Health Care

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The future of Vermont’s health insurance exchange depends on the Shumlin administration’s ability to meet a looming deadline. Still unanswered, though, is the question of how to proceed if the milestone goes unmet. Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and top lawmakers think the solution might be in Connecticut.

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According to U.S. News and World Report, Rutland Regional Medical Center is among the best hospitals in the nation for providing what’s known as common care.

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During these final days of the 2015 legislative session, lawmakers will decide whether to abolish the philosophical exemption that hundreds of parents use every year to avoid state vaccine mandates. On Monday night, the House Committee on Health Care held a public hearing on the matter. And turnout showed just how intensely Vermonters care about the issue.

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You may be of the belief that a spoonful of maple syrup helps the medicine go down – and now preliminary research from McGill University suggests that maple syrup may also help the medicine do its job.

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Branded as “The King” or “Ronald Reagan,” potent and possibly deadly batches of heroin are again popping up in New England.

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Many veterans who have to drive more than 40 miles to reach a full-service Veterans Health Administration hospital may now get care at private medical facilities at government expense. The option is also available for eligible patients who cannot get an appointment at the VA within 30 days. But so far, not many Vermont vets are taking advantage of this new rule.

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The next few weeks could be a critical time for legislation that eliminates the philosophical exemption to Vermont's mandatory immunization law.

Gov. Peter Shumlin says he might drop his opposition to the plan if the House follows the lead of the Senate in supporting this bill.

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Two Vermont senators are trying to resurrect a plan to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for health care providers. And they’d use tax increases on cigarettes and health insurance claims, as well as heightened penalties on employers that don’t provide health benefits, to pay for the plan.

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It’s battered and beaten, but the House’s health care reform bill is still alive. Many Democratic lawmakers, however, don’t think the legislation goes nearly far enough. And legislators still haven’t figured out how to raise the money needed to support the few initiatives that remain.

It wasn’t so long ago that lawmakers were contemplating a $190 million health care reform proposal. The plan, put forth by Gov. Peter Shumlin, was designed to rectify longstanding structural deficiencies in Medicaid funding, deficiencies the governor blames in part for the rising costs of private health insurance.

Angela Evancie / VPR

Legislative leaders are ready to pull the plug on Vermont’s health insurance exchange if a key component isn’t working by May 31. But Gov. Peter Shumlin doesn’t think the fate of Vermont Health Connect should rest entirely on the new deadline, even though he’s the one who set it.