Health Care In Vermont

Vermont Health Connect Development Slowed By Contractor Switch, Open Enrollment

Vermont Health Connect Development Slowed By Contractor Switch, Open Enrollment

In the lead up to the state’s firing of contractor CGI as the developer of Vermont Health Connect, officials contracted a separate company to analyze the project’s development.

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Report Compares Vermonters' Health Expenses With National Numbers

Report Compares Vermonters' Health Expenses With National Numbers

A new report has been released that compares how much Vermonters with employer sponsored health care spend on their medical care compared to the national average. The study contains some encouraging news for state health care officials and it highlights some challenges for the future.  

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New Drug Rules For Doctors Would Regulate Pain Treatment

Two years ago, lawmakers asked the Vermont Department of Health to come up with rules to prevent the abuse of narcotic painkillers. Now, health officials want to impose new regulations on doctors prescribing the drugs.

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Feds Warn Brattleboro Retreat Over Safety Issues

Feds Warn Brattleboro Retreat Over Safety Issues

For the second time in three years, the Brattleboro Retreat faces a potential loss in federal funding because of a failed inspection. Despite the warnings, the state’s commissioner of mental health says he’s still confident that the retreat can provide quality care.

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Analysis: Lawrence Miller Is Shumlin's Broom To Clean Up Health Exchange

Analysis: Lawrence Miller Is Shumlin's Broom To Clean Up Health Exchange

During the cold war, American intelligence experts would often try to divine what was going on in the Soviet Union by looking at photographs of Kremlin public events. If Ivan Somebody was in the picture two places from the Russian leader in March and again in May, but was gone in a similar photograph in July, that meant something. Most likely that Ivan was toast.

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Karen Hein To Depart Green Mountain Care Board

One of the inaugural members of the Green Mountain Care Board will step down after her three-year term expires this fall.

Dr. Karen Hein informed Gov. Peter Shumlin this week that she’ll depart the five-person board at the end of September. Hein was among the first people to serve on a quasi-judicial panel created by the Legislature in 2011 to oversee some of the most pivotal aspects of health care reform.

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State Parts Ways With CGI, Agrees Not To Sue Exchange Vendor

State Parts Ways With CGI, Agrees Not To Sue Exchange Vendor

Gov. Peter Shumlin in recent months has had some very harsh words for CGI, the multi-national technology firm hired in late 2012 to build an insurance marketplace known as Vermont Health Connect.

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State To Drop CGI, Vermont Health Connect Developer

Vermont is done with CGI, the vendor it hired to develop the troubled Vermont Health Connect, officials announced today. The contract for development will shift to a new vendor as part of "new management structure to ease frustrations for Vermonters affected by the change of circumstance issue," according to a press release from the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin.

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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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