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Health Exchange Still Confusing
Friday, 04/05/13
By Patti Daniels
A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation showed that most Americans are uninformed about the federal health care changes that are coming, and about how health care exchanges are going to work. That situation appears to bear out in Vermont, too.
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Problems Plague Vt. Effort To Computerize Health Records
Tuesday, 07/17/12
By John Dillon
The effort to get Vermonters health records computerized and on line has hit some technological roadblocks. Despite years of work and millions of dollars spent, officials say the systems are not fully compatible and the information they produce is not always accurate.
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House Advances Health Care Exchange Bill
Friday, 02/24/12
The Vermont House has given preliminary approval to a bill under which the state would take the next big step on a path to sweeping health insurance reform passed in broad outline last year.
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Applicants Line Up For New Health Care Board
Tuesday, 07/12/11
By Bob Kinzel
More than 100 people have applied to be members of the state's new Health Care Board. That's the group that will oversee health care in Vermont in the coming years.
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Health Care Bill Clears Final Hurdle; Question Now Is How To Pay For It
Thursday, 05/05/11
By Bob Kinzel
Legislation overhauling Vermont's health care system cleared its final hurdle today as the House approved the bill. But the new compromise plan doesn't answer a question that many people in the Statehouse have asked: How should a single payer system be paid for?
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Lawmakers Poised To Pass "Landmark" Health Bill
Tuesday, 05/03/11
By Bob Kinzel
Vermont legislators are poised to send a historic health care bill to the governor. On Tuesday, House and Senate negotiators resolved the last of their differences, and a final vote in the legislature should come by the end of the week.
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Senate Embraces Governor's Health Care Overhaul Plan
Tuesday, 04/26/11
By Bob Kinzel
The Vermont Senate has given its final approval to legislation that makes significant changes to the state's health care system. While the Senate bill is slightly different from the one passed by the House last month, lawmakers believe it will be easy to reconcile the two and send the plan to the Governor.
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Final Debate On Health Care Bill Gets Underway
Monday, 04/25/11
By Bob Kinzel
The Senate has started its debate of the big health care initiative advocated by Governor Peter Shumlin. With more than a dozen amendments to the bill, the discussion is expected to take at least two days.
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As Vermont Moves Toward Single Payer System, Some Worry
Thursday, 04/14/11
By Bob Kinzel
Although legislation to restructure Vermont's health care system doesn't commit the state to a single payer system, supporters say it does put the state on the path to such an approach. And that has some lawmakers concerned.
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In Key Vote, Senate Committee Approves Health Care Bill
Wednesday, 04/13/11
By Bob Kinzel
The key to winning the Senate Health and Welfare committee's unanimous approval was a provision that calls for a comprehensive study before the state considers adopting a single payer system.
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House Passes Universal Health Care Bill
Thursday, 03/24/11
By Bob Kinzel
After two full days of debate, the Vermont House has given its final approval to a health care bill that puts the state on the path to having a universal health care plan as early as 2014.
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GOP Leaders Want To Slow Down On Health Care Reform
Tuesday, 03/15/11
By Bob Kinzel
Republican leaders in the House say a health care reform bill is being rushed through without enough study or input from Vermonters. And they're concerned about the costs of a new Health Care Board.
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House Speaker Supports Health Care Provider Tax
Friday, 03/11/11
By Bob Kinzel
House Speaker Shap Smith says he supports Governor Shumlin's plan to raise $30 million dollars in new health care provider taxes to help balance next year's budget. Smith says that unlike many other states, Vermont dedicates the revenue exclusively to health care programs.
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State GOP Wants More Time To Consider Health Reform Plan
Friday, 02/25/11
By John Dillon
House Republicans want to slow down a single payer health care bill because they say Vermonters need time to carefully consider its potential consequences. But the Speaker of the House says the state needs to move quickly on the plan to address escalating costs.
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Shumlin Administration Outlines Roadmap To Health Care Reform
Tuesday, 02/08/11
By Bob Kinzel
The Shumlin Administration has unveiled a health care plan with a roadmap for how the state can implement a single payer system as early as 2014.
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Vermont Edition
Congressional Update From Peter Welch
Friday, 02/04/11
By Bob Kinzel
Representative Peter Welch discusses dairy pricing, the political climate in Washington and other issues. Plus, Senator Patrick Leahy talks about the explosive events in Egypt. And we listen back to the voices in the news this week.
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State Legislator Says Health Care Proposal Will Shift Costs To Private Policies
Monday, 01/31/11
By Bob Kinzel
Governor Peter Shumlin admits that his health care budget proposals will have a small impact on private policies, but he says his approach is needed because Vermont's health care system is broken.
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Legislative Leaders Consider Steps To Health Care Reform
Friday, 01/21/11
By Bob Kinzel
Legislative leaders say it's critical to take steps during the current session to move Vermont toward a single payer health care system.
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Legislature Weighing Health Report Recommendations
Friday, 01/21/11
By Bob Kinzel
After Dr. William Hsiao's recommendation for a single-payer system in Vermont, state legislators are still sizing up the merits of the plan.
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Shumlin Rejects New Tax As Way To Pay For Health Care Reform
Thursday, 01/20/11
By John Dillon
Governor Peter Shumlin says he will focus on cutting costs, and will not call for a tax this year to pay for a sweeping overhaul of Vermont's health care system.
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Bob Kinzel Weighs Reaction To Health Care Report
Thursday, 01/20/11
By Bob Kinzel
VPR's Bob Kinzel has found that the overall response to Dr. William Hsiao's health care system presentation has been mixed.
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Hsiao Calls Vermont's Health Care System "Broken"
Thursday, 01/20/11
By Jane Lindholm
According to Harvard professor of economics William Hsiao, financing, organization, delivery of care and regulations are not working together in Vermont's health care system.
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Legislative Reaction To The Hsiao Report
Friday, 01/21/11
By Bob Kinzel
Representative Mark Larson and Senator Claire Ayer weigh in on the recommendations made by Dr. William Hsiao on Wednesday. Senator Patrick Leahy discusses the need for political civility. And, we listen back to the voices in the news this week.
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Much Anticipated Health Report Recommends Single Payer System
Wednesday, 01/19/11
By Bob Kinzel
The report says a single payer health care system will save hundreds of millions of dollars that can be used to expand access to all Vermonters.
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Advocates Rally For Health Care
Wednesday, 01/05/11
By Lynne McCrea
Vermont lawmakers had barely taken their seats on the first day of the legislative session when more than 200 advocates for single-payer health care rallied at the Statehouse and met with legislative leaders.
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