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Health is not an industrial commodity

VTDigger I thank the VTDigger for the article on the Green Mountain Care Board: “10 years after it was created, has the Green Mountain Care Board worked?” To me, the answer is yes; it has worked and well. The proof here is the letter Mr. John Brumsted, CEO of the UVM Health Network, sent the […]

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State auditor report: All-payer system costs more than it’s saving

VTDigger By Kit Norton The administrative costs of running OneCare Vermont, the company that enacts statewide health care reforms, are greater than the Medicaid savings that are credited to its efforts, according to a report issued Monday by State Auditor Doug Hoffer. The 38-page document, which looks at the operating expenses associated with the state’s […]

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What happens if OneCare fails?

VTDigger By Katie Jickling OneCare Vermont has had a challenging fall. The group, which manages the state’s health care reform efforts, is nearly three years into a five-year effort to shift the way that medical care is funded. OneCare collects money from private insurance companies, Medicaid, and Medicare, and funnels it to hospitals in monthly per-patient […]

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Auditor Doug Hoffer says regulators should do more to control health care costs

  VTDigger By Katie Jickling State health care regulators are making decisions without taking into account whether Vermonters can afford the health care they need, according to Auditor Doug Hoffer. The Green Mountain Care Board has no “clear and direct consideration of Vermonters’ ability to pay for health care,” according to a memo released Tuesday by the State […]

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Vermont Workers’ Center calls on Governor Scott to end contract with OneCare Vermont

myChamplainValley.com BURLINGTON, Vt. – Three separate protests were held across Vermont on Friday, where members of the Vermont Workers’ Center and other advocates demanded that Governor Phil Scott cut the State’s contract with OneCare Vermont. OneCare manages Vermont’s all-payer model initiative, overseeing healthcare reform in the State and distributes money from Medicare, Medicaid and other […]

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Five nonprofits call on Vermont officials to leave OneCare

VTDigger By Katie Jickling A group of nonprofits are calling on Gov. Phil Scott to abandon Vermont’s all-payer system and the state’s partnership with OneCare Vermont. The state’s health care experiment has added extra bureaucracy and cost, resources that should be directed to increasing Vermonters’ access to health care, five organizations argued in a statement […]

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Independent doctors are dropping out of OneCare health-reform effort

  VTDigger By Katie Jickling All pediatrician Brad Friesen wants to do is care for kids. The business of keeping his primary care practice afloat makes it difficult. Profit margins are thin in the best of times at Pediatric Medicine, where he is a partner, and Friesen said Covid has left the South Burlington practice on […]

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Auditor takes regulators to task for high health care costs

  VTDigger By Katie Jickling Vermont’s health care costs continue to soar, and state regulators haven’t done enough to curb them, according to Auditor Doug Hoffer. The average Vermonter now pays more than $9,000 a year for health care. That expense that skyrocketed 167% between 2000 and 2018, according to a report released by Hoffer’s office Tuesday. Housing […]

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