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 & Updates
The Access to Birth Control bill, H.620, is on track to become law after the Vermont General Assembly approved the measure Wednesday. With strong tri-partisan support, the bill passed 128-15-7 in the House and by unanimous voice vote in the Senate. This comprehensive legislation will increase access to the full range of reproductive health care, by ...Read More
After more than five years of debate, the legislature passed a measure on Friday that allows dental therapists to practice in Vermont! Dental therapists are mid-level dental providers with a scope of practice greater than a hygienist, but more limited than a dentist. Dental therapists will be licensed hygienists who can also perform some of the ...Read More
Today the House of Representatives passed S.20, a bill that will allow dental therapists to practice in Vermont. Dental therapists are mid-level dental providers that can perform more procedures than a hygienist, but fewer procedures than a dentist. Dental therapists are part of the dental team in Alaska, Minnesota and more than 50 countries around the ...Read More
Today the House Human Services committee voted 9-2 in favor of advancing S.20, a bill that would allow dental therapists to offer care in Vermont. Dental therapists are dental professionals with a scope of practice beyond that of a hygienist, but not as expansive as a dentist. Dental therapists are part of the dental workforce in ...Read More
The Vermont House passed H.620, the Access to Birth Control bill, sending it to the Senate for consideration. This is a huge step forward for family planning, economic security, and other issues that are greatly impacted by unintended pregnancies! In Vermont, nearly half of pregnancies are unplanned. H.620 will do a few things to help reduce unplanned ...Read More
This week, the House Human Services committee resumed testimony on S.20, the bill to establish dental therapists in Vermont. The committee is the first in the House to take up the bill after it passed the Senate last year. Hearing from a range of advocates, including VPIRG’s Falko Schilling, dental professionals, administrators and analysts, the committee ...Read More
This month the US Supreme Court struck down portions of Vermont’s health care disclosure law requiring large employers to report what they are paying for health care procedures. The case arose from Liberty Mutual Insurance’s assertion that they shouldn’t be required to report information to the Vermont Health Care Uniform Reporting and Evaluation System (VHCURES) because ...Read More
Before lawmakers traveled back to their districts for Town Meeting Day break, members of the House Human Services and Government Operations committees hosted a joint hearing to learn more about how dental therapists are helping improve access in Minnesota. The star witness was Dr. Leon Assael, DMD, Dean of the Minnesota Dental School. As the dean of ...Read More