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Consultant Gruber's comments hurt health care reform effort in Vt.

Posted on November 20, 2014 |
By Anne Galloway And Morgan True of VTDigger.Org



VERMONT — Critics of the Shumlin administration earlier this week were demanding the dismissal of a state consultant whose remarks about the Affordable Care Act last week went viral on Twitter and were picked up by major news outlets, including Bloomberg, Slate and the New Republic.

By the end of the day Wednesday the consultant had said he would stay on the job but work without pay.

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Community Forum: Nurses vie for more protections

Posted on October 31, 2014 |
By Mari Cordes



This week’s writer is Lincoln resident Mari Cordes, president of the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals. She has been a nurse for almost 27 years, most of that at Fletcher Allen Health Care. She was most recently the nurse educator for the FAHC Vascular Access Department, and co-led nationally award-winning efforts to reduce central line infections.

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Opinion: Legislature must continue toward single-payer goal

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By Suzanne Boyle



My name is Suzanne Boyle. I am retired now and have Medicare plus a Supplemental Health Insurance Plan — USAA, a nonprofit healthcare plan. However, it wasn’t always this simple.

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Shumlin appoints Holmes to state health care board

Posted on October 9, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin appointed Jessica Holmes, a Middlebury College professor of Economics, including Health Economics, to serve on the five-member Green Mountain Care Board. She will serve a six-year term, replacing outgoing member Karen Hein of Jacksonville, Vt., whose term expired.

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Shoreham infant battles rare cancer

Posted on October 2, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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SHOREHAM — Madi Wheeler is only two months old but already engaged in the fight of her life.

The Shoreham infant has been diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, or RMS, a very rare form of cancer of the connective tissues. It can also be found attached to muscle tissue, entwined around the intestines, but most commonly in areas lacking skeletal muscle.

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Opinion: Single-payer is the right move for Vermont

Posted on August 27, 2014 |
By Peter Sterling



This week’s writer is Peter Sterling, director of Vermont Leads, a nonprofit organization working to educate the public about the advantages of implementing a publicly funded, universal access health care system in Vermont.

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Opinion: Single-payer plan is simpler than state's current model

Posted on August 22, 2014 |
By Ellen Oxfeld



There is a three-way race for two seats for state representative in the Democratic primary in Middlebury this year. I would like to urge voters to choose Amy Sheldon and Betty Nuovo for these seats on Aug. 26.

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Opinion: Insurance carrier's rate increase hurts Vermonters

Posted on August 22, 2014 |
By Millard Cox



I was struck by the irony of two juxtaposed news stories this week. One story described the impact of our state’s revenue shortfall and the resulting $31 million in budget cuts that will further distress needy Vermonters and impair the capacity of state service agencies to meet the needs of their clients. The other article concerned the request by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont for a 9.8 percent rate increase to its subscribers.

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Community Forum: Politicians face single-payer test

Posted on August 21, 2014 |
By Paul Ralston



This week’s writer is Rep. Paul Ralston, a Democrat representing Middlebury in the Vermont House; he is not running for re-election. He is also chief executive officer of Vermont Coffee Co., a Middlebury business.

“Single payer” is the buzzword of Vermont’s 2014 election. A candidate’s pledge to support single payer is the litmus test for some. Big money — mostly from out-of-state unions — is flowing into Vermont to support candidates who pass the single-payer test.

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Opinion: You're already paying a 15 percent health care tax

Posted on June 30, 2014 |
By Lawrence Miller



What’s the biggest state tax Vermonters already pay? It’s not property, income or sales tax. It’s a 15 percent health care tax that Vermont businesses and individuals are paying today. And many don’t even know they are paying it.

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