Vermont Health Connect, the state’s online health insurance exchange, opened last fall, but the site has not functioned as it should. Most notably, the online payment function hasn’t worked, so users have had to pay for insurance through the mail.
But that will now change after a site upgrade over the weekend that allows Vermont Health Connect users to pay monthly premiums online.
Lawrence Miller, Secretary for the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, has been working with the Department of Health Access to help get Vermont Health Connect back on track.
Legislative leaders say putting together a plan to finance a single payer health care system during the 2015 session is a very aggressive goal.
But they say it’s also a timeline that’s critical to meet if the state is going to implement a publicly financed system in 2017.
The two key finance committees at the Statehouse, the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, have spent a lot of time during the first half of the session examining different aspects of a publicly financed health care system.
Former House Majority Leader Floyd Nease, who left the Statehouse in 2011, has been tapped to join Gov. Peter Shumlin's single payer team. In this Jan. 5, 2011 file photo, Nease speaks with Secretary of State Deb Markowitz.
As the Shumlin Administration fine tunes its case to lawmakers for a publicly financed health care system, the governor is tapping a familiar name to help make the sale.
Former House Majority Leader Floyd Nease left the Statehouse in 2011. But he’s maintained relationships with many of the lawmakers he served with. And he’ll put them to good use as the latest addition to the team of administration officials spearheading the governor’s single-payer agenda.
The stage is set for a historic vote next year on a public financing plan for single-payer health care. And the head of the Vermont Republican Party says that if Vermonters care about what happens in 2015, then they need to think long hard about how they vote in 2014.
When it comes to elections, all eyes are usually on the high-profile races at the top of the ticket. But David Sunderland is devoting much of his attention in 2014 to races in the House and Senate.
Al Gobeille, the chair of the Green Mountain Care Board, says additional tax revenue will be needed in order to make a publicly-financed health care system affordable for all Vermonters.
And Gobeille says he won't shy away from the challenge.
While the Legislature will make decisions about how to finance a new health care system and how to design its basic benefit package, it’s the Green Mountain Care Board that will decide if the plan is in the best interests of Vermont. The system can’t be implemented without the board’s approval.
For many people with epilepsy, seizures are debilitating, dangerous, and unavoidable.
But a new device approved by the Food and Drug Administration last year offers new hope and stunning results.
Clinical studies of the device were conducted at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Epilepsy Center in Lebanon, N.H. Some patients there are now going to able to live much more independently with tiny computers embedded in their skulls.
Political analyst Eric Davis, professor emeritus at Middlebury College, talks with Vermont Edition about recent accusations about the testing of Vermont Health Connect will affect electoral politics in 2014. He also looks at the Republican Party's prospects for regaining some strength in the Fall election.
The Green Mountain Care Board is trying to create an affordable, publicly financed health care system for Vermont by 2017. The chair of that board, business-owner Al Gobeille, says the current financing system is a mess.