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Recent News Stories

Health Care Advocates Duel Over Funding For Expansion Studies
April 12, 2016

Vermont Digger There’s a showdown in the Statehouse between two universal health care advocates who are seeking funding to move closer to single-payer health care in Vermont.Peter Sterling, the architect of Dr. Dynasaur 2.0, has persuaded the House to give his coalition $310,000 in state and federal money to study how to expand one of the state’s most successful Medicaid programs to everyone under age 27. The program currently covers low-income and lower-middle-income kids up to...

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New Report Says Universal Primary Care Could Work In Vermont
January 04, 2016

 Vermont Public RadioLawmakers and administration officials abandoned their push for a single-payer health care system over a year ago. Advocates of a publicly funded program haven’t given up on the concept, however, and a new report could re-ignite a debate over whether to socialize portions of the health care system in Vermont.Dr. Deb Richter is head of Vermont Health Care for All, and was among the leading proponents of single-payer health care in Vermont. When the proposal fell of...

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Session Preview 2016: Medicaid, all-payer reform, universal primary care to dominate health care agenda
January 03, 2016

VTDiggerThe No. 1 issues for lawmakers this year is how to pay for a growing gap between Medicaid spending and the state’s share of the cost.The Medicaid gap in the 2016 fiscal year is between $30 million and $40 million. (The number varies based on projections.) The state faces another gap of $50 million to $60 million in fiscal year 2017.....(continue to site for rest of story). ...

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Letters to the Editor

Paying for Lack of Single Payer
May 14, 2016

 Rutland HerladDawn Smith Pliner (“Health care nightmare, May 13) ought to be married to a Canadian. The health enrollment form is one page long — and it covers the entire family. An American acquaintance of mine, married to a Canadian, suffered a three-months-long, life-threatening crisis a month after they moved there and received excellent, affordable care, no further paperwork required.The inept processing Ms. Pliner is subject to is not a bug; it’s a feature. Vermonte...

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Opinion: Universal Care System Favored
May 05, 2016

 Addison IndependentThe letter “Vermont must address health insurance conundrum” (Addison Independent, April 11, 2016) was right on. This health insurance conundrum cannot be repeated enough. Our wages can never keep up with the never-ending rise of health care costs, no matter how high we raise the minimum wage. That “Of the roughly 630,000 people living in Vermont, almost 40 percent of them are on some form of public health care,” as the letter said, plainly shows ...

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Make Primary Care Free
April 08, 2016

 Times ArgusMake Primary Care FreeThe commentary “Make primary care free” (Times Argus, March 27) is on to something. Primary care is the core of our health care. The recent attempts at reform, like the Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), and the all-payer waiver, are revolving around the necessity of primary care.Hard experience taught me some years ago how absolutely essential it is to have access to a primary care physician. This is not only for routine maintenance, but to ...

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Editorials and Op-Eds

Make Primary Care Free For All
April 03, 2016

For the past 25 years, Vermont has searched for ways to better manage health care costs. In all that time a solution — one that has worked everywhere it has been tried — has been overlooked: Make primary care free to all.Primary care is the care received from family doctors and pediatricians and, in Vermont, includes mental health care and substance abuse treatment. Where it is freely accessible it improves the health of a population and the quality of health care while lowering over...

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Make Primary Care Free For All
March 20, 2016

 Vermont DiggerEditor’s note: This commentary is by Deborah Richter, M.D., a practicing physician who lives in Montpelier.For the past 25 years, Vermont has searched for ways to better manage health care costs. In all that time a solution – one that has worked everywhere it has been tried – has been overlooked: Make primary care free to all.Primary care is the care received from family doctors and pediatricians and, in Vermont, includes mental health care and substance abu...

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Opinion: Primary Care For All
February 02, 2016

Burlington Free Press A publicly financed universal health care system (single payer) removes health insurers as the “middleman,” reduces administrative complexity and paperwork costs, and by removing barriers to health care, gets us to the doctor earlier, when our conditions are less serious.Although Gov. Shumlin pressed the pause button on single payer in 2014, it is worth asking if we can still make progress toward the goal of health care as a public good originally enacted i...

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