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 […]
This is an updated list of reasons why the state of Vermont should not renew its contract with the OneCare ACO. It supplements the press release of September 2020 from five Vermont nonprofits which asked Vermont to end its affiliation with OneCare.
CCTV Town Meeting TV Dr. Deb Richter speaks on behalf of five nonprofit organizations that issued a joint statement demanding that the Scott administration end the State’s affiliation with OneCare Vermont, the accountable care organization (ACO) that now handles much of the money used to pay for Vermonters’ health care. The State has an agreement […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 28, 2020 Justice for All, VT: Mark Hughes; 802-532-3030; firstname.lastname@example.org League of Women Voters of Vermont: Catherine Rader; 802-229-4737; email@example.com Physicians for a National Health Program, Vermont Chapter: Betty Keller, MD; 802-748-1966; firstname.lastname@example.org Vermont Health Care for All: Deb Richter, MD; 802-595-2820; email@example.com Vermont Workers’ Center: Avery Book; 802-861-4892; firstname.lastname@example.org Ellen […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]