Vermont House votes to expand health insurance rights of same-sex couples

March 15, 2013; Alicia Freese; VTDigger Rep. Chris Pearson, P-Burlington, who co-sponsored the legislation, said it’s an important step in an “ongoing process” of “peeling back the layers of discrimination.” A federal law limits the level of parity that the Vermont Legislature can achieve in this arena, however. That law…

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Redux: Report calls for $1.6 billion in taxes, doesn’t include recommendation for financing single payer

January 29, 2013; Andrew Stein; VTDigger The Shumlin administration’s much-anticipated financing plan for a single-payer health care system landed on the desks of Vermont legislators Thursday evening. Drawing from 2011 numbers, the study projects Vermont would save an estimated 1.5 percent annually on a roughly $6 billion health care finance…

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Legislative preview: Health care committee to look at insurance subsidies, financing for single payer, role of Green Mountain Care Board

January 13, 2013; Andrew Stein; VTDigger Vermonters between 250 percent and 300 percent of the federal poverty line, or individuals earning $28,000 to $33,500 annually, are facing a doubling of out-of-pocket costs comprised of premiums and annual spending maximums. These cost hikes would hit one of Vermont’s most vulnerable economic…

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Legislative preview: Human services committees will look at elder abuse reporting, children and family services

January 6, 2013; Alicia Freese; VTDigger Leaders from both the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare and the House Committee on Human Services say they’ll take another stab at a bill Shumlin vetoed last session. The legislation — H.290 — would have required that the Adult Protective Service (APS) division…

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Vermont Edition: Lieutenant Governor Candidate Cassandra Gekas

September 21, 2012; Vermont Edition, Jane Lindholm With the 2012 campaign season in full swing, we hear from Cassandra Gekas, the Democratic and Progressive candidate for lieutenant governor. Gekas was a health care advocate for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group when she decided to enter the race. She’s made…

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