Universal Health Care Bill Introduced in House!

We have great news in the fight for publicly financed health care for all Vermonters! A new bill, H.276, has been introduced into the House with 44 co-sponsors.   This bill phases in a universal health care system.  It starts with Universal Primary Care, including outpatient mental health and substance use disorder treatment.  It then […]

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Nonprofits Ask State To End OneCare Affiliation; Urge Resources Be Shifted to Basic Health Care Needs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 28, 2020 Justice for All, VT: Mark Hughes; 802-532-3030; mark@justiceforallvt.org League of Women Voters of Vermont: Catherine Rader; 802-229-4737; catherine.rader@myfairpoint.net Physicians for a National Health Program, Vermont Chapter: Betty Keller, MD; 802-748-1966; bjkellermd@gmail.com Vermont Health Care for All: Deb Richter, MD; 802-595-2820; drdebvt@sover.net Vermont Workers’ Center: Avery Book; 802-861-4892; avery@workerscenter.org Ellen […]

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UNIVERSAL PRIMARY CARE—Saves Money, Saves Lives

What is primary care? “Primary care,” as defined in the Universal Primary Care study, means health services provided by health care professionals who are specifically trained for and skilled in first-contact and continuing care for individuals with signs, symptoms, or health concerns not limited by problem origin, organ system, or diagnosis, and includes pediatrics, internal […]

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Primary Care for All: Frequently Asked Questions

Why is primary care a good place to start in making health care a public good (the goal of Act 48)? Primary care is most of the care that most people receive, most of the time Primary care is inexpensive, averaging $44/person/month Primary care, when accessible to a population, is the only sector of care […]

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Talking Points for Universal Primary Care Bills

1. Universal publicly financed primary care would reduce the need for expensive hospitalizations and emergency room visits by preventing disease and treating conditions earlier. 2. It would lower health care premiums for all! (Vermont law does not allow premium rates to reflect services private insurers do not pay for). 3. Primary care could be financed […]

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