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As Out-Of-Pocket Health Costs Rise, Insured Adults Are Seeking Less Primary Care

  NPR   By Elena Renken Efforts across the U.S. in recent years to encourage medical students, nurse practitioners and others to go into primary care, especially in underserved areas, are built on a consensus in research: Primary care is good for patients. “It’s the foundation of the health care system,” says Dr. Ishani Ganguli, Harvard assistant […]

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Is UVM Health Network consolidation raising health care prices?

VTDigger By Katie Jickling When Dr. Paul Reiss refers his patients for an MRI, the easiest option for the Williston doctor would be to send them to the University of Vermont Medical Center 15 minutes away. Instead, he’s referring them out of state. Cheaper prices are worth the drive, Reiss explained. He often sends his […]

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OneCare failed to track community health programs, auditor says

VTDigger By Katie Jickling The state’s accountable care organization produced no evidence of results from some of the community health programs it invested in, according to an analysis from the state auditor’s office. OneCare Vermont “did not reliably monitor or accurately report” the community-based initiatives it promised to fund, including providing fresh produce to patients, […]

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

VTDigger By Mark Johnson Wendell 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 […]

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Proponents renew push for universal primary care

VTDigger By Mike Faher Advocates 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 […]

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House introduces universal health care bill

 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 […]

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Statehouse preview: Affordability, psychiatric treatment top health care concerns

VTDigger By Mike Faher State 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; […]

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Health care industry injects big spending in Statehouse lobbying

Kit Norton and Felippe Rodrigues, VT Digger In 2015, lawmakers were in a fight with the health care industry over whether to disclose the price of various hospital procedures. Senators argued for strong transparency measures so patients would know how much they were paying. The industry argued that price transparency would be detrimental for local […]

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Uninsured rate drops, but health cost concerns persist

Mike Faher, VT Digger The number of Vermonters without health insurance continues to decline, but many residents still struggle with the high cost of health care. Those are two key takeaways from the 2018 Vermont Household Health Insurance Survey – the first such survey conducted by the state since 2014. click to continue

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OneCare’s $900 million budget spurs criticism

VTDigger With state regulators set to vote on OneCare Vermont’s $903 million budget in less than a week, critics are stepping forward to slam the performance and transparency of the Colchester-based accountable care organization.Detractors charge that OneCare – which is coordinating the state’s “all-payer” attempt at health care payment reform – is using public money […]

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