Vermont Information

Posted on Monday, March 21, 2011

By Nancy Remsen | Burlington Free Press
Tuesday the Vermont House of Representatives begins debate on health-care reform — one of the most important bills of the session for Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Democratic majorities in the Legislature.

Posted on Monday, March 21, 2011

Editorial | Bennington (Vt.) Banner
Part of the blame for the demise of Bennington Iron Works, which announced this week it will close by May after 43 years, was that it faced "relentless" competition from Canadian firms in the manufacture of steel products for construction and other uses.

Posted on Monday, March 21, 2011

By Lauren Else | In These Times
Three weeks after the House of Representatives voted to repeal last year’s landmark healthcare reform legislation, and one week after a federal judge ruled the bill’s insurance mandate unconstitutional, Vermont’s leaders decided to take matters into their own hands.

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2011

William C. Hsiao, Ph.D. | NEJM
The United States faces two major problems in the health care arena: the swelling ranks of the uninsured and soaring costs. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) makes great strides in addressing the former problem but offers only modest pilot efforts to address the latter. Experience in countries such as Taiwan and Canada shows that single-payer health care systems can achieve universal coverage and control inflation of health care costs.

Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

By Anne Galloway | VtDigger.com
What happened to Sabra Ewing, could have happened, as she put it, to anyone. She had a high deductible ($20,000) health insurance plan for her family. For years, doctors had told Ewing she was healthy, and she stopped going in for annual checkups to avoid the expense. Then one day she found a dark spot on the side of her heel. It took her three weeks to get an appointment with a dermatologist. By the time Ewing was diagnosed, she had stage three melanoma.

Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

By NEAL P. GOSWAMI | Bennington Banner
Dozens of Vermonters offered thoughts on health care reform in Vermont to members of the House and Senate Health Care Committees during a statewide interactive hearing Monday.

Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

By Carl Berdahl | Atrium Magazine
In the wake of ineffective national health reform, Vermont is poised to try again: Legislators are considering guaranteeing—rather than mandating—health insurance for all Vermonters through a single-payer system.

Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

By Anthony Brooks | WBUR Boston Radio
As many states, and Republicans in Congress, are looking for ways to roll back President Obama’s signature health care law, Vermont is moving in a different direction.

Posted on Thursday, March 10, 2011

The following text contains the March 10 testimonies of professor Ellen Oxfeld of Vermont Health Care for All and Dr. Peggy Carey, interim chair of the Vermont chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, before the Vermont House Committee on Health Care, regarding H.202, “An Act Relating to a Single-Payer and Unified Health System.”

Posted on Monday, March 7, 2011

By Nancy Remsen | Burlington (Vt.) Free Press
By the end of this week, the House HealthCare Committee will vote on a bill that authorizes the building blocks for a future single-payer health care system.

Posted on Monday, March 7, 2011

By Nancy Remsen | Burlington (Vt.) Free Press
For Dr. Robert Penney, a primary care physician who has practiced in Vermont for 25 years, there isn't any question about the need to reform health care.

Posted on Friday, March 4, 2011

Adam Sullivan | WCAX News
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's Frank McDougall knows a lot of people who impact the health care industry in New Hampshire and Vermont, and all the way to the White House.

Posted on Monday, February 28, 2011

By Mel Huff | VtDigger.com
Vermonters should be prepared for a campaign by health insurance companies to undermine public support for single-payer health care, an industry whistleblower declared at a Statehouse hearing Thursday.

Posted on Friday, February 25, 2011

By John Flowers | Addison County (Vt.) Independent
Gov. Peter Shumlin told Porter Medical Center officials on Tuesday to be patient in weathering what he believes will be a short-term financial storm en route to a new, single-payer health care system he said will bring long-term success and financial sustainability to the industry.

Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2011

Leonard Rodberg, PhD

Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

By Peter Hirschfeld | Times Argus (Barre-Montpelier, Vt.)
Three weeks after unveiling a draft version of his single-payer health care proposal, Harvard economist William Hsiao returned to the Legislature Friday to submit a final copy that reaches exactly the same conclusion.

Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

By Anne Galloway | Vtdigger.com
Harvard economist William Hsiao told lawmakers a month ago that if they adopted a single payer style health care plan, Vermonters could save $500 million in the first year of implementation.

Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

By Nancy Remsen | The Burlington Free Press
The consultants who urged Vermont to move to a single-payer health-care system received 170 comments — complimenting, questioning and criticizing their draft report — but nothing persuaded the researchers to revise their basic recommendation, they told lawmakers Friday.

Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011

From the Office of Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.-I) Section 1332 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – the “Waiver for State Innovation” – allows states to waiver out of some of the requirement of federal health reform if they meet certain standards. The provision in the new law was authored by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and strongly supported by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.).

Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Commentary from Dr. Ida Hellander, Drs. David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler, and Vermont Health Care for All members Dr. Deb Richter, Ethan Parke, Marilyn Mode, Ellen Oxfeld and Marjorie Power

Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011

By Ezra Klein | The Washington Post
Peter Shumlin, the newly elected governor of Vermont, has a plan for health-care reform: Rather than repeal it, he wants to supercharge it. His state will set up an exchange, and then, as soon as possible, apply for a waiver that allows it to turn the program into a single-payer system. I spoke with Shumlin this morning, and a lightly edited transcript of our conversation follows.

Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011

By Josh Hoxie | The Defender
With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act last spring, those of us graduating in May won’t have to include losing health insurance on our long list of life-altering changes.

Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011

By Nancy Remsen | Burlington (Vt.) Free Press
The woman who Gov. Peter Shumlin hired to guide his health reform effort presented lawmakers Tuesday with the administration’s roadmap — an 80-page bill — leading to a consolidated, publicly financed system that would provide medical coverage to all Vermonters.

Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011

By Aimee Miles | Kaiser Health News
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, who was elected last November after promising to reform health care in the state, unveiled a bill Tuesday that would abolish most forms of private health insurance and move state residents into a publicly funded insurance pool.

Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Posted on Monday, February 7, 2011

By Deborah Richter | Burlington Free Press
Praise has been heaped on the 120-some page report issued by the Harvard health economist, William Hsiao, and his working group. Words like historic, ground-breaking, and masterful are used, and since I entirely agree I will put them to use as well.

Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011

Posted on Friday, January 28, 2011

By Anne Galloway | VTDigger.com
Physicians were in attendance at the Statehouse on Thursday. They came dressed in lab coats and scrubs, and stethoscopes dangling around their necks. The ailment they came to cure was the medical system itself: In a rare “house call” to the Capitol, they issued a prescription for Vermont’s byzantine system of insurance and government programs – they called for a single payer health care system.

Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2011

Donning lab coats, Vermont doctors are taking to the halls of the Statehouse to lend their backing to Gov. Peter Shumlin's push for a single-payer health care system.

Posted on Monday, January 24, 2011

By Kevin O’Connor | Times Argus (Barre-Montpelier, Vt.)
Middlebury’s Dr. Jack Mayer knows that most patients want health care reform to cut rising prices. But he, along with a growing group of Vermont medical providers, hopes to point a scalpel at piles of related paperwork.

Posted on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Submitted by William C. Hsiao, PhD, FSA; Steven Kappel, MPA; Jonathan Gruber, Ph.D.; and a team of health policy analysts