VPIRG believes that all Vermonters have the right to access high quality affordable health care.
Right now, twenty cents of every dollar we spend goes to pay for health care costs, and a third of all Vermonters either can’t afford their health insurance, or they have no insurance at all. We need to fix our broken system by driving down the costs, and engaging the public in important decisions around our state’s health care future. Our job is to ensure that the voice of average Vermonters is heard as we fight to create system that is fair, affordable and ensures everyone has access to the quality care they need.
Recent Health Care News & Updates
Updated (5/24/2018): Gov. Phil Scott has vetoed H.196, the paid family and medical leave bill. Although the governor has been a vocal opponent to a paid family and medical leave program, VPIRG and allies had hoped he would heed the message of Vermont’s working families, small businesses, and public interest advocates who have demonstrated overwhelming ...Read More
While much attention has rightfully been focused on Congress’ and the president’s efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Vermonters still have important health care concerns to address here at home. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and MVP Health Care have recently proposed rate hikes of 12.7% and 7.7% respectively to their 2018 ...Read More
This session, the Vermont Senate passed a bill that would have weakened the state’s existing strong law banning gifts from pharmaceutical and medical device companies to Vermont medical professionals. More and more, researchers are finding that gifts – even as seemingly insignificant as a free meal – have a real impact on consequent decisions made by ...Read More
On Sunday, January 15th, we stood among over 1,000 Vermonters at the Burlington rally for health care, held in conjunction with over 70 other events across the country organized by Senator Bernie Sanders. Together, we stood for the tens of millions of Americans who have gained access to health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act, ...Read More
Right now, twenty cents of every dollar we earn as Vermonters goes to pay for health care costs. On top of that, a third of all Vermonters either can’t afford their health insurance, or they have no health insurance at all. Costs are far outpacing economic growth, meaning that for the average Vermonter health care is becoming ...Read More
This week Governor Shumlin signed S.20 into law, making Vermont the fourth state in the nation to allow dental therapists to provide dental care. Dental therapists will be licensed Vermont hygienists with additional education and training, so that they can offer some of the most needed dental procedures such as fillings and simple extractions. Governor Shumlin was ...Read More
Today Governor Shumlin made it easier for all Vermonters to access contraceptives by signing bill H.620 into law. In a ceremony on the State House steps, the Governor, legislative allies, and advocates discussed the need to guarantee access to birth control, and the stark contrast between Vermont and other states where politicians are trying to in ...Read More
You may have heard that the just-completed 2016 legislative session was lacking in big ideas or major accomplishments. While it’s true that the looming election and pending retirement of many prominent legislators was a distraction this year, it did not prevent real progress on a number of important fronts. That’s important because many of the challenges ...Read More