Health Care Reform

New England News
12:45 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Vermont Stops Paying Single Payer Consultant

Jonathan Gruber
Credit Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In what has become a minor national political scandal, an economist’s controversial comments on the Affordable Care Act have cost him consulting fees. But he will complete his work on a financing plan for Vermont’s single-payer health care system.

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New England News
7:45 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Three Legislators Ask Vermont To Cut Ties With Health Economist

Professor Jonathan Gruber
Credit Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Three Vermont lawmakers are urging the administration of Governor Peter Shumlin to sever ties with a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist who was shown on video saying it was the "stupidity of the American voter" that helped pass national health care reform.

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New England News
12:50 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Massachusetts Offers Comparison Shopping For Health Care


Officials in Massachusetts launched a new effort this week to educate people about the cost of health care.  The prices charged by different hospitals, clinics, and physician practices for hundreds of common medical procedures are available online.  So, the idea is people in need of a new knee or an MRI can find the best deal.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the Massachusetts Undersecretary for Consumer Affairs Barbara Anthony.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Republican Leaders Discuss Vermont Health Connect Changes

From left to right: Joe Benning, Phil Scott, and Don Turner in the Lieutenant Governor's office at the Vermont Statehouse
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont’s lieutenant governor and the minority leaders of the House and Senate, all Republicans, met at the Statehouse Tuesday to discuss the Shumlin Administration’s move to fire the company that designed and has provided technical support for the state’s health care exchange.

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North Country News
8:30 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Shumlin Recommitting VT To Health Care Plan

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A critic of Vermont's health care reform efforts says the governor's recommitment to creating the nation's first single payer health care system is a threat to the Vermont economy.

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New England News
12:54 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Massachusetts Panel Reviews Health Care Cost Control Efforts

A hospital room at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

While Obamacare is being rolled out across the country Massachusetts, which pioneered the health care reform, is moving to the next step—cost containment.  A watchdog agency charged with monitoring health care delivery and payment reforms recently held two days of hearings to examine health care cost trends.  The state has set a cost growth benchmark at 3.6 percent for this year and next. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the chairman of the Health Policy Commission, Dr. Stuart Altman.

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North Country News
5:57 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Doctors Raise Concerns About Vermont Health Care Reforms

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A group of physicians opposed to Vermont’s move to create a single-payer health care system is warning that planned changes could drive practitioners out of the state.

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North Country News
5:33 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Feds Delay Health Exchanges, Vermont Moves Forward

Implementation of health care exchanges, a key facet of the Affordable Care Act, is being delayed in states where the federal government is controlling them. The move is not expected to affect Vermont’s rollout of its state controlled system.

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New England News
10:56 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Massachusetts Health Policy Official Discusses Priorities

Credit Leon Brooks

Massachusetts ,which pioneered universal access to health insurance, is now beginning the next phase of healthcare reform: reining in the run-away costs.  The executive director of the new agency responsible for implementing the state’s cost containment law was in Springfield on Thursday.

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North Country News
6:20 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Critics Slam Health Care Financing Plan

Credit Vermont Agency of Administration

The Shumlin Administration released its Health Care Reform Financing Plan late last week.  This week a group of advocates and Republican lawmakers criticized the report, saying it offered no real outline for financing the state’s proposed single payer health care system.

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