Medicare

Sen. Bernie Sanders says now is the time to begin debating the merits of his "Medicare for all" health care plan.
Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press

Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to make his "Medicare for all" health care plan a top priority for the Democrats in the 2018 elections. But a number of moderate Democrats worry this approach will hurt their chances of winning seats in Congress next year.

Sen. Bernie Sanders says now is the time to begin debating the merits of his "Medicare for all" health care plan.
Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press

Sen. Bernie Sanders says his plan to implement a taxpayer financed, universal coverage health care system in this country is based on a relatively simple concept - expand the federal Medicare program to include all Americans.

Angela Evancie / VPR

In the final weeks of the campaign, the future of Medicare benefits for Vermont seniors has become a hotly debated issue in the race for governor.

It's an explosive subject because candidates who suggest changes to Medicare risk losing the support of many voters over 65.  

So how did Medicare become an issue in the governor’s race? 

Charlotte Albright / VPR

Ten of Vermont’s 14 hospitals are battling Medicare reimbursement rules that they say will hit their bottom lines hard.

The federal government claims it overpaid the hospitals. And it wants that money back – amounting to as much as $12 million dollars, statewide. So the hospitals are lodging a formal appeal.