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
Before closing out the 2015 legislative session, lawmakers came to agreement on a health care reform package that moved forward important reform policy, and made necessary financial investments. The three million dollar package that passed the legislature is a shadow of the 90 million dollars originally proposed in the governor’s budget address, but it does contain ...Read More
This commentary originally ran in the Times Argus on May 1. We have an oral health crisis in Vermont. Thousands of Vermonters go without needed dental care every single year — in 2011 and 2012, nearly 100,000 people didn’t get care. And, if you live in Vermont and you get your dental insurance through Medicaid or ...Read More
Today, S.20, a bill that allows dental therapists to practice in Vermont, passed the Senate floor on an 18 – 8 vote. This legislation, sponsored by Sen. Claire Ayer (D-Addison), Sen. Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden), and Sen. Jeanette White (D-Windham), will increase access to affordable, quality dental care for all Vermonters. Sponsor and Chair of the Government Operations ...Read More
This week the Government Operations Committee voted 4-1 to pass legislation to allow mid-level dental providers (called dental therapists) to expand the dental team in Vermont. The Committee took testimony a wide range of stakeholders including advocates, and oral health professionals from across the country. Some of the most compelling testimony came on Tuesday afternoon when ...Read More
This week the House Health Care Committee took decisive action to make health care in Vermont more affordable, accessible, and equitable. The Committee voted 7-2-2 to fund a wide-sweeping package of health care reform initiatives, funded with a 0.3% payroll tax and a two cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks. One of the most notable initiatives funded ...Read More
Right now Vermonters have an important chance to help improve 2016 Vermont Health Connect plans. The Department of Vermont Health Access has proposed increasing the out of pocket expenditure for a number of the most popular plans on Vermont Health Connect. Though many of these increases are required to keep Vermont Health Connect in line with federal ...Read More
Today VPIRG and allies from the Vermont Oral Health Care for All Coalition gathered at the State House to voice support for legislation that would expand Vermont’s dental workforce. S.20 and H.1 would allow Licensed Dental Practitioners to provide dental services in the state of Vermont and address dental access issues faced by Vermont. Click here ...Read More
Governor Shumlin’s recent decision to shelve plans to move forward with Universal Health Care surprised many in the Health Care Policy world. In light of this, here at VPIRG we are still determined and dedicated to bringing health care reform to Vermonters. Click here to read a recent VTDigger Op-Ed written by VPIRG’s own Falko Schilling unpacking our thoughts and ...Read More