Vermont Information

Posted on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Presentation By Dr. William Hsiao before Vermont State Legislature

Posted on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Although advocates of the pure single payer model will find some problems with this report on a reform proposal for Vermont, there is very good news in this analysis. The report emphatically confirms the superiority of the single payer model in ensuring that everyone is included while containing health care costs.

Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

By NEAL P. GOSWAMI | Bennington Banner
Vermont's congressional delegation joined Gov. Peter Shumlin Tuesday to announce legislation that would allow states to seek federal health care waivers in 2014, and the flexibility to craft their own state-level health care plans.

Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

By Terry Doran | VTDigger.com
When we talk about health care reform, what are we really talking about?

Posted on Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Globe Editorial | The Boston Globe
While Massachusetts grapples with its own health costs, the nation’s eyes will be on Vermont as it tries to do ObamaCare one better and switch to a single-payer health insurance system.

Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2010

By Anne Galloway | Vtdigger.com
On Monday, Gov.-elect Peter Shumlin chose the members of the “dream team” who will lead his signature effort to create a single-payer health care system in Vermont.

Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2010

By Josh Goodman Stateline.org
Congress never really considered a single-payer health plan run by the government. Vermont is planning for one. This isn’t some liberal fantasy. Vermont lawmakers are serious. To understand how serious, you only have to look at the resumes of William Hsiao and Jonathan Gruber.

Posted on Monday, December 6, 2010

By Nicole Gaudiano | Burlington Free Press
Vermont Gov.-elect Peter Shumlin said health care and education dominated his conversations during a "productive and exciting" two-day trip to Washington.

Posted on Friday, November 19, 2010

By Ezra Klein | The Washington Post
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has long supported state waivers in the health-care bill, and for a very specific reason: He'd like to see Vermont create the first single-payer system in the nation, as he believes it'll demonstrate enough cost and quality advantages that other states will want to follow suit. We spoke by phone last night, and a lightly edited transcript of our conversation follows.

Posted on Friday, November 12, 2010

The following is an excerpt from an interview with Gov.-elect Peter Shumlin of Vermont conducted by a blogger at Green Mountain Daily (GMD).

Posted on Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Healthcare Technology News While healthcare reform came under fire in many parts of the country, a single payer system is very much on the horizon in Vermont.

Posted on Friday, October 29, 2010

By Paul Millman | Burlington Free Press
It's clear, and should be even to a nonbusinessman like Mr. Dubie, that the cost of health care has a much more profound effect on our ability to finance expansion than does the tax rate. I think this is what they call a no-brainer.

Posted on Monday, August 16, 2010

By Ethan Parke | Vermont for Single Payer Supporter, Montpelier
Throughout Hsiao’s presentation, what came clear was that in order to control costs and to make health care universal, there must be a rational system. Right now Vermont only has a patchwork of unaffordable insurance based on adverse selection, various government programs, problematic fee-for-service provider compensation, and fragmented financing, Hsiao said.

Posted on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

By James Marc | Vtdigger.com
Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell twice fumbled in addressing whether Jim Leddy can legally serve on the Vermont Commission on Health Care Reform while simultaneously serving as President of the Vermont AARP.

Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2010

What follows is an open letter from James Marc Leas, an attorney in Burlington to the Vermont Attorney General’s office. The letter is followed by the AG office’s original response.

Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2010

By Nancy Remsen | Burlington (Vt.) Free Press
The Health Care Reform Commission recommended Monday that the Legislature hire the Harvard economist who helped Taiwan revamp its health-care system for a six-month, $300,000 health research project for Vermont.

Posted on Monday, June 14, 2010

By Chris Silva | American Medical News
A new Vermont health care bill could lead to significant changes in the state's delivery and payment structures, including a possible move toward a single-payer system. Governor Jim Douglas announced May 27 that he would allow the bill to become law without his signature.

Posted on Tuesday, May 11, 2010

By DANIEL BARLOW | Times Argus
The Vermont Senate easily passed a major health care reform bill Tuesday night, but first lawmakers jettisoned a provision that would have allowed the state to track free drug samples given to doctors.

Posted on Tuesday, May 11, 2010

By John Curran | Boston Globe
Hopeful that Montpelier can do what Washington didn't, hundreds of people who want single-payer health care gathered in Vermont's capital Saturday, staging a noisy, sign-waving march and rally.

Posted on Tuesday, May 11, 2010

By Igor Volsky | Wonk Room, Think Progress
Last Friday, the Vermont House approved “its own version of legislation passed earlier by the Senate” that would allow the state to design “a single-payer system, in which a government agency would administer and make all payments for health care” or a public option. California passed similar legislation earlier this year, and theoretically, under a provision added to the new health care law by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), both states could opt-out of the requirements of federal health care reform and establish a single-payer structure.

Posted on Tuesday, May 11, 2010

By Ethan Parke
My name is Ethan Parke. I live in Montpelier, and I support universal health care in Vermont as outlined in S.88 and H.100. I thank the Senate President Pro Tem and the Chair of the Senate Health Care Committee for their commitment to giving serious consideration to S.88 in the Senate this year.

Posted on Monday, April 12, 2010

By DANIEL BARLOW | Times Argus (Vt.)
Senators voted 28-2 Wednesday to hire consultants to design a new health care model for Vermont, one of which would include a single-payer system.

Posted on Friday, April 9, 2010

By Nancy Remsen | Burlington (Vt.) Free Press
Dr. Deb Richter is accustomed to the slow pace of progress toward the health reform she favors, but she comes back to the Statehouse again and again to push for change. She was on hand Wednesday when senators took another small step.

Posted on Friday, March 19, 2010

By Terri Hallenbeck, | Burlington Free Press
An economist who helped Taiwan and other nations create their health care systems told Vermont lawmakers Thursday that a single-payer plan can lower costs, but is not necessarily a foolproof remedy.

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2010

By Rachel Kent | Fox 44 News
There was a heated debate Tuesday night in Vermont state capitol over health care reform. It attracted hundreds of people. It was a three hour debate over whether or not there should be a state run health care plan.

Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2010

By Daniel Barlow | Times Argus (Montelier, Vt.)
Hundreds of Vermonters filled the Statehouse Tuesday for a public forum on health care reform, with a vast majority urging lawmakers to adopt a single-payer system.

Posted on Friday, December 18, 2009

By DANIEL BARLOW | Times Argus (Barre, Vt.)
U.S. Sen. Bernard Sanders was expecting to make history Wednesday. Instead, his amendment to create a single-payer health care system was used as a tool by Senate Republicans to create gridlock in the chamber as they sought to derail the health care reform plans of Democrats and President Barack Obama.