Why does OneCare feel like a trick or scam?

VTDigger As we are all being told by OneCare about how wonderful value-based care is, why do I as a consumer/patient feel like it is just another trick or scam to keep us dependent on very expensive administrative oversight that is not needed? Medical providers need to have the independence to make their own decisions […]

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Ransom Condoned

Rutland Herald In the letter “Crisis? What crisis?” (Jan. 3) Lodiza LePore of Bennington wrote “The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation reportedly says there are around 30,000 Vermonters with medical debt in collections and tens of thousands more who are paying down medical bills that have not reached collections.” To have so many in debt […]

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Wouldn’t truly affordable benefits be nice?

VTDigger Wouldn’t it be nice if our Vermont health care committees, in both the House and Senate, would prioritize — along with child care benefits for everyone, not just those who belong to large businesses and corporations that can afford to give their employees benefits of all kinds — state-based universal health care for all […]

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What the health are you thinking?

VTDigger I briefly read the article on the legislative health committees’ plan of action. This is what I hear as a low-income, mentally disabled constituent of Vermont’s poor and vulnerable population. You’re going to start spending the opioid money from the poor and vulnerables’ overdose deaths on five crisis stations throughout the whole state, requiring […]

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Crisis? What crisis?

Rutland Herald To the Editor: The priorities of the legislative health committees in both the Vermont House and Vermont Senate were recently reviewed in the media. Apparently, neither committee’s plans involve dealing with the state’s crisis in health care, which I had thought would be a priority for committees tasked with health. Why would I […]

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OneCare isn’t working out

Mountain Times Dear Editor, In response to Mr. Emerson Lynn’s guest editorial “The Peril of OneCare’s failure,” which ran in the Nov. 30-Dec. 6 editon of the Mountain Times, OneCare’s failure would hardly impact Vermont’s health care because it has always been a failure to begin with. I commend Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) members […]

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UVM Medicare defrauds the public

Mountain Times Dear Editor, As you may have heard or read, The University of Vermont is now pushing a medicare “advantage” plan in partnership with MVP health care, a local non-profit we are told in direct competition with more affordable traditional medicare plans. Additionally and to their discredit, rather than promoting what civilized nations around […]

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Will Democrats also ignore VT health care crisis?

VTDigger Democratic Party head Jim Dandeneau is certainly correct that “Vermonters care about being able to support themselves and their families,” yet he strangely omits our state’s health care nightmare from his list of “Vermonters’ agenda” items. We suffer from a growing doctor shortage and lengthy waits for an appointment. The state’s own survey indicates […]

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Finally, the right OneCare question

VTDigger I heartily thank Green Mountain Care Board members Owen Foster and Thom Walsh for their pointed grilling of OneCare’s highly paid executives for one piece of evidence that OneCare has done any good for Vermonters. As Owen Foster, the care board’s new chair, said, “Vermonters, either through taxpayer-funded health care groups, out-of-pocket expenses, copays […]

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Patrick Flood’s health care commentary

VTDigger Hey, everything you say is true. The problem: we live in a capitalist, profit-driven economic system. That’s all. Unless you take capital out of the conversation, it cannot and never will change. Spending less money on health won’t make anyone more money — hard stop right there. As you correctly pointed out, playing at […]

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