The Shumlin Administration is defending its decision not to allow small businesses to extend their current health care coverage for a year.
Some business leaders are calling for this extension because of ongoing technical problems at the state’s new health care exchange. But the administration says the plan isn’t needed because they’ve put new options in place.
The call for a one year delay picked up momentum this week when the Shumlin Administration announced that the exchange’s on line payment system for small businesses still isn’t working.
The state of Vermont is facing a shortage of primary care physicians, and it’s a problem that could get worse as more people access health care insurance.
One aim of the Affordable Health Care Act and Vermont’s new marketplace, Health Connect, is to insure more Vermonters. And surveys suggest that Vermont has an adequate supply of physicians per capita. But they are not evenly distributed throughout the state, and many are specialists, not primary care doctors. So Paul Bengtson, CEO of Northern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury, is worried.
North Country Hospital, in Newport, is facing about $42,000 in fines for what Vermont’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors say were “serious” problems relating to the storage and handling of blood borne pathogens.
The inspection was triggered by an employee’s allegation that the practices had been repeatedly reported to hospital administrators, who failed to take swift action.
I came to appreciate the importance of language in health care when my bilingual mother returned to live in Brattleboro after spending a few months with her sister in Puerto Rico. Suddenly and without apparent reason, she began to speak only in Spanish.
In the eight months before her death, only one of the many nurses, caretakers, therapists, lab technicians and emergency personnel who attended her spoke or understood Spanish.
Generic drugs are often thought of as bargains. But in the last year, the prices of many generic medicines have skyrocketed and pharmacists across Vermont say they and their customers are taking a hit.
Jason Hochberg is one of the owners of Rutland Pharmacy, a family-owned business with four locations.
Health insurance premiums for town employees continue to rise at an alarming rate, and now officials are questioning whether the town should continue to provide coverage.
The proposed premiums for next year came in 50 percent higher than this year’s, according to Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg. While the town has identified alternatives that would lower those increases, the town could still spend nearly $200,000 more than it does now. That is on top of a nearly $250,000 increase the town saw this year.