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Senator Claire Ayer
Vermont Legislature

A Vermont legislator says she plans to push a publicly-funded health care plan in the upcoming legislative year.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held a telephone town hall Wednesday night. With the Las Vegas shooting fresh in mind, callers had questions about gun control. They also wanted to know where Maloney stands on a single-payer health care system.

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Bernie 2016

Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders formally introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2017 today.  Surrounded by Senate cosponsors and advocates, he outlined the plan at a press conference in Washington.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders at the Franklin County Senior Center
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Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders was in Franklin County Monday.  His stops included the Franklin County Senior Center, where health care and Social Security dominated the discussion.

Single payer supporters at the New York State Capitol
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Faith leaders from around New York came to the Capitol Tuesday to gain support in the state senate to adopt a statewide single payer health care system. It would be an alternative to the national Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which Republicans in Congress and President Trump have been trying to dismantle.

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Republican leaders in the Vermont legislature are asking for a federal investigation of the state's spending on its health care exchange and reforms, with a particular focus on a contract with embattled health economist Jonathan Gruber.

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The Vermont Progressive Party has reaffirmed its support for a universal, publicly funded health care system for the state.

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Governor Peter Shumlin says he will release the details that led to his decision to abandon plans to make Vermont the first state in the country with a universal, publicly funded health care system.

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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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A consultant on health care to the Shumlin administration will finish out his work under a $450,000 contract with the state without getting any more money than the $160,000 he's already been paid.

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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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The surprisingly close result in Vermont’s governor’s race has pundits scratching their heads and trying to figure out why a Republican who was expected to get trounced came within a point of the two-term incumbent. Some are pointing to Governor Peter Shumlin’s push to single-payer health care and the rocky rollout of the state health care exchange as his key vulnerability.

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A Vermont lawmaker is suing the Shumlin administration to get information about how the governor plans to pay for the universal health care system his administration plans to launch by 2017.

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As Vermont moves toward a single-payer health care system, legislators must consider numerous infrastructure and fiscal changes. This week, a memo from one of the legislature’s consultants outlining suggestions to retool the health system revamp emerged.

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Some Vermont legislators are proposing to cut funding for the state’s transition to universal health care if the governor fails to provide a financial plan for the system by next January.

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The health care committee of the Vermont House is lining up some of the tasks that will have to be finished before the state rolls out the first-in-the-nation single payer health care system, now scheduled for 2017.

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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.


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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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and administration health officials outlined progress the state has made in its efforts to launch Vermont Health Connect - its version of the federally mandated healthcare exchange. The administration also announced that one of the leaders of the state’s move to a single-payer system is leaving.

Last week the New York State Assembly voted to impose a statewide moratorium on the controversial natural gas extraction process known as hydrofracking, following reports that Governor Andrew Cuomo was considering lifting the current ban on the practice now in place.

WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke recently with New York State Assemblyman Phil Steck, Democrat of the 110th district, which includes Colonie, Niskayuna and part of Schenectady. Steck voted for the fracking moratorium, despite his district not being targeted for natural gas development.

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A group opposed to Vermont’s transition to a single payer health care system released an analysis of documents that they claim prove the Shumlin administration is hiding information from the public about the cost of the plan.

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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 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.

Shumlin: VT Will Push Ahead with Health Overhaul

Jun 27, 2012
Vermont Governor's Office

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says the state will push ahead with an overhaul of its health care system, no matter what the U.S. Supreme Court does with the federal Affordable Care Act.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

Shumlin tells The Associated Press he's worried that if the law is struck down in its entirety, the state could lose up to $400 million a year in federal funding it had been hoping to use to subsidize universal access to health care.