OneCare Vermont just isn’t cutting it

Valley News On Dec. 18, the Green Mountain Care Board, Vermont’s health care regulating body, approved a $1.43 billion OneCare budget, a 59% increase from the previous year. The latest budget increase reflects continued actions by public officials to turn the core functions of Vermont’s health care needs over to an expensive, experimental and for-profit […]

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Dec. 12 Universal Health Coverage Day

Times Argus Dec. 12 is Universal Health Coverage Day, a day for celebration in most of the developed world. In this country, the richest in the world, and in this state, not so much. At the federal level, government support for health care was first suggested a century ago and progress has been slow. Most […]

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One Care Vermont has failed

Brattleboro Reformer Editor of the Reformer, The folks who brought us One Care Vermont were well meaning. Unfortunately, their work product has failed to meet its lofty goals. It is neither cutting costs nor is it providing better health care outcomes. Its latest projection is for a budget of $1.36 billion. This budget puts survival […]

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It’s the administrative costs, stupid

Bennington Banner Why are American health care costs so high? Experts offer up an extensive menu of explanations, which other experts dispute. The answer is a lot simpler than they make it. To paraphrase James Carville, “It’s the administrative costs, stupid.” In 2011, the Commonwealth Fund reported that U.S. medical offices spent 20.6 hours a […]

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Health insurance system is broken

Brattleboro Reformer Editor of the Reformer, A few weeks ago the Census Bureau released its annual report on health insurance coverage in the U.S., showing that the number of uninsured has grown. Nearly 2 million people lost coverage between 2017 and 2018, a sign that our broken system is getting even worse. Last year there […]

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New healthcare plan is needed

Addison Independent I am writing to you regarding the Green Mountain Care Board decision to again approve a double digit increase for Blue Cross (12.4 percent) and MVP (10.1 percent) on Thursday. These increases in insurance rates make it impossible for families living on a fixed income to afford insurance. So it’s a choice between […]

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12 reasons we need sane health care for all

Bennington Banner Health industry lobbyists keep claiming to wonder why we need Medicare for All when, they insist, we have such a wonderful system already. Well, here are 12 reasons: — 9/11 first responders wouldn’t have to beg for health care. — People in horrible accidents wouldn’t have to resort to online begging. — People […]

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All Americans deserve decent health care

Bennington Banner To the Editor: Almost every week I see patients at the Bennington Free Clinic with heartbreaking stories about their health care. Last week it was a patient who has so many medical problems that she could keep an army of specialists very busy. She doesn’t qualify for Medicaid because her husband works and […]

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Do we need Blues, MVP? We do not.

St. Albans Messenger Do we need Blues, MVP? We do not. The editorial by Emerson Lynn “15.6% rate increase is insane (Messenger, May 15, 2019) raises an important question about Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBS) that we need to face both in Vermont and, for that matter, across the land. BCBS consumes a […]

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Paying Price for Lack of Health Insurance

Bennington Banner To the Editor: Recently we have been caring for a man with a history of coronary artery bypass grafting and Type 2 diabetes. About two years ago he lost his job and his health insurance and couldn’t afford to see his doctor. He soon ran out of insulin and went without it for […]

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