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Recent News Stories
The CommonsBy Joyce Marcel Before Robert W. Backus M.D., who recently retired from family practice after nearly four decades at Grace Cottage Family Health in Townshend, rode off into the sunset, he had plenty to say about the state of the U.S. health-care system.Backus was revered by the residents of the West River Valley as one of the last of the old-time country doctors. His involvement in the lives of his patients and his community was the stuff of legends.Unfortunately, that era ...
Save Healthcare rally in Montpelier draws couple hundred supporters
February 25, 2017
NBC5Updated: 6:25 PM EST Feb 25, 2017 Abby Isaacs, WNBC 5 ReporterMONTPELIER, Vt. —A couple of hundred people turned out for a Save Healthcare rally in Montpelier Saturday as part of Sen. Bernie Sanders' National Day of Action.The point is to resist the national Republican proposals to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and work on a universal health care system in Vermont."I think it's probably fair to say that when it comes to healthcare, Vermont is Donald Trump's nightmare," st...
Universal Primary Care Bills Introduced!
February 10, 2017
We have great news in the fight for publicly financed health care for all Vermonters. Two new bills, S53 and H248, which propose creating publicly financed primary care for all, have been introduced with tri-partisan support! This is a way to move forward on the roadmap laid out in Act 48 to create health care as a public good in Vermont. Every Vermonter would be entitled to free primary care with no barriers. Accessible primary care has been shown in numerous studies to be the s...
Letters to the Editor
Primary Care Is Key to Health
March 24, 2017
Rutland HeraldImagine a health care system that allows you see a doctor when you feel sick without stressful billing considerations. Two universal primary care bills, Vermont Senate bill 53 and Vermont House bill 248, will do just that.Primary care is the foundation of any successful health care system and also one of the most cost-effective ways for a healthy society. Many minor medical conditions are treatable before they become major ones if found in time, including mental health and addictio...
Primary Care Essential
March 14, 2017
Times ArgusImagine a health care system that allows you see a doctor when you feel sick without stressful billing considerations. Two universal primary care bills, Vermont Senate bill S.53 and Vermont House bill H.248, will do just that.Primary care is the foundation of any successful health care system and also one of the most cost-effective ways for a healthy society. Many minor medical conditions are treatable before they become major ones if found in time, including mental health and addicti...
A Way Forward in Health Care Reform
March 11, 2017
Vermont StandardGuaranteed Primary Care for every Vermonter is up for further financial feasibility study in our Vermont Legislature.House bill #248 and Senate bill #53 ask the Joint Fiscal Office to develop options for considerations by the legislature next year. Primary care, which provides, medical, mental health and substance abuse first-line care, is the health care most of us use most of the time. It is the cheapest of all health care and in the long run, saves money. Many of today&r...
Editorials and Op-Eds
Health care still in danger
April 26, 2017
Rutland Herald Brenda PATOINEBack in January, as the Republican controlled U.S. Congress was threatening to gut Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act), Vermonters and Americans everywhere rallied en masse in protest. In Burlington, more than 1,000 people packed into a high school auditorium, crowding the aisles and holding signs to support the Save Our Healthcare movement that was sweeping the country. It was just one of hundreds of like events across the nation, spurred by Sen. Bernie Sanders&rsqu...
Time for Universal Primary Care For All Vermonters
March 27, 2017
Vermont Digger Regardless of what Congress plans to do with the Affordable Care Act, Vermont must develop its own solutions to protect those who may lose their health insurance or Medicaid coverage. Finding the right way to support our fellow citizens in a time of need is a Vermont tradition. Assuring that every Vermonter has access to primary care is a step in that direction. Now is the time to act. I am a family physician who has studied health policy for five years. Many of the health care ...
Make Primary Care Free For All
March 20, 2016
Vermont DiggerEditor’s note: This commentary is by Deborah Richter, M.D., a practicing physician who lives in Montpelier.For the past 25 years, Vermont has searched for ways to better manage health care costs. In all that time a solution – one that has worked everywhere it has been tried – has been overlooked: Make primary care free to all.Primary care is the care received from family doctors and pediatricians and, in Vermont, includes mental health care and substance abu...