Ensuring all Vermonters have access to 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

Over 700 Individuals Call for Consistent Coverage

Over 700 Individuals Call for Consistent Coverage

Statement of VPIRG Consumer Protection Advocate Falko Schilling on Keeping Consistent Coverage for Vermonters on VHAP and Catamount Catamount and VHAP have made health care more accessible for thousands of Vermonters. We need to make sure we keep consistent coverage to everyone as we transition to the Health Benefits Exchange in 2014. Over the past couple ...

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Local Activist Calls for Increased Health Care Education

Local Activist Calls for Increased Health Care Education

Participation is a must (printed February 05, 2013 in the Times Argus Opinions/Letters) It is time to participate in health care reform. The term “health care” in this country has sadly become an oxymoron. Our health care does not represent the values of decent Americans. Keeping the status quo in this country is unacceptable. The very system that is supposed ...

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Statement on Governor Shumlin’s Green Mountain Care Financing Proposal

Governor Peter Shumlin today announced the proposed funding mechanism for Green Mountain Care, the state’s publicly financed universal health care system called for in Act 48. The following is the statement of VPIRG Consumer Protection Advocate, Falko Schilling: VPIRG supports a health care funding system where everyone pays their fair share and everyone benefits.  The options ...

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2013 Legislative Preview

2013 Legislative Preview

Health Care  | Environmental Health  |  Clean Energy Democracy  |  Consumer Protection (Click one of these categories to skip to a specific section.) Health Care Health Care for All, and Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize For years, Vermont has been a leader in making health care accessible and affordable.  Our long term goal is a single payer model that will ...

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2013 Health Care Legislative Preview

2013 Health Care Legislative Preview

Health Care for All, and Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize For years, Vermont has been a leader in making health care accessible and affordable.  Our long term goal is a single payer model that will control costs while providing high quality care for every Vermonter.  As a critical first step, this year Vermont will begin ...

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Health Care Reform: Full Steam Ahead

Health Care Reform: Full Steam Ahead

Late last week, Vermont’s health benefits exchange plan was approved by the federal government. This means that Vermont with join nineteen other states who have been given the green light to proceed with implementing their insurance exchanges. The state will now move full steam ahead in creating the Vermont Health Connect web portal, where individuals ...

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Consumer Comments Make the Difference

Consumer Comments Make the Difference

In December VPIRG sent an update to its members letting them know about a proposed 15% rate increase by MVP Health Care on their individually insured consumers.  Not only was MVP asking for a 15% increase, but they proposed to use approximately a third of patient’s premium dollars to pay for administrative expenses and profits. ...

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