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Opinion: You're already paying a 15 percent health care tax

Posted on June 30, 2014 |
By Lawrence Miller



What’s the biggest state tax Vermonters already pay? It’s not property, income or sales tax. It’s a 15 percent health care tax that Vermont businesses and individuals are paying today. And many don’t even know they are paying it.

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Health care reform makes some gains; sign-up deadline looms

Posted on March 20, 2014 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Two key Addison County lawmakers involved in the state’s health care reform effort said they are pleased with Vermonters’ response to the new health insurance exchange and conceded that long-awaited financial details about the transition to a single-payer system probably won’t be available until early next year.

That was the word this week from Sen. Claire Ayer of Addison and Rep. Mike Fisher of Lincoln, both Democrats.

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Eric Davis: Single-payer plan must be explained

Posted on February 19, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



The Shumlin administration plans to launch a single-payer health care system in Vermont on Jan. 1, 2017. The administration needs to provide Vermonters with more information on those plans, preferably before the November 2014 elections.

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Porter, Counseling Service plan suboxone clinic to assist addicts

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON COUNTY — Porter Medical Center and the Counseling Service of Addison County are in discussions to collaborate on a clinic to provide suboxone, a drug designed to help a growing number of Addison County addicts break their dependence on opiates.

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Opinion: Health debate misses moral focus

Posted on January 27, 2014 |
By Walter Carpenter



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Navigators to offer help with health insurance in Addison County this week

Posted on December 2, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Health Connect Navigators and officials are participating in and hosting upcoming events to educate Vermonters about new health coverage options. More than 200 Navigators are available in communities throughout the state to help Vermonters learn more, enroll in a plan, and access financial help through Vermont Health Connect, the state’s health insurance website.

The Vermont Health Connect representatives’ schedule for meeting with the public in Addison County is as follows:

•  Monday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Editorial: Solving the health care puzzle

Posted on September 26, 2013 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As Vermonters begin to decipher the new world of health care through Vermont Health Connect and the health care exchange, and Republicans in Congress try — for the 42nd time — to dismantle the nation’s health care law at the expense of shutting down government, it’s worth stepping back to view the big picture: that is, how this nation’s health care compares to the rest of the world.

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Porter struggles with electronic records system, sees big cost overrun

Posted on January 10, 2013 |
By John S. McCright



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MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital has fallen behind in its multi-year effort to implement an electronic medical records system designed to improve patient care by replacing outdated paper recordkeeping.

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Fisher to talk health care reform in Lincoln

Posted on October 1, 2012 |
By Addison Independent



LINCOLN — Rep. Mike Fisher, a Lincoln Democrat, this Wednesday will lead a community discussion on current and national efforts on Health Care Reform and the next steps.

The discussion will take place on Oct. 3 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Library.

Fisher is chairman of the House Health Care Committee and had a hand in crafting heath care reform legislation in Vermont.

The public is invited.

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Local physician transitions solo to electronic records

Posted on September 27, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Dr. Maxine Fidler has long quipped about the legibility of her handwriting. Copious examples of it could be found in the individual files maintained for the approximately 200 patients in her growing Middlebury practice, Acorn Natural Medicine PLC.

Well, after nine months of after-hours work, Fidler has translated her scrawl-on-paper into what is becoming the universal language of physicians’ offices and hospitals throughout the state: Typed print and crisp charts securely stored and retrieved through a computer database.

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