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Recent News Stories

Bills to watch: Mental health, primary care and insurance mandate draw focus
January 02, 2018

VT Digger Bills to watch: Mental health, primary care and insurance mandate draw focusSeveral big health care questions are looming in this year’s legislative session, but lawmakers acknowledge they’re still working on answers.Major issues that health care committee leaders have identified include how to improve the state’s mental health services; whether to create a universal primary care system; and whether to require Vermonters to obtain health insurance.Read more...

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Vermont Lawmakers To Consider Public Funding For Universal Primary Care
December 13, 2017

VPR   Vermont Lawmakers To Consider Public Funding For Universal Primary Care A group of House and Senate lawmakers will try to lay the groundwork next year for a publicly funded system of universal primary care in Vermont. Three years ago, the push for single-payer health care in Vermont came to an abrupt halt, and not too many lawmakers have looked to resurrect the policy since its dramatic political demise. But Addison County Sen. Claire Ayer thinks Vermont can use the single-payer...

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Advocates hopeful of action on publicly funded health care next year
October 30, 2017

VT Digger   Health care advocates touted two pieces of legislation they see as a step toward universal publicly funded health care Saturday during a conference in Montpelier. The identical bills introduced in the Vermont House and Senate earlier this year would make primary care available to all Vermonters by 2019. Specifically, S.53 and H.248 identify their purpose as ensuring Vermonters are able to get primary health care “without facing financial barriers that would discourage ...

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Letters to the Editor

Universal primary care bill would be a major benefit
January 15, 2018

Addison IndependentIn your January 4, 2018 article about the new Accountable Care Organization (One Care) and the All Payer Model, both statewide initiatives that are also being implemented in Addison County, the goals of “better care, better access to care, and cost savings” are correctly articulated.But, will an Accountable Care Organization and a new way of paying providers other than fee for service really achieve these goals? Whatever else these new initiative accomplish, univer...

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Single payer is right direction
January 12, 2018

Rutland HeraldIn the weekend edition of the Herald ( Jan. 7), the article about the loss of the individual health insurance mandate, gave no mention of the fact that on the books right now is Act 48, signed in 2011, but to this day goes unfunded. It provides for a single-payer system, where everyone has access to equitably financed health care by virtue of residency of the state. It also provides for the Green Mountain Care Board of which former Senator Mullin serves as the chairman.Instead of f...

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'OneCare' approach not the right answer for health care
January 11, 2018

Addison IndependentBy G. Richard Dundas MDI happened to see your article regarding our Vermont Accountable Care Organization called OneCare (Addison Independent, Jan. 4). It painted a rosy picture of how OneCare will save us all: improve our care, keep us healthy, and reduce our costs mainly by changing how providers and hospitals are paid. My bet is that OneCare will fail us.First, the method of paying providers and hospitals is not the primary problem. The primary problem is that there are mul...

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Editorials and Op-Eds

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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Single Payer Myths
September 21, 2017

VTDiggerEditor’s note: This commentary is by Mary Gerisch, of Bennington, who is a retired civil rights attorney. She is an active leader and board member of Rights & Democracy and is also on the board of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice.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 something you didn’t...

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