March 11, 2014
When Gov. Peter Shumlin launched his single payer health care initiative in 2011, the effort promised to be the policy equivalent of a moon mission, one of the most far-reaching and complex reform projects ever undertaken at the state level. It would be very hard, yet still doable. And critically important, given that the health care system both in Vermont and in the U.S. is simply not financially sustainable.
March 10, 2014
State officials say a newly disclosed security breach involving Vermont Health Connect has not jeopardized the personal data of consumers. But a critic of the new health insurance website isn’t convinced the incident was so benign. And this latest episode promises to spark yet another political dustup over the massive reform initiative.
March 07, 2014
The Shumlin Administration earlier this year promised to give lawmakers their first look at how Vermont might pay for single-payer health care. But the governor has once again opted to delay his financing timeline.
It’s been three years since Peter Shumlin vowed to deliver the nation’s first publicly financed health care system. But he has yet to show voters what taxes he’d use to raise the $2 billion or so needed to fund the program.
March 03, 2014
The Shumlin Administration has made some progress with the online payment system at the state’s new health care exchange.
The system now works for individuals who want to purchase coverage at Vermont Health Connect but problems remain for small businesses.
March 03, 2014
Vermont Health Connect, the state’s online health insurance exchange, opened last fall, but the site has not functioned as it should. Most notably, the online payment function hasn’t worked, so users have had to pay for insurance through the mail.
February 28, 2014
Legislative leaders say putting together a plan to finance a single payer health care system during the 2015 session is a very aggressive goal.
But they say it’s also a timeline that’s critical to meet if the state is going to implement a publicly financed system in 2017.
February 26, 2014
As the Shumlin Administration fine tunes its case to lawmakers for a publicly financed health care system, the governor is tapping a familiar name to help make the sale.
Former House Majority Leader Floyd Nease left the Statehouse in 2011. But he’s maintained relationships with many of the lawmakers he served with. And he’ll put them to good use as the latest addition to the team of administration officials spearheading the governor’s single-payer agenda.
February 26, 2014
Many towns and cities in Vermont are grappling with rising insurance rates and school costs, as Town Meeting day approaches.
But the Upper Valley town of Hartford is facing some unusual fiscal challenges this year.
Last year, Hartford voters approved almost $14 million in bonds for recreational projects and renovations to the municipal building. Now those bills are coming due, and that’s driving up the budget. And after last year’s vote, an unwanted surprise made balancing that budget even tougher. The cost of providing health care for the town’s 100 employees, plus retirees, skyrocketed, as Select Board Chair Chuck Wooster explained at a budget presentation for residents.
February 25, 2014
The stage is set for a historic vote next year on a public financing plan for single-payer health care. And the head of the Vermont Republican Party says that if Vermonters care about what happens in 2015, then they need to think long hard about how they vote in 2014.
February 24, 2014
Al Gobeille, the chair of the Green Mountain Care Board, says additional tax revenue will be needed in order to make a publicly-financed health care system affordable for all Vermonters.
And Gobeille says he won't shy away from the challenge.
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