Health Care In Vermont

Health Care Chief: Problems At Exchange Hurting Support For Single Payer

The governor’s chief of health care reform, Lawrence Miller, says the ongoing technical problems at the state’s health care exchange have undermined political support for a single payer system. But Miller says the administration has more than enough time to rectify this situation.

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Health Exchange Woes Continue Unabated

Health Exchange Woes Continue Unabated

Fifteen-thousand Vermonters who are enrolled in the state's Health Care Exchange, Vermont Health Connect, can't change any of their information at the website. That was one of the frustrations that lawmakers wanted answers to last week, when representatives of Governor Peter Shumlin's administration gave them an overview of attempts to fix the web portal.  We learn more in an interview with Lawrence Miller, head of health care reform for the Shumlin Administration. Also on the program, Vermont Health Advocate Trinka Kerr, with Vermont Legal Aid.

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Despite Pleas To Bypass Troubled Exchange, Shumlin Stays The Course

Despite Pleas To Bypass Troubled Exchange, Shumlin Stays The Course

Ongoing problems with the state’s health care exchange have prompted renewed calls for major changes in the way that individuals and small businesses purchase health insurance in Vermont. But Gov. Peter Shumlin is resisting these changes.

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Lack Of Medicaid Coverage Hampers Addiction Treatment

Lack Of Medicaid Coverage Hampers Addiction Treatment

As an ever increasing number of people seek help with alcohol and drug addiction, a payment loophole is preventing many of those patients from getting timely treatment. That’s in part because Medicaid does not reimburse private providers who treat their patients for addiction, unless they are also diagnosed with a mental illness.

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In Fight For Soda Tax, Stakes Getting Bigger

In Fight For Soda Tax, Stakes Getting Bigger

Two years ago, Vermont’s House Committee on Health Care became the first legislative panel in the country to approve a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. The vote triggered a massive response from the beverage industry, which poured more than $600,000 into advertising and lobbying aimed at killing the measure.

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Lawmakers Angered By Continuing Problems At Health Exchange

Lawmakers Angered By Continuing Problems At Health Exchange

Here’s how one critic of Vermont Health Connect describes the experience of many of the customers who bought their insurance through it:  

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Obamacare Architect To Help Vermont Design Single-Payer

Obamacare Architect To Help Vermont Design Single-Payer

An economist who helped the Obama administration design the Affordable Care Act is coming to Vermont to help Gov. Peter Shumlin develop a proposal for single-payer health care. And his work will help decide which taxes Shumlin will propose using to raise the $2 billion needed to support the new system.

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New Report Applauds Vermont's Policies Guiding Pain Medication

New Report Applauds Vermont's Policies Guiding Pain Medication

Vermont gets an “A” for state policies that govern the way doctors prescribe pain medications. That’s according to new study conducted by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, with support from the American Cancer Society.

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State Seeking Tech Firm For Medicaid Overhaul

State Seeking Tech Firm For Medicaid Overhaul

Vermont is on the hunt for a technology firm to help with a massive overhaul of the state’s human services system. And state officials are hoping to deliver better living through computer science.

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Vermont Hospital Budgets Come In Below Targets

Vermont’s 14 hospitals have submitted budgets for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 that increase by just 2.6 percent over the current year’s budgets, the smallest annual increase for the Vermont health care delivery system in four decades.

Proposed spending for fiscal year 2015 came in at $2.229 billion, compared to the $2.172 billion approved by the Green Mountain Care Board for the current fiscal year. The 2.6 percent increase amounts to just under $57 million in new money.

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