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.
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.
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.
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.