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Recent News Stories

Universal primary care bill moves forward
March 02, 2018

VTDiggerBy Mike FaherLegislators on Friday took a small but significant step toward establishing universal, publicly financed primary health care in Vermont.The Senate Health and Welfare Committee unanimously approved S.53, which would set in motion several years of work toward creating a primary care system that would take effect in 2022.The bill does not mandate creation of such a system. Instead, it orders detailed planning and analysis, and lays out a long list of conditions — includin...

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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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Letters to the Editor

We need it now
March 01, 2018

Times ArgusWhen is a tax not really a tax? As state Sen. Claire Ayer was quoted as saying in an article covering the universal primary care hearing at the State House in January, “It is more like an investment.”Just as it is with taxes that are paid for education, fire, ambulance and police protection, we are investing in all our residents, health as a group, not as individuals; health care for all.Can a person’s worth ever be measured by how much money they pay in taxes? The a...

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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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Editorials and Op-Eds

What are the hospitals afraid of?
March 01, 2018

VTDiggerEditor’s note: This commentary is by Ellen Oxfeld, a member of the boards of the advocacy group Vermont Health Care for All. She lives in Middlebury.Over the last two weeks the Senate Health and Welfare Committee has been taking testimony on a bill that would make primary care a public good for all Vermonters, with no out-of-pocket costs. It is not expensive. Unlike hospital care, primary care comprises under 6 percent of total health care spending. But investing in primary care ac...

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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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