Vermont Information

Posted on Tuesday, June 7, 2011

By NANCY FOLBRE | The New York Times Economix blog
Now Vermont has passed legislation moving the state toward a Canadian-style universal, single-payer health-insurance system, to be phased in alongside national health-care changes. The plan relies heavily on the prospect of waivers that will allow it to reallocate some federal Medicaid funds and on other sources of money that have not yet fully specified.

Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011

Editorial | Rutland (Vt.) Herald
This is the triumphal phase of the first term of Gov. Peter Shumlin. Last week his office released a schedule describing the long list of signing ceremonies he will hold throughout the state. Shumlin did not do it alone. Strong Democratic majorities in the House and Senate pushed through an impressive array of legislation on matters great and small. It is a sign of what can happen when voters set a clear direction and elect leaders eager to follow through. The Democratic successes this year also mean that the Democrats will be accountable for the success or failure of their ambitious program.

Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2011

By David Goodman | Mother Jones
As Gov. Peter Shumlin took his spot on the granite steps of the Vermont State House, a row of people fanned out behind him wearing bright red t-shirts proclaiming, “Health care is a human right.” The slogan sounded noble, and wildly unrealistic. Until the governor spoke.

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2011

By Ellen Oxfeld | Burlington (Vt.) Free Press
Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the new health care bill into law Thursday. Many people may wonder how we came to this point. Why is it that Vermont is the first state to pass legislation that acknowledges that health care is a public good, and that the best route toward universal access and cost control is to create a health care system that is publicly funded? There are still many more steps to go be fore we reach this goal.

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2011

By Thatcher Moats | Rutland (Vt.) Herald
MONTPELIER — Amid a boisterous crowd of health care activists, lawmakers, lobbyists and administration officials, Gov. Peter Shumlin on Thursday signed into law the health care reform bill the Legislature passed earlier this month.

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2011

By Zach Howard | Reuters
Vermont became the first state to lay the groundwork for single-payer health care on Thursday when its governor signed an ambitious bill aimed at establishing universal insurance coverage for all residents.

Posted on Friday, May 27, 2011

By Jane Norman, CQ HealthBeat Associate Editor | The Commonwealth Fund
Last Thursday was a day of celebration for advocates of single-payer health care when Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law a measure that's intended to pave the way for government-run health care in the Green Mountain State.

Posted on Friday, May 27, 2011

Health blog | Consumer Reports
Vermont made history today when Governor Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, signed into law a plan to create the nation’s first state-run “single-payer” health system. If fully implemented, every Vermont resident, including those on Medicare and Medicaid, would be entitled to enroll in the state’s own insurance plan, Green Mountain Care. Private insurers would still be allowed to operate in the state.

Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2011

Democracy Now!
Today Vermont is set to make history by becoming the first state in the nation to offer universal, single-payer healthcare when Gov. Peter Shumlin signs its healthcare reform bill into law. The Vermont plan, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, will attempt to stem rising medical care prices and provide universal coverage. We speak with Dr. Deb Richter, president of Vermont Health Care for All. She moved from Buffalo, New York, to Vermont in 1999 to advocate for a universal, single-payer healthcare system in the state. Gov. Shumlin calls her the “backbone” of the grassroots effort that helped persuade the Democratic-led state legislature to pass the bill this spring.

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2011

As governor signs a 'universal health care' bill, a national physicians group says the Vermont developments show that many Americans want to go beyond the new federal health law to more fundamental reform

Posted on Monday, May 23, 2011

By NPR Staff, All Things Considered
Vermont is about to accomplish something the federal government couldn't. Once Gov. Peter Shumlin signs a bill on May 26, the state will be on track to having a single-payer health care system.

Posted on Monday, May 23, 2011

By Ezra Klein | The Washington Post
Kevin Outterson is an associate professor of health law, bioethics and human rights at Boston University, as well as a blogger at the Incidental Economist. He’s also been following the Vermont health-care reform process in some detail, and is one of fairly few people who has actually read the 141-page single-payer bill that the governor is poised to sign. Earlier this afternoon, he walked me through what he’s learned.

Posted on Monday, May 23, 2011

By ABBY GOODNOUGH | The New York Times
Many people move to Vermont in search of a slower pace; Dr. Deb Richter came in 1999 to work obsessively toward a far-fetched goal.

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011

By Doug Trapp | Amednews
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has pledged to sign a bill that paves the way for the state to launch a health system approaching a single-payer model later in the decade and to create a state health insurance exchange within the next several years.

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2011

By Jeanne Lenzer | BMJ
Vermont is set to become the first US state to launch a single payer healthcare plan after a bill passed both houses of the state’s legislature.

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2011

By Roger Collier | Healthcare Finance News
In just a few days, Vermont’s Governor Peter Shumlin will sign into law what the media is calling “single payer health care reform.” But is it?

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2011

By Nancy Remsen | Burlington Free Press
The headline “Green Mountain Dreams” over a David Weigel piece in the online news magazine Slate last week captured how many people view the health reform legislation that Gov. Peter Shumlin will sign into law May 26.

Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011

By The Associated Press
The Census Bureau reported that, in 2007, Vermont ranked sixth in the country in physicians per capita, with 374 per 100,000, versus a national average of 271 per 100,000. And about 90 percent of Vermonters have some form of health insurance already. But some of those with insurance say it falls far short of what they need.

Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

By Emily P. Walker | MedPage Today
The Vermont legislature has passed a bill to create a publicly funded health care system that aims to provide coverage to every Vermont resident by 2017.

Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

By Wendell Potter | Tucson Sentinel
While several states are suing the federal government to block health care reform and dragging their feet on implementing any part of it, Vermont this week will be taking a giant leap in the other direction—toward universal coverage and greater cost control—when Gov. Peter Shumlin signs legislation putting the state on the path toward a single-payer health care system.

Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

By Ethan Parke | Vtdigger.org
One icy and treacherous day in February 1988, I slithered my way to Montpelier from my farm in the Northeast Kingdom to testify at a hearing about universal health care. The previous year the Legislature had set up a health care board that was charged with coming up with a plan to provide health care to all 62,000 uninsured Vermonters.

Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

By Hamilton Davis | Vtdigger.org
For the second time in 15 years, the state of Vermont is making a concerted effort to rebuild its health care system. The odds were long for the mid-1990s campaign, which failed, and they are equally long now. That is not to say that the drive toward reform initiated by Gov. Peter Shumlin is doomed, only that it is a very long shot.

Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

By Carl Etnier | Vtdigger.org
Green Mountain Care is set to become law now that the House and Senate have passed the final version of the health care reform bill, which was hammered out in conference committee earlier this week. The House approved the bill Thursday on a 94-49 vote.

Posted on Monday, May 9, 2011

By Chelsea Conaboy | The Boston Globe
As soon as 2017, Vermont could become the first state to provide and pay for insurance for most of its residents under a plan passed by the Legislature Thursday. But it must first clear several significant hurdles, including persuading the federal government to allow the state to assume responsibility for Medicare and Medicaid enrollees and finding a way to pay for the program.

Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011

By Robert Lowes | Medscape Today
In a 94 to 49 vote today, the state House in Vermont sealed the deal on a bill to eventually create a publicly financed universal healthcare system that some supporters dub "single payer."

Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011

By Dave Gram | Forbes
Vermont Senate negotiators dropped an amendment to bar illegal immigrants from coverage under a new state health care program, delivering a victory Monday evening to human rights activists who had rallied repeatedly at the Statehouse to demand the change.

Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011

By Dave Gram | Greenfield (Ind.) Reporter
Even now, Dr. Deb Richter is haunted by images of some of the patients she saw at inner-city clinics where she worked in Buffalo, N.Y., during the 1980s.

Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011

Dr. Francis Pasley | Letters | Burlington Free Press
I am a medical doctor, semi-retired living in Vermont and having a limited practice. Prior to moving to Vermont two and a half years ago I practiced full time, dividing my practice between the Detroit area in Michigan and Windsor, Ontario, an hour drive from Detroit. Thus I have a substantial personal knowledge of medical practice in the USA and Canada.

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011

The Diane Rehm Show | NPR
On April 27, Dr. Robert Zarr, national board member and co-chair of the D.C. chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, appeared on NPR's "The Diane Rehm Show" with Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, NPR's Julie Rovner, and the Cato Institute's Michael Cannon

Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2011

Yes! Magazine
A question and answer session with Dr. Ida Hellander helps demystify Vermont's new health care bill.

Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

By Robert Lowes | Medscape
Vermont is closer to becoming the first state in the country with something akin to a single-payer healthcare system after today's 21 to 9 vote by the state Senate to approve the plan.

Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011

By Kip Sullivan, J.D.
The letter addresses questions such as the fee-for-service method of paying doctors; the overuse or underuse of health care; the impact of managed care programs (including HMOs) on quality of care; “pay for performance” proposals; the role of prevention, disease management, electronic medical records, and quality improvement measures; and the likely role of “accountable care organizations” (ACOs). Sullivan's letter contains extensive data and documentation and is therefore a valuable resource for anyone who is more broadly interested in these matters, not only as they apply to Vermont.

Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011
Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2011

By Sue Deppe | Burlington (Vt.) Free Press
Vermont’s health reform bill, H.202, outlines a path toward a streamlined, publicly financed, single-payer health care system. There are huge profits at stake for insurance, managed care, and drug firms and their business allies.

Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011

By Daniel Staples | Times-Argus (Barre-Montpelier, Vt.)
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Gov. Peter Shumlin spoke before health profession students who gathered Saturday at the Statehouse in support of single-payer health care.

Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011

By MARVIN MALEK | Barre-Montpelier (Vt.) Times Argus
I was astonished when I read the rationale given by IBM’s John O’Kane in opposing the inclusion of IBM and other self-insured companies into the single-payer system the Legislature is attempting to craft.

Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011

By Rachel Zimmerman | Commonhealth blog, WBUR.org
Medical students from Vermont and neighboring states are heading to Montpelier this weekend to rally in support of a publicly-funded, single payer health system for the Green Mountain state.

Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011

By Anne Galloway | Vtdigger.com
You can call it Frank. You can call it Fred. But don’t call it a single-payer health care system. That was the message Rep. Mark Larson, D-Burlington, delivered to lawmakers in the House Appropriations Committee last week and during the House floor debate on Vermont’s latest effort to reform its health care system. The euphemism single-payer was struck from the bill in an amendment to make the legislation more palatable to Republicans, sources say. The bill passed 89-47 after eight hours of debate, speeches, amendments and roll call votes. The legislation now goes to the state Senate.