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Recent News Stories

Senate Panel Hears Testimony From Vermont Doctor About Challenges of Providing Rural Health Care
September 26, 2018

Press Release: Senator Bernie SandersWASHINGTON, Sept. 26 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) heard testimony Tuesday afternoon from Dr. Deborah Richter of Cambridge, Vermont, during a Senate roundtable discussion focused on the costs and availability of health care in rural America.Sanders invited Richter, who works in primary care and addiction medicine in rural areas of Vermont, to testify before the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security. Richter told the senators...

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Consumer advocate barred from insurance rate hearing; state wonít say why
July 23, 2018

VTDiggerVermont’s health care oversight board blocked the designated consumer advocate on health care matters from weighing in on affordability during a hearing Monday on health insurance rates for the coming year, yielding to a request from the state’s largest insurers.Kevin Mullin, chair of the Green Mountain Care Board, confirmed Monday afternoon that the board upheld a motion from insurance companies to exclude a report and testimony by Mike Fisher, the state’s designated h...

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Universal primary care plateaus in committee
May 18, 2018

VTDiggerBy Mike FaherThe 2018 legislative session was a roller-coaster ride for advocates of universal primary care in Vermont.Supporters celebrated when the primary care bill, S.53, advanced with public financing mechanisms built in. And they rallied behind the bill when state legislators questioned the feasibility of taxpayer-funded health care.But the campaign ended on May 12, with S.53 stalled in the House Appropriations Committee as the Legislature adjourned. Rep. Kitty Toll, D-Danville and...

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Letters to the Editor

Time to guarantee health care for all
October 09, 2018

Bennington BannerTo the Editor:Soon after we opened the Bennington Free Clinic, a 45-year-old woman with severe low back pain came for evaluation. She could barely get onto the exam table because of her pain and needed to be assisted by me and our nurse. She told of how the pain had started about 6 months prior and had gotten progressively worse. She also revealed that she had noticed a lump in her breast about 2 years ago and thought that it had been growing. She worked full time but did not ha...

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Medicare for All Deserves Support
October 04, 2018

Bennington BannerFor-profit health care is destroying our nation. Small business proprietors are driven out of business trying to cover the ever rising (8-10 percent) cost of health care premiums. Medications are rising at over 10 percent. Larger companies have trouble giving deserved raises when the cost of care is rising so quickly.Today, the leading cause of bankruptcy is a major illness in the family. At the same time, we spend more per capita on health care than any other developed country....

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Another Health Insurance Rate Hike Ė Really?
July 27, 2018

Caledonian RecordTo the Editor:On Tuesday, July 24, I attended the MVP Rate Review Hearing with the Green Mountain Care Board in Montpelier. I must admit, it was my first hearing of this kind, and going in, I did not think I held any real expectations. It was to be mostly a first-person learning experience for me. Yet, after it was over, I found myself feeling a bit surprised, and fairly disappointed – indeed, like some expectation had not been met.At the outset, there was an interesting, ...

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Editorials and Op-Eds

Health board a puppet of insurance companies? Thatís how it looks
July 26, 2018

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 from testifying at a board hearing to consider the requests for rate increases by the insurance companies.Fisher is the head of the Vermon...

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Universal primary care would save money now spent at ERs
May 09, 2018

VTDiggerEditor’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 remedies in Vermont, let alone across our great nation? The health care issue is huge and important, yes; but much of the national discussion aro...

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What are the hospitals afraid of?
March 01, 2018

VTDiggerEditor’s note: This commentary is by Ellen Oxfeld, a member of the boards of the advocacy group Vermont Health Care for All. She lives in Middlebury.Over the last two weeks the Senate Health and Welfare Committee has been taking testimony on a bill that would make primary care a public good for all Vermonters, with no out-of-pocket costs. It is not expensive. Unlike hospital care, primary care comprises under 6 percent of total health care spending. But investing in primary care ac...

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