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

News Release: VPIRG Statement on Supreme Court Decision

News Release: VPIRG Statement on Supreme Court Decision

For Immediate Release: June 28, 2012 Statement of VPIRG Executive Director Paul Burns on U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Health Reform Law The decision is in, and it looks like good news for health care reform here in Vermont and across the country.  The Supreme Court has upheld many of the key provisions of the federal health ...

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Health Reform Bill Signed

Health Reform Bill Signed

Continuing progress to affordable care for all Vermonters Gov. Shumlin signed another major VPIRG priority into law.  This one advances Vermont toward our goal of high quality, affordable health care for all.  The bill, H.559, creates a consumer Health Benefit Exchange where individuals and businesses with fewer than 50 employees will get their health insurance beginning ...

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2012 Legislative Accomplishments

2012 Legislative Accomplishments

The 2012 legislative session marked another busy and successful year in advocacy for the public interest. We came into the session with ambitious plans – from taking on the Oil and Gas Industry to ban fracking to initiating a campaign to require GMO labeling to standing up to health insurers and making sure they ...

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Legislative Updates: In Brief

Legislative Updates: In Brief

The end of the legislative session is always lively. While things are changing by the minute, here’s a snapshot of where things stand with the public interest bills on the eve of the session’s close.

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Pulling the Curtain Back on Health Insurers

Pulling the Curtain Back on Health Insurers

The health insurance fog is about to lift. S.200, VPIRG’s signature health reform initiative this year, sailed through the Senate and got even stronger in the House.  The bill would force health insurance companies to pull the curtain back on claims denial, profit, and influence.  Information is power and S.200 is key to ensuring that Vermonters ...

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Health Care Justice Prevails in Montpelier

Health Care Justice Prevails in Montpelier

Vermonters won two big health care victories in the State House this week. The big health reform bill (H.559) passed the Senate by a vote of 20-7. The bill lays the groundwork for Vermont’s health insurance exchange, a requirement of the federal Health Care Law, and moves us one step closer to a health care system ...

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‘Cliffs Notes’ on Supreme Court Hearings

'Cliffs Notes' on Supreme Court Hearings

Health Care was big news last week, from the Supreme Court to the Vermont Legislature. With all the coverage and endless political commentary, it can be hard to get a sense of what’s really going on. Here are the ‘Cliffs Notes’ to help decode the latest happenings in Vermont and Washington D.C.

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Denied Claims Bill on to Senate Floor

Denied Claims Bill on to Senate Floor

Thanks to all of the calls and emails of VPIRG members and other activists, we are one step closer to requiring Vermont’s health insurers to provide detailed data to the state on the claims they deny. The Senate Health & Welfare committee unanimously passed the denied claims bill (S.200) last week prior to the ...

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