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
Here at VPIRG, we understand that rising health care costs are taking their toll on family budgets, with no end in sight. However, we are lucky enough to live in a state that allows us to do something about it. The process is called rate review, and Vermont’s rate review program is one of the best ...Read More
Last week the Green Mountain Care Board narrowly voted to not include dental coverage for adults in the state’s new “health benefit exchange”. Required by the federal Affordable Care Act, the exchange is the online marketplace where Vermonters who are self insured or work for small businesses will get their health care coverage starting in 2014. ...Read More
Over the next year and a half Vermont is going to be making big changes in how we deal with health care. This is why VPIRG is partnering with a number of other organizations to sponsor health care forums across the state. These forums are a great opportunity to find out what health care reform ...Read More
The Vermont Public Interest Research Group released its 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard on public interest issues today. As the state’s largest consumer and environmental advocacy organization, VPIRG is involved in a broad range of policy debates in Montpelier, from health care reform to banning fracking. The 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard tracks votes on clean energy, health care, consumer protection, green cleaning, ...Read More
Health Care intern Alison Stokes was a major part of VPIRG’s work to let Vermonters know what federal health care reform will mean for their daily lives. As part of this work Alison drafted VPIRG’s “Underinsured Report” which will be published later this fall.Read More
VPIRG summer interns worked hard on research, grassroots organizing and more. We extend a huge THANK YOU to these five dedicated, smart members of the team. Click the links below to learn their stories. Clean Energy Intern – Brian Buckley Brian Buckley is one of two clean energy interns working with VPIRG. A bona fide energy nerd, ...Read More
Timeline for Health Care Reform When the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act in June Vermonters had a much clearer idea of what health care reform will look like in our state over the next couple years. As required by federal law, Vermont has begun to set up our state “health benefit exchange” that will ...Read More
South Burlington resident and soon-to-be Connecticut College senior, Scott Britt, is interning with VPIRG’s Field team this summer. As a government major, he’s focused on learning how to inform and engage citizens on important issues of the day, from wind energy to the Bottle Bill. Having wasted no time getting his hands dirty, Scott has toured ...Read More