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Two weeks ago, the legislature failed to override Governor Scott’s veto on paid family and medical leave. Last week, Governor Scott wielded his veto power yet again, this time on S.23, the minimum wage bill that would increase the hourly wage to $12.55 per hour by 2022. The Senate quickly overrode the…
VAHHS Legislative Update Whew, what a week!  In the first veto override vote in over 10 years, the House failed to override the governor’s veto on paid family and medical leave by one vote.  Minimum wage landed on the governor’s desk on Tuesday.  He has five days to veto it, so we should hear news imminently. …
Things keep moving at a brisk pace at the State House. In terms of the big broad initiatives, the Senate passed the minimum wage bill with a vote of 23-6. The bill, which would raise the minimum wage to $12.55 per hour by 2022, goes to the governor’s desk and a possible veto. Speaking of which, the governor…
Last Thursday, I was honored to join a lively panel discussion on the early successes of Vermont’s all-payer model (APM). Governor Scott kicked off the event, saying how important it is to understand our state’s value-based care work and continue collective efforts to bend the cost curve.   The panel…
Thank you to all who came out to our A Healthier State House health fair at the State House on Thursday! I had a great time sipping cucumber-infused water and smoothies while munching on pumpkin breakfast cookies and learning about healthy nutritional and lifestyle choices...all while hula hooping. Our…
Good morning! The productive pace of the legislature continues. On Friday, the senate passed paid family and medical leave. Meanwhile, the health care committees started digging in on a variety of important issues, from workforce development to OneCare to the Brattleboro Retreat.On the elections front,…
Federal Health Care IssuesAlthough impeachment hearings dominate the national news coverage, there’s been a holiday flurry of activity with federal bills and rules coming out of Washington D.C. Passing or extending a spending bill that delays disproportionate share hospital (DSH) cuts and funds health…
On Thursday, Vermont became one of the first places in the U.S. to receive approval from CMS to allow Medicaid reimbursement for inpatient stays at free-standing Institutions for Mental Disease (I MDs). Vermont was granted an amendment to its “Global Commitment to Health” Medicaid waiver which will allow…
“Heart transplant? Who’s talking about a heart transplant? What is going on with our kid? What is going on with her?” Benjamin Anderson was stunned. His 30-day-old daughter, Naomi, had developed supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), a rare condition in one so young.  In the hours since they were admitted…
Open Enrollment for Vermont’s health insurance market began on November 1 and runs through December 15. This means that now is the time for individuals and families to obtain or change health insurance plans.  Next year, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will turn 10 years old. The law has had its fits…
Two weeks ago, the legislature failed to override Governor Scott’s veto on paid family and medical leave. Last week, Governor Scott wielded his veto power yet again, this time on S.23, the minimum wage bill that would increase the hourly wage to $12.55 per hour by 2022. The Senate quickly overrode the…
VAHHS Legislative Update Whew, what a week!  In the first veto override vote in over 10 years, the House failed to override the governor’s veto on paid family and medical leave by one vote.  Minimum wage landed on the governor’s desk on Tuesday.  He has five days to veto it, so we should hear news imminently. …
Things keep moving at a brisk pace at the State House. In terms of the big broad initiatives, the Senate passed the minimum wage bill with a vote of 23-6. The bill, which would raise the minimum wage to $12.55 per hour by 2022, goes to the governor’s desk and a possible veto. Speaking of which, the governor…
Last Thursday, I was honored to join a lively panel discussion on the early successes of Vermont’s all-payer model (APM). Governor Scott kicked off the event, saying how important it is to understand our state’s value-based care work and continue collective efforts to bend the cost curve.   The panel…
Thank you to all who came out to our A Healthier State House health fair at the State House on Thursday! I had a great time sipping cucumber-infused water and smoothies while munching on pumpkin breakfast cookies and learning about healthy nutritional and lifestyle choices...all while hula hooping. Our…
Good morning! The productive pace of the legislature continues. On Friday, the senate passed paid family and medical leave. Meanwhile, the health care committees started digging in on a variety of important issues, from workforce development to OneCare to the Brattleboro Retreat.On the elections front,…
Federal Health Care IssuesAlthough impeachment hearings dominate the national news coverage, there’s been a holiday flurry of activity with federal bills and rules coming out of Washington D.C. Passing or extending a spending bill that delays disproportionate share hospital (DSH) cuts and funds health…
On Thursday, Vermont became one of the first places in the U.S. to receive approval from CMS to allow Medicaid reimbursement for inpatient stays at free-standing Institutions for Mental Disease (I MDs). Vermont was granted an amendment to its “Global Commitment to Health” Medicaid waiver which will allow…
“Heart transplant? Who’s talking about a heart transplant? What is going on with our kid? What is going on with her?” Benjamin Anderson was stunned. His 30-day-old daughter, Naomi, had developed supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), a rare condition in one so young.  In the hours since they were admitted…
Open Enrollment for Vermont’s health insurance market began on November 1 and runs through December 15. This means that now is the time for individuals and families to obtain or change health insurance plans.  Next year, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will turn 10 years old. The law has had its fits…