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North Country News
9:40 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Vermont House Panel Passes Beverage Tax

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A Vermont House committee has reversed itself and approved a penny-an-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages to pay for health care subsidies, but the idea still appears to have a bumpy road ahead.

The House Health Care Committee had defeated the measure on a 5-5 tie vote on Friday. But on Wednesday, the panel voted in two 7-4 tallies to advance the measure.

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North Country News
10:00 am
Sat February 23, 2013

Vermont House Committee Kills Health Tax Plan

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A Vermont House committee has killed legislation that would have levied a new tax on sugary soft drinks.

In a move that drew the comment "Holy Smokes!" from a member of the Senate Health and Welfare committee, the House panel voted 5-5 on the measure. The tie vote killed the bill the committee had spent weeks drafting.

The money would pay for public health education and to help smooth the transition to a health care overhaul.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Massachusetts Will Offer Dental Plans Through Health Connector

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts will begin offering stand-alone dental plans for children and adults through the state's Health Connector starting next year.

State health officials say making dental care more readily available will improve the overall health of Massachusetts residents.

Dental coverage is one of several changes coming to the state's health care exchange.

Beginning in 2014, insurers seeking to offer plans through the connector must not only meet state requirements but also federal requirements to receive the connector's seal of approval.

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Shots - Health News
6:18 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

How The Sequester Could Affect Health Care

On Tuesday, President Obama urged congressional action to prevent automatic spending cuts scheduled to begin on March 1.
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Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 6:56 pm

It's looking increasingly likely that $85 billion of automatic federal budget cuts known as a sequester will come to pass if Congress doesn't act by March 1.

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North Country News
7:15 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Coordinating Health Records Said to be 'Wicked Hard'

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An official leading Vermont's push toward a single-payer health care system is calling efforts to coordinate electronic medical record between providers "wicked hard."

Anya Rader Wallack, chairwoman of the Green Mountain Care Board, briefed the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday on progress the board has been making to retool Vermont's health care system.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Fri January 25, 2013

"Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father - And How We Can Fix It"

  In the September 2009 issue of the Atlantic, David Goldhill rocked the health-care world with his compelling account of how bureaucratic American health care killed his father. Now, Goldhill is back with a new book expanding on the topic, published by Knopf, entitled Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father--and How We Can Fix It.

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North Country News
9:15 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Vermont Governor Wants More Time on Health Plan

Vermont Statehouse
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The administration of Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says it wants more time to firm up the financing for a single-payer health plan to be in place by 2017.

A health care law passed two years ago gave the administration until this month to develop a financing plan. But hopes were then for a federal waiver that would allow the planned Green Mountain Care program to start in 2014. That waiver hasn't been forthcoming, pushing the date back three years.

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North Country News
2:15 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Hospitals Join to Take Big Health Overhaul Step

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Officials from Burlington's Fletcher Allen Health Care, the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and other hospitals serving Vermont are joining to announce the creation of the nation's first statewide "accountable care organization".

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Commentary & Opinion
3:17 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Blair Horner: From one cliff to the next

Blair Horner
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After long and contentious negotiations that extended late into New Year’s Day, Congress passed a measure to at least temporarily avert the most immediate consequences of the so-called “fiscal cliff.”  As you no doubt saw in media coverage over the holidays, on New Year’s Day Democratic and Republican leaders settled on a fared-down package of income tax rate increases for the well-to-do and did little on spending reductions.

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WAMC News
12:20 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Vermont Health Exchange Receives Conditional Federal Approval

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Vermont has received conditional federal approval for its plan to create a consumer-friendly health insurance exchange.

Vermont is among a number of  states that have received word from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that they are compliant with regulations, and have appropriately outlined timelines that will allow them to have a health exchange running by October 1.

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