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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.

Angela Evancie / VPR

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.

Angela Evancie / VPR

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.

Angela Evancie / VPR

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.

Angela Evancie / VPR/file

Gov. Peter Shumlin has set a May 30 deadline for delivering what’s known as “change of circumstance” functionality to Vermont Health Connect. The administration and House Speaker Shap Smith, however, may be at odds over the significance of that date.

Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Over the past 14 months, the state of Vermont has paid an out-of-state contractor more than a half million dollars to perform a job that doesn’t appear to exist.

That’s among the findings detailed in a performance audit of the state’s online insurance exchange, released publicly Thursday morning by State Auditor Doug Hoffer

The decision by Gov. Peter Shumlin to abandon a single payer health care system is having an unexpected impact on Vermont's larger businesses. And lawmakers will now have to make decisions that Vermont's health care law never anticipated.

Angela Evancie / VPR/file

Gov. Peter Shumlin is urging lawmakers to make huge new investments in health care reform. But the Vermont House has slashed his proposal dramatically. And even the pared down health reform initiative may now be in jeopardy.

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Dialing 911 may seem like a guaranteed way to get assistance during an emergency, but a state survey conducted last year found that two-thirds of EMS agencies in Vermont are understaffed.