Health Care

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Gov. Peter Shumlin wants to raise $90 million in state revenues to pay for a wide ranging health care reform agenda. And while a key House committee is backing his push for new taxes, the House Committee on Health Care looks to be leaning toward a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages to raise the money, not the payroll tax preferred by Shumlin.

While there maybe some agreement at the Statehouse on the health care policies that need to be addressed this year, there is a lot disagreement on how to pay for these programs.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont said Tuesday that thousands of its customers may have had their personal information compromised by a data breach at another insurance company.

According to a news release, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) customers in question are those who were treated in the 14 states in which Anthem, Inc. operates.

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A central part of Gov. Peter Shumlin's plan to boost Medicaid reimbursement rates is his guarantee that the plan will reduce private health insurance premiums by 5 percent. But a top state health care official says that guarantee is anything but certain.

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State Auditor Doug Hoffer has concluded his inquiry into a state contract with MIT health care economist Jonathan Gruber. And he says he believes that Gruber likely overstated the number of hours a research assistant worked on the project.

Gov. Peter Shumlin's plan to impose a small payroll tax to help reduce the cost of private health insurance premiums is facing some strong scrutiny at the Statehouse.

But the governor says if lawmakers don't like his plan, then they need to come up with an alternative proposal.

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House Republican leaders say they support Gov. Peter Shumlin's proposal to increase the state's Medicaid reimbursement rate, but they strongly oppose how the governor wants to pay for this plan.

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A large coalition of health and consumer groups is backing a plan to improve access to dental care for thousands of Vermonters. The bill would allow newly licensed dental practitioners to offer care throughout the state.

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The national outbreak of measles is causing some lawmakers to reconsider current exemptions to Vermont's child immunization laws, and supporters and opponents of the exemptions are getting ready for an intense debate at the Statehouse.

Fewer Vermonters than ever are without insurance, thanks largely to a recent expansion of Medicaid. But just because low-income residents have insurance doesn’t necessarily mean they’re having an easier time finding a doctor.

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