Health Care

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Health economist Jonathan Gruber won notoriety last year for his unflattering remarks about the “stupidity of the American voter.” But here in Vermont, the state auditor is far more concerned about the MIT professor’s billing habits than his ill-advised public remarks.

Angela Evancie / VPR

House Republican leaders are rejecting Gov. Peter Shumlin's plan to impose a payroll tax to finance a package of health care initiatives. Instead, they're developing an alternative proposal.

Angela Evancie / VPR

The percentage of Vermonters without health insurance is the second lowest in the nation, and has reduced significantly in the last several years. In 2012, 6.8 percent of Vermont's population was uninsured. Last year that number was 3.7%.

Andy Duback / AP

Less than a month after shelving his plan to make Vermont the first state in the nation with a single-payer health care system, Gov. Peter Shumlin used his budget address today to restore his credentials as a committed proponent of serious health care reform.

Bob Kinzel / VPR

State officials say the likely demise of a single payer health care system doesn't mean that the 2015 Legislature won't take significant steps to make health care more accessible and more affordable for many Vermonters. 

Angela Evancie / VPR File Photo

Last month, after announcing that he’d decided to shelve single-payer health care, Peter Shumlin said he’d provide unfettered access to any government records showing how he arrived at that choice. But the governor has now decided to withhold from public view scores of single payer documents authored by members of his own cabinet.

Angela Evancie / VPR

Gov. Peter Shumlin's decision to abandon a single-payer health care system this session echoed at the state house last week as protestors from the Health Care is a Human Right campaign interrupted his inaugural address.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

A group of about 30 physicians at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has completely revamped the way they deliver pre-natal care to make sure patients don’t feel shuffled from doctor to doctor. The move came in response to a pregnant patient who was not happy with the way her appointments were handled.

Angela Evancie / VPR

Dozens of single-payer health care advocates wearing red shirts stood behind Gov. Peter Shumlin and applauded when he signed Act 48 into law three years ago, putting Vermont on the path to a single-payer health care system.

Today, those red shirts were back, but they weren’t supporting Shumlin.

A number of protesters interrupted official proceedings, shouting chants and holding up banners inside the House chamber. The protestors inside the ceremonial room were a few of many – others were sitting outside, chanting and holding signs.

Angela Evancie / VPR

After lawmakers chose Gov. Peter Shumlin for a third term in office Thursday morning, he delivered his inaugural address to a packed chamber in the Statehouse. Shumlin's speech focused on new renewable energy policies and a redoubled effort to clean up the state's waterways.

Final update 2:32 p.m. Gov. Peter Shumlin focused on a stronger commitment to renewable energy and environmental issues in this third inaugural address Thursday.

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