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Recent News Stories

Hospital revenue could be tapped for universal primary care
February 06, 2018

VTDiggerWhen Vermont hospitals generate unexpected revenue, the state should take at least half of that money to support a universal primary care initiative, a key senator said on Tuesday.Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison, chairwoman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, introduced the idea of a hospital “reinvestment contribution” as one possible funding mechanism for a proposed system of publicly financed primary care.Ayer acknowledged that larger — and still unidentified &md...

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Vermont Senate, House committees hear health care concerns
January 24, 2018

NBC5 News MONTPELIER, Vt. — More than 100 people attended Tuesday night's public hearing on health care at the statehouse. High school teacher Tev Kelman was among those who testified before the House Health Care and Senate Health and Welfare committees. "It's crucial for everybody to have access to whatever health care they need, regardless of income," Kelman said. "We're asking for schools and teachers in them to do more with less, because health care costs are gobb...

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Advocates press for universal primary care
January 24, 2018

 VT Digger If state legislators needed a cheering section for enacting universal primary health care, they got one Tuesday night.During a public hearing jointly hosted by the House Health Care and Senate Health and Welfare committees, more than 50 people expressed support for a publicly funded health plan that would provide primary care for all.The financing and administrative details of such a plan have yet to be worked out. But lawmakers said the stories they heard during two and a h...

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Letters to the Editor

Pushing the Envelope
February 18, 2018

The Valley ReporterTo The Editor:I just read your editorial in this week’s Valley Reporter about the "draconian cuts" in health care subsidies proposed by Governor Scott and his administration. The proposal is why so many of us are now saying that Universal Primary Care is more important than ever! Health insurers and hospital providers are making out like bandits, particularly the CEOs with million-dollar salaries while primary care providers are the lowest paid doctors in the s...

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ACO and All Payer Not About Access
February 10, 2018

St. Albans MessengerThe St. Alban’s Messenger February 7th editorial asks why Vermont needs the proposed new universal primary care system envisioned in senate bill S53. This bill would make primary care a public good for all Vermonters, with no out of pocket costs. It is not expensive. Unlike tertiary care, primary care comprises under 6% of total health care spending. But, investing in primary care actually saves lives and money. Currently, many people delay going to the doctor until the...

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Letís Get Serious About Health Care
February 05, 2018

Bennington Banner“Is universal health care feasible?” That’s a popular theoretical debate in our country and state. Opponents trot out well worn fears, from economic catastrophe to complete destruction of individual responsibility. They relay anecdotes about unmet needs, painting pictures of dead bodies piling up like trash after an outdoor concert.Which is a testament to….something. Because the question is not whether universal health care is feasible. That was answered...

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Editorials and Op-Eds

Universal primary care: Its time has come
February 05, 2018

Bennington BannerBy Deborah RichterWay back in 1990, I treated a patient in the inner city of Buffalo. He was an electrician in his mid-thirties who had waited until complications from his diabetes rendered him blind and in end stage kidney failure. He waited because he had no insurance. At the point I first saw him, he was unable to work and was finally eligible for Medicaid. Unfortunately, the diabetes had taken its toll on his health and he was never able to return to work. He died several ye...

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The blind spots in health care reform
January 15, 2018

VTDigger Editor’s note: This commentary is by Allan Ramsay, MD, who has been a family physician in Vermont for 38 years. He is currently medical director of the People’s Health and Wellness Clinic in Barre. Dr. Ramsay was a member of the Green Mountain Care Board from 2011-2016. As the 2018 Vermont legislative session begins, there is significant concern about health care policies proposed by the federal government. These concerns should not cause Vermont’s legislators and ...

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Vermont never gave single-payer a chance
September 26, 2017

Burlington Free Press By Mary Gerisch Two years ago, Bernie Sanders introduced a "Medicare for All" bill that would move the U.S. toward a single-payer healthcare system. He didn't get a single co-sponsor.Wednesday, the Vermont independent will introduce his latest version of the bill. Let’s clear up a few myths about Vermont’s efforts to enact universal so-called single-payer health care. Myth 1: Single-payer health care failed in Vermont. You can’t fail at som...

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