Health Care In Vermont

More Cases Of Serious Illness Cause VSEA Health Costs To Skyrocket

Vermont’s state employees are going to be hit with a nearly 18 percent increase in their health care premiums. The increase is taking place because more state employees than projected were treated last year for cancer and heart disease. The increase came as a shock because the VSEA plan had no increases in the past two years.  

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Holvino: End Of Life Report

One of the hardest decisions of my life was telling the oncology nurse at the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital that I was not submitting my 87 year old mother to the painful daily treatment the blood specialist was recommending. It was clear the treatment was not going to cure her or make her life more comfortable and she had trusted me with her end of life care when she could not decide for herself. Though I knew she did not want extraordinary measures or aggressive treatments to prolong of her life, it was still a gut wrenching decision.

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Rural Ambulances Face Staff Shortages And Rising Costs

Rural Ambulances Face Staff Shortages And Rising Costs

More and more ambulance services are needing cash transfusions to stay in business.

Volunteers are scarce, operational costs are rising, and revenues are not keeping pace. So some of the most rural services are starting to consolidate.

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Vermont Health Connect To Undergo Audit

Vermont Health Connect To Undergo Audit

Vermont’s troubled health insurance marketplace will soon undergo yet another round of scrutiny. And this newest audit will examine nearly every aspect of the year old program.

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Vermont Hospitals Fight Medicare Ruling That Would Cost Millions

Vermont Hospitals Fight Medicare Ruling That Would Cost Millions

Ten of Vermont’s 14 hospitals are battling Medicare reimbursement rules that they say will hit their bottom lines hard.

The federal government claims it overpaid the hospitals. And it wants that money back – amounting to as much as $12 million dollars, statewide. So the hospitals are lodging a formal appeal.

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Why Won't Vermont Share Reports About Health Care Quality In Its Prisons?

Why Won't Vermont Share Reports About Health Care Quality In Its Prisons?

The Vermont Department of Corrections and its contractor for health care services are facing two lawsuits accusing them of gross negligence, medical malpractice and cruel and unusual punishment, among other charges.

In both lawsuits – one filed on behalf of the family of Robert Mossey, who killed himself in prison last year and the other filed by a former inmate whose name wasn’t disclosed – the plaintiffs say the quality of health care in Vermont’s prisons, provided by contractor Correct Care Solutions, is severely lacking.

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Key Single-Payer Advocate Says VSEA Health Plan Is Perfect Model

A key Statehouse supporter of a single-payer health care system says the dismal performance of the state’s health care exchange has undermined public confidence in sweeping reform efforts.

It’s a critical reason why Washington Sen. Anthony Pollina is searching for a plan that clearly demonstrates the benefits of a single-payer approach and Pollina thinks he has found it.

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Preparing For Ebola At Vermont's Largest Hospital

Preparing For Ebola At Vermont's Largest Hospital

By now you are no doubt familiar with the news that several West African countries are suffering from an outbreak of the potentially deadly Ebola virus. That awareness, depending on how you react to media coverage of the epidemic, may have morphed to concern, anxiety, or  hopefully not — panic, after a man in Dallas came down with the virus following his travels to Liberia and back to the U.S.

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Hospital CEOs Concerned About Single Payer

Hospital CEOs Concerned About Single Payer

Of all the constituencies Gov. Peter Shumlin will need to win over in order to move forward with single-payer health care, perhaps none are as powerful as Vermont’s hospitals. But hospital CEOs worry that publicly financed health care could harm the quality of medical services.

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Single-Payer Group Shifts Tactics, Parts With Former Legislative Leader

Earlier this year, Assistant Majority Leader Tess Taylor left her high-profile post in the Statehouse to take a job with a new single-payer advocacy group. But after only about six months with the Vermont Coalition for Universal Reform, the former Democratic representative from Barre is preparing to depart.

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