“Privatizing” Medicare?

Caledonian Record To the Editor: Medicare’s goal is to have all traditional Medicare recipients in managed care arrangements by 2030 [https://innovation.cms.gov/strategic-direction-whitepaper; see p. 13]. That’s bureaucratic speak for privatizing Medicare by putting a commercial business—a middleman—between you and your doctor. The many millions of people on traditional Medicare will be shifted against their will to […]

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Health Care Fail

Rutland Herald We all have a lot to worry about nowadays: war in Ukraine, gun safety, inflation, civil rights, COVID-19 and much more. We should add our health care system to the list. We Americans pay twice as much as any other country for our health care and still our hodgepodge chaotic system fails to […]

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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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