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Four major bills of interest to physicians have recently passed the House of Representatives and been referred to the Senate.   With a possible adjournment date of May 7th, the Senate will have little time to act on the bills before joint House/Senate conference committees will be appointed to...
The Burlington Free Press has published an op-ed by VMS Executive Vice President Paul Harrington that highlights the numerous adverse impacts Governor Shumlin’s proposal to transfer Catamount patients to Medicaid would likely have on health care in Vermont. The article, of which similar versions...
On March 16th, approximately 250 health care providers from throughout the state descended on the Statehouse for Patients First Day.  The event, sponsored by the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems and the Vermont Medical Society, gave Vermont's physicians and hospital caregivers...
The U.S. Supreme will decide whether Vermont can ban selling prescription information to drug companies -- or whether the ban violates free speech. IMS Health Inc. v. William Sorrell stems from a data ban passed by the Vermont Legislature in 2007 based on a resolution adopted by the Vermont Medical...
A provision of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed on March 23, 2010 treats debt reduction under the Vermont State Educational Loan Repayment Program for Healthcare Professionals as income tax exempt, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2009.   Prior to passage of the ACA, only awards under federally...
After a two-week period in which the public was able to comment on his original draft, Harvard health care economist William Hsiao, PhD, released his final report outlining three potential health care models for Vermont.  The three different approaches to health care reform – a single payer plan (...
The Vermont Medical Society has formally announced its opposition to a fiscal year 2012 budget proposal by Governor Peter Shumlin that would allow all Vermonters eligible for Catamount Health Plans to enroll in the state’s Medicaid program.  The VMS adopted its position by a vote of Council members...
Governor Peter Shumlin’s single-payer health care reform bill has been introduced in the Vermont House by Representative Mark Larson of Burlington.  The full text of the bill, H.202, can be viewed here.   According to the bill’s statement of purpose, the legislation “proposes to set forth a...
Governor Peter Shumlin’s Medicaid budget for State Fiscal Year 2012 (SFY12) proposes to allow all Vermonters eligible for Catamount Health Plans to enroll in Medicaid under a new VHAP Expanded program and to end the current Catamount health insurance program (see previous VTMD.org article related...
In his inaugural budget address Governor Peter Shumlin proposed transferring the Catamount health insurance program from BCBSVT and MVP to the Medicaid program, a move that VMS estimates would result in a 32.8 percent cut in physician reimbursement for the Catamount population.   During his speech...

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