Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Tuesday that his administration has made the decision to take the Vermont Health Connect website offline for weeks to make repairs, and oversight for the project has shifted.
Shumlin said he made the decision with the hopes of ensuring a smooth open enrollment period starting in November. Open enrollment is the time when new customers can purchase health care through the exchange for the coming year.
Veterans and their families got a chance to weigh in on services provided at the VA Hospital Junction at a Town Hall style meeting on Monday. The meeting is part of a national effort to improve communication about the way the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs functions.
The White River Junction VA Town Meeting is one in a nationwide series of forums in the wake of scandals about long waiting times and poor services in other parts of the country.
Governor Peter Shumlin says he’ll abandon his quest to implement a single-payer health care system, if he can’t develop a financing plan that will improve Vermont’s economic climate. But he also says a good financing proposal could be an important catalyst for his effort to create more jobs.
Act 48, the law that put Vermont on the path to a single-payer health care system, was passed in 2011. It called on the governor to unveil a single-payer financing plan in January of 2013.
For the second year in a row, the projected budget growth for Vermont’s 14 hospitals is well under recent trends.
While the growth in budgets varies from hospital to hospital, the Green Mountain Care Board has given its approval to an overall statewide increase of 3.1 percent. Last year, the growth rate was 2.7 percent.
Green Mountain Care Board chairman Al Gobeille says the growth in hospital budgets over the past two years is less than half of what it was between 2008 and 2012.
For homeless Vermonters, getting quality health care is a big challenge. Close to 1,000 people come through the doors of the Safe Harbor Health Center in Burlington each year for medical treatment, dental care and counseling services. Plus, they can work on finding housing.
It’s been a little over a year since it became legal in Vermont for physicians to help terminally ill patients hasten their death with medication.
But so far only two doctors have reported writing the lethal prescriptions, and it's not clear if they were used. So some advocates worry that patients are having trouble finding doctors willing to grant that final wish. Some doctors say the barrier is not just a moral dilemma—it’s a practical one.
The agency that oversees Medicare and Medicaid has approved a plan by the Brattleboro Retreat to correct problems found during a recent inspection. The psychiatric hospital was warned that its Medicare and Medicaid contract would end unless it filed correction plans by the beginning of this week.
The psychiatric hospital's most recent problems surfaced during a special inspection this summer, triggered by a fight in the hospital’s adolescent unit. The incident sent four employees to the hospital.
This winter, my brother lay in a comma in a San Juan Regional Hospital bed dying from Kaposi’s sarcoma. This fatal type of cancer had spread to his internal organs and was now shutting them down. Rober, as we affectionately called him, had abused heroin for more than thirty years and this was the final result and my last moment with him.