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Recent News Stories

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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Statehouse preview: Affordability, psychiatric treatment top health care concerns
January 09, 2019

VTDiggerBy Mike FaherState lawmakers likely will consider a wide variety of health care issues in the 2019 session, but the underlying themes of affordability and access are not new.A sampling of health care interest groups surveyed prior to Wednesday’s session kickoff showed that improving mental health care; preserving Affordable Care Act protections; bolstering insurance coverage; and decreasing prescription costs are among the top priorities for this year. Continue to at site.......

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Letters to the Editor

Support universal primary health care
February 22, 2019

Times ArgusFive years after most of the provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) came into effect, the health care law is still a political hot button issue that has been embroiled in legal challenges since President Obama signed it into law in 2010. Republicans have tried multiple times – unsuccessfully – to repeal the law. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the ACA in two previous challenges, and it now appears to be headed for a third review, with Vermont ...

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Medicare for All Deserves Support
January 13, 2019

Bennington BannerTo the Editor:Over half of Americans delay or don't get health care because they can't afford it. That's because we are the only wealthy nation which does not have universal health care. Thirty million of us are uninsured and many more are underinsured. Even though insured, high deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments keep Americans from accessing care. The cost of care is prohibitive for many of us, and it is nearly twice that of other industrialized nations. The outcomes of p...

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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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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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