Who Pays for Medicaid?

Seven Days [Re “As Costs Rise, Vermont’s Largest Hospitals Demand More Money,” March 23, online]: In response to recent coverage about who pays for health care, I wanted to add another perspective I gained after working in the field of human resources. Prior to doing payroll and health care benefits administration, I had naïvely thought […]

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What is the relationship between UVM Health Network and MVP?

VTDigger Anya Rader Wallack denies that the “UVM Health Network has become an insurer.” It is, she says, merely in “a partnership with MVP … to provide a Medicare Advantage product to eligible people in our region that is informed by our doctors. We are part of MVP’s network of health care providers.” How does […]

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Medicare Advantage: How can the government allow this behavior?

VTDigger When you opt for Medicare Advantage instead of traditional Medicare, you place decisions about your health in the hands of an insurance company intent on making a profit. Three-quarters of the Medicare Advantage business is currently in the hands of six huge insurers: Humana, CVS, Anthem, Kaiser Permanente, Centene, and Cigna. Because of the […]

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Health care GPS is steering us backward

VTDigger I again thank Bill Schubart for another of his incisive commentaries about our health care mess (“Health care is a self-driving truck with no GPS). Yet, this self-driving truck definitely has a GPS. It is guiding us backward instead of forward, while trying to make it look like we’re moving ahead. It seems to […]

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Don’t fall for Joe Namath’s ads

Bennington Banner You probably have seen Joe Namath on television hawking Medicare Advantage plans. Don’t be fooled! Joe was a decent quarterback, but a health insurance expert, he is not. Right now, there are two versions of Medicare: Original (federal) and Advantage (commercial). In addition, there is a new program called REACH which can switch […]

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Medicare Advantage is a misnomer

VTDigger Medicare Advantage is a misnomer You probably have seen Joe Namath on television hawking Medicare Advantage plans. Don’t be fooled! Joe was a decent quarterback, but a health insurance expert, he is not. Right now, there are two versions of Medicare: Original (federal) and Advantage (commercial). In addition, there is a new program called […]

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Sympathy for the Overpaid

Caledonian Record To the Editor: The Green Mountain Care Board publishes an annual list of Vermont hospital employees whose annual compensation tops $500,000. The list for Fiscal Year 2020 shows a total of 59 hospital execs making more than half a million dollars a year. Fifty-nine. Eleven of them work at Rutland hospital. Thirteen work […]

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We must try to fight inequitable healthcare system

Addison Independent To the Editor: Thank you for the March 24 editorial and Christopher Ross’s article about ever-rising healthcare costs. Advocates of publicly-funded universal healthcare have not lost interest, as Angelo Lynn suggests. They will never stop working to establish healthcare as a human right, as it is in every other prosperous modern democracy, where […]

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Patients Before CEOs

Seven Days To the Editor: [Re “Projecting Millions in Losses, Vermont’s Largest Hospitals Ask for Rate Increases,” March 18, online]: So what else is new? Health care costs keep rising. Primary care doctors and nurses are in short supply, overworked and underpaid. There is nowhere for new recruits to live. We must rely on travel […]

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Please give us single-payer!

VTDigger I have five different insurances for my family of three. They’re all aggravating, but Vermont Health Connect is the worst. After applying for my wife last July and being denied subsidies under an arcane rule whereby we were assessed as individuals rather than family, I reapplied last November, as our situation had changed due […]

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