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Analysis: Rader Wallack's Departure Won't Derail Health Reform
Tuesday, 04/09/13
By Hamilton E. Davis
After two years of preparing to tackle health care reform, the Shumlin administration is losing its most important player, Anya Rader Wallack, the chair of Green Mountain Care Board. Her departure will change the effort, but won't derail it.
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Analysis: Shumlin's Effort To Control Health Care Costs
Monday, 03/11/13
By Jane Lindholm
VPR news analyst, Hamilton Davis, talks with Vermont Edition about what Governor Peter Shumlin has done so far to help control the cost of health care.
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Analysis: Shumlin Has Much Left To Do On Health Care Agenda
Monday, 03/04/13
By Hamilton E. Davis
Gov. Peter Shumlin has not getting solid legislation in place, yet, to implement his health care plan, the centerpiece of his political agenda.
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Vt. House Committee Kills Health Subsidy Legislation
Friday, 02/22/13
By Bob Kinzel
The House Health Care committee has voted to kill legislation that provides subsidies to help low and moderate income Vermonters purchase health insurance.
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Single Payer Foes Say Payroll, Income Taxes Considered In Financing Plan
Friday, 02/22/13
By John Dillon
Critics of Governor Peter Shumlin's plans for a single payer health system charge his administration studied how to pay for it, but then halted the work. The group Vermonters for Health Care Freedom alleges the administration looked at a financing plan based on new taxes but then stopped because of political concerns.
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State Board Sets 4 Percent Inflation Rate For Hospital Budgets
Friday, 02/08/13
By Hamilton E. Davis
The Green Mountain Care Board has set forth a tentative target inflation rate of 4 percent for Vermont's 14 hospitals for the coming fiscal year, a target that would add about $85 million to the current statewide spending level of $2.136 billion. The final system increase will depend on the board's decisions on the individual hospitals' requests.
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Businesses Complain About Fee For Health Exchange
Wednesday, 02/06/13
By Bob Kinzel
A number of Vermont business leaders say the Shumlin Administration is trying to punish thousands of small businesses when a new health care Exchange goes into place next January.
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Voices In The Week's News: January 25, 2013
Friday, 01/25/13
By Bob Kinzel
This week, volunteers marked Martin Luther King Day by doing community service, the state said detecting future leaks at Vermont Yankee may be compromised, committees looked into high gasoline prices, Legislators were introduced to the Health care Exchange software and Vermonters hit the ice for some pond hockey.
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Vt. Hospitals Take Big Health Care Overhaul Step
Friday, 01/18/13
Officials from Burlington's Fletcher Allen Health Care, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and other hospitals serving Vermont have joined to create the nation's first statewide accountable care organization. Friday's announcement means about 42,000 of Vermont's 118,000 Medicare beneficiaries will get their care from the new entity.
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Health Exchange Gets Conditional Federal Approval
Friday, 01/04/13
Vermont has won conditional federal approval for its plan to build a consumer-friendly health insurance marketplace, or exchange.
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State Employees With Kids Encouraged To Use Dr. Dynosaur
Thursday, 10/25/12
By Bob Kinzel
The Shumlin administration is encouraging state employees with children to consider dropping the kids from their health care plan, and enrolling them in Dr. Dynosaur. The administration says the change could save state employees a lot of money.
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Health Co-op Grand Opening
Tuesday, 10/23/12
Vermont's governor and congressional delegation will be among those on hand Tuesday for the grand opening of a new health co-op, in South Burlington.
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Newscast: Monday, October 22, 2012, 5:50 p.m.
Monday, 10/22/12
By Dave McGown
Newscast: Monday, October 22, 2012, 5:50 p.m.
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Exchange Could Drive Up Costs For Catamount Health Users
Monday, 10/22/12
By Bob Kinzel
Thousands of middle income Vermonters could see their health care costs spike when a new federal exchange goes into place in 2014. A group of advocates is urging the Legislature to create a special state subsidy program to make up the difference.
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How To Pay For Single Payer? The Answer Will Have To Wait
Wednesday, 10/10/12
By Bob Kinzel
A provision in Vermont's health care law called on the Shumlin Administration to identify several ways to finance a single payer health care system early next year. But the 2013 date was chosen when it seemed that the state might get a federal waiver to implement a single payer plan in the next few years.  Since that possibility now seems remote, officials say it doesn't make any sense to vote on a plan until at least 2015.
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Dental Care Won't Be Covered In Vt. Health Plan
Thursday, 10/04/12
By Bob Kinzel
The Green Mountain Care Board has voted not to include adult dental services as part of the basic benefit package that will be offered to Vermonters though the Health Care Exchange in 2014.
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Vermont Doctors Gather To Talk Health Care Reform
Friday, 09/21/12
Physicians from around Vermont will gather at a conference this weekend to discuss how they can help reform the state's health care system. The conference will be held Saturday at UVM.
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Brock Calls For An End To Newly Created Health Care Board
Wednesday, 09/19/12
By Bob Kinzel
Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock is calling for major changes to Vermont's regulatory system for health care. Brock wants to dissolve the newly created Green Mountain Care Board because he says its members are unelected officials who aren't accountable to anyone.
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Brock To Talk Health Care
Wednesday, 09/19/12
The Republican running for Vermont governor says there are 25 things the state can do to reduce costs and raise quality in health care.
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Fletcher, Dartmouth Hospitals Want To Jointly Manage Medicare
Friday, 09/14/12
By Hamilton E. Davis
Fletcher Allen Health Care of Burlington and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center of Lebanon, N.H., which have competed for decades to treat Vermont's sickest patients, last week sought federal approval to jointly manage Medicare patients in Vermont.
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Newscast: Friday, September 7, 2012, 5:50 p.m.
Friday, 09/07/12
By Dave McGown
Newscast: Friday, September 7, 2012, 5:50 p.m.
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Brock Details His Vision For Health Care
Friday, 09/07/12
By Bob Kinzel
GOP gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock has unveiled his plan to provide universal access to health care in Vermont. Brock says creating more competition in the private insurance market place is the best way to control health care expenses.
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State Board Reviews Hospital Budgets To Help Control Costs
Tuesday, 07/31/12
By Bob Kinzel
For the first time, the state's Green Mountain Care Board will decide how much hospital budgets should go up each year. The board has established a cap of 3.75 percent. But there are some circumstances that could result in larger increases.
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Shumlin Says Health Care Plan Will Reduce Business Costs
Monday, 07/16/12
By Bob Kinzel
Governor Peter Shumlin says he wants his plan to finance a single payer health care system to significantly reduce the amount of money that businesses pay for health insurance. And the Governor wants to implement his plan a year sooner than he's previously announced.
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Vermont Set To Increase Medicaid Eligibility With Federal Money
Wednesday, 07/11/12
By Bob Kinzel
The state of Vermont is set to receive several hundred million dollars in new Medicaid funds as part of the Affordable Care Act. Vermont's Medicaid program will benefit from the Affordable Care Act because the state's congressional delegation worked to increase Vermont's overall Medicaid funding rate.
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