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Recent News Stories

Q&A: Ex-health insurance exec Wendell Potter now fights for single-payer
June 23, 2019

VTDiggerBy Mark JohnsonWendell Potter has been fighting for structural health care reform after fighting against it — from the inside.In 2008, he left his position as the head of communications for Cigna. The whistleblower has exposed the abuses he saw and participated in while working in the health insurance industry for more than 20 years.In an interview with VTDigger, Potter discussed his advocacy work, his support for a Medicare-for-All system and his analysis of Vermont’s failed...

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Proponents renew push for universal primary care
February 05, 2019

VTDiggerBy Mike FaherAdvocates for a publicly financed, universal system of primary health care are trying again to advance the initiative after it stalled in the state Legislature last year.H.129, which was introduced last week, calls for a universal primary care system to be in place by 2023.Many questions remain, including how the state would pay for such a system. But Rep. Brian Cina, P/D-Burlington and the bill’s lead sponsor, said public financing is critical to ensuring universal ac...

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House introduces universal health care bill
February 01, 2019

 Times Argus     By Kate Barcellos     Forty-eight representatives from across the state introduced a bill on Thursday proposing universal, publicly-financed health care for all Vermonters beginning in 2023. “This particular bill was introduced in the last and previous biennium,” said sponsor Rep. Brian Cina, P-Burlington. “We’re picking the ball up where we left off ... my hope is that our committee will pass it again since our committee d...

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Letters to the Editor

Do we need Blues, MVP? We do not.
May 24, 2019

St. Albans MessengerDo we need Blues, MVP? We do not. The editorial by Emerson Lynn “15.6% rate increase is insane (Messenger, May 15, 2019) raises an important question about Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBS) that we need to face both in Vermont and, for that matter, across the land.BCBS consumes a vast amount of our resources. All of their CEOs bring down at least a six-figure salary and have excellent benefits with a vastly secure retirement. About a decade ago, for example, one ...

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Paying Price for Lack of Health Insurance
May 21, 2019

Bennington BannerTo the Editor:Recently we have been caring for a man with a history of coronary artery bypass grafting and Type 2 diabetes. About two years ago he lost his job and his health insurance and couldn't afford to see his doctor. He soon ran out of insulin and went without it for nearly a year. Slowly, his condition worsened, complications developed, and he was forced to go to the emergency room where his blood sugar was found to be over 600. He was referred to the Bennington Free Cli...

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Since when is saving $378 million too expensive?
May 20, 2019

Brattleboro ReformerPeter Shumlin got it wrong when he backed down from implementing a single-payer healthcare system in Vermont in 2014. Five years later, middle and lower income people all over Vermont are struggling even harder to meet the rising costs of health care.The recent state survey found that 3 percent of Vermonters under age 65 are uninsured while another 36 percent are underinsured (unable to afford the copayments and deductibles). More than 14,000 people here in Bennington County ...

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Editorials and Op-Eds

Health care affordability
April 01, 2019

VTDiggerBy Barb WilsonEditor'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 to ask Gov. Phil Scott how he was going to address the health care access crisis underway in Vermont. This question arose after I listened to the governor respond to a que...

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Vermont Health Care Headed in the Wrong Direction
March 24, 2019

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 the commitment by policy makers, providers and payers to look beyond traditional clinical care in order ...

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The health insurance rabbit hole
March 19, 2019

VTDiggerBy Walter CarpenterRoughly 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 courage to do for its citizens. H.129 would make access to primary care universal for all Vermonters.I had the importance of this demonstrated to me in a routine physical las...

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