hangs In The Balance

Removal Of Philosophical Exemption Hangs In The Balance

The next few weeks could be a critical time for legislation that eliminates the philosophical exemption to Vermont's mandatory immunization law.

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Senators Propose Taxes On Cigarettes, Health Insurance Claims To Raise Money For Medicaid

Senators Propose Taxes On Cigarettes, Health Insurance Claims To Raise Money For Medicaid

Two Vermont senators are trying to resurrect a plan to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for health care providers. And they’d use tax increases on cigarettes and health insurance claims, as well as heightened penalties on employers that don’t provide health benefits, to pay for the plan.

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House Health Care Reform Bill Is A Shadow Of Its Former Self

House Health Care Reform Bill Is A Shadow Of Its Former Self

It’s battered and beaten, but the House’s health care reform bill is still alive. Many Democratic lawmakers, however, don’t think the legislation goes nearly far enough. And legislators still haven’t figured out how to raise the money needed to support the few initiatives that remain.

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Legislative Leaders Holding Shumlin To May 31 Deadline For Vermont Health Connect

Legislative Leaders Holding Shumlin To May 31 Deadline For Vermont Health Connect

Legislative leaders are ready to pull the plug on Vermont’s health insurance exchange if a key component isn’t working by May 31. But Gov. Peter Shumlin doesn’t think the fate of Vermont Health Connect should rest entirely on the new deadline, even though he’s the one who set it.

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