Patrick Flood: By all the numbers, OneCare is failing

VTDigger Editor’s note: This commentary is by Patrick Flood, the former commissioner of the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living and former deputy secretary of the Agency of Human Services. He is now retired and lives in East Calais. It is clear that Vermont’s ill-advised plan to turn our […]

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OneCare Vermont Isn’t Too Big to Fail

Bennington Banner By Ellen Schwartz OneCare Vermont—the private, for-profit company tasked with carrying out the state’s health care payment reform effort—is running into trouble. Disability rights and public health advocates are raising alarms about OneCare’s low Medicaid quality scores and underwhelming primary care investments. The State Auditor’s Office reports that the company failed to reliably […]

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Bisbee: Take back our government

Time Argus It has been very interesting to hear all the political pundits and news anchors put their particular spin on the recent Democratic debates. However, as a long-time follower of these events, it seemed that many of the very pointed questions about health care reform were directed at Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren’s stands […]

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Health care affordability

VTDiggerBy Barb Wilson Editor’s note: This commentary is by Barb Wilson, of Shoreham, who ran for the Addison-Rutland 1 House Representative seat in 2018, the first time anyone ran as a Democrat in many years. She garnered 42% of the vote. At the March 18 Addison County Legislative Breakfast in Middlebury, I had the opportunity […]

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Vermont Health Care Headed in the Wrong Direction

VTDiggerBy Sue AranoffEditor’s note: This commentary is by Susan Aranoff, senior planner and policy analyst for the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council. The Council is a federally funded public board that supports the advocacy of people with developmental disabilities and their family members.One of the most promising features of Vermont’s health care reform effort has been […]

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The health insurance rabbit hole

VTDiggerBy Walter Carpenter Roughly a month ago, Rep. Brian Cina, P/D-Burlington, a member of the House Health Committee, introduced H.129 into his committee. H.129 is novel bill, the first of its kind in the nation, in that it would actually do something for Vermonters that the U.S. has so far lacked the moral and political […]

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Guest editorial: State Auditor answers criticism

Addison Independent The State Auditor’s Office serves Vermonters by ensuring that state government and entities that receive taxpayer funds are operating effectively and efficiently. As such, I would like to clear the air about some misinformation regarding my office and my intention to audit Vermont’s Accountable Care Organization (OneCare Vermont). Some have expressed concerns about […]

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Time for legislators to focus on access to health care

Bennington Banner By Ellen Oxfeld, Dr. Deb Richter, Ethan Parke and Marjorie Power Every election season legislative candidates campaign on the issue of health care access. Yet once in office, our representatives quickly learn to keep silent on this fundamental issue. Vermonters deserve better. According to a recent official report, 36 percent of Vermonters under […]

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Health board a puppet of insurance companies? That’s how it looks

VTDiggerJon Margolis is VTDigger’s political columnist. What are they afraid of? The “they” in this case are the bigwigs at Vermont’s two health insurance companies and at the Green Mountain Care Board, chaired by the heretofore reasonable (as a state senator) Kevin Mullin. Together they have conspired (or so it seems) to keep Mike Fisher […]

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Universal primary care would save money now spent at ERs

VTDigger Editor’s note: This commentary is by David Hills, who is the managing partner of Waypoint Management Services based in Middlebury. He is a 25-year veteran of health care consulting in over 50 institutions across the United States. Aren’t we all just tired of the health care dilemma, discussion, debate and failed attempts at political […]

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