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Legislative Report: Two (personal) reasons for health reform

Posted on August 30, 2012 |
By Willem Jewett



Health reform continues to be debated on national and state political stages. Sometimes the power of personal stories is lost in these debates. As we head toward another winter of debating health care in Montpelier I wanted to share a couple of my own experiences and ask you to share yours with me. The names in the stories below are not fictional because they all helped save my life. In an effort to be polite I have refrained from naming those who have not assisted in this effort.

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State starts review of hospital budget plan

Posted on August 16, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital officials are asking state approval for a fiscal year 2013 budget of around $69 million, including a 4.2-percent increase in net revenues and a boost of 5 percent in the rates charged for medical procedures.

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Lawmakers hail health care ruling

Posted on July 2, 2012 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County lawmakers spearheading Vermont’s health care reform effort hailed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday to substantially uphold the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), a decision they said gives them further confidence in pushing the state toward a single-payer system.

“I’m obviously satisfied and pleasantly surprised, I have to admit, by the ruling,” said Rep. Michael Fisher, D-Lincoln, and chairman of the House Health Care Committee.

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Senate passes health care exchange bill; Ayer pleased

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — The state Senate on Tuesday passed a health care benefits exchange bill that will allow Vermont to fulfill the requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act, while setting stage for more substantial reforms in the future to help those who are uninsured or underinsured.

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Lawmakers target Irene, health care

Posted on January 5, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — Local lawmakers kicked off the 2012 legislative session Tuesday seeking, among other things, to make further strides in health care reform and to craft a tight state budget that will be further stressed by road, bridge and culvert repair bills racked up because of Tropical Storm Irene.

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State regulator says regional hospitals not in jeopardy, yet

Posted on July 14, 2011 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Vermont’s 14 regional hospitals are performing well and aren’t at risk of being shuttered or consolidated as a byproduct of Vermont’s new health care reform law, according to the state official who is reviewing hospital operations and their proposed spending plans.

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Democratic politicians rally for health care

Posted on June 16, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The state’s top Democrats converged on Middlebury this Tuesday to exhort the party faithful to keep pressing for a single-payer health care system, the foundation for which was laid during the 2011 legislative session.

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ACSU teachers get raises and pay higher health premiums

Posted on May 23, 2011 |
By John Flowers



 

MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union teachers have agreed to a four-year contract that provides for some modest pay increases and slightly elevates their health care premium payments.

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Health care debate hits glitch with immigration

Posted on May 5, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MONTPELIER — Following public outcry, a conference committee working to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the recent health care bill on Tuesday announced it had removed language that would bar illegal immigrants from health coverage.

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