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
With the first week of the 2015 Legislative Session wrapping up, check out VPIRG’s priorities for 2015! (Click the Program Name to jump to that section). Clean Energy Consumer Protection Elections & Government Reform Environmental Protection Health Care Toxics & Environmental Health Clean Energy Putting a Price on Pollution: With storms like Irene giving us a taste of what a future of global warming ...Read More
On Wednesday Governor Shumlin announced that after running the numbers, now is not the right time to move forward with a publicly financed universal health care system. The news came the day before the administration was set to present a proposed benefits package to the Green Mountain Care Board. Governor Shumlin said that he made ...Read More
The Green Mountain Care Board recently announced that they will hold their second annual informational forum on the rate review process, and the Board’s role in approving the rates all Vermonters pay for health insurance. This year’s forum will take place on Tuesday, December 2nd from 1-3 pm in the Green Mountain Care Board Room, ...Read More
VPIRG is proud to announce that we are joining the newly formed Green Mountain Care Coalition in calling on the State of Vermont to move forward in implementing a publicly financed universal health care system. The Green Mountain Care Coalition is made up of diverse organizations that believe that the best way to ensure Vermonters ...Read More
The Green Mountain Care Board announced Tuesday that they would making significant cuts to the proposed premium rate hikes by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBS) and MVP Health care. After receiving over 200 comments from VPIRG members and supporters, the Board cut BCBS and MVP’s proposed rates by 2.2% and 4.4% respectively. “The Board’s ...Read More
Vermonters already have the fifth most expensive health insurance plans in the country, and now Blue Cross Blue Shield and MVP have asked the Green Mountain Care Board to approve average premium increases of 9.8% and 15.4% respectively. If these premium hikes are approved, Vermont Health Connect coverage options could be some of the most expensive in ...Read More
When our lawmakers passed Act 48 in 2011, they laid out a vision of a health care system that provides health care for all Vermonters and is more fair, transparent and affordable than the status quo. We need to make sure that our legislators know that their constituents want them to stay the course of meaningful ...Read More
Earlier this week the State Auditor released a report outlining how the Green Mountain Care Board has not met their statutory duty to give consumers information about their health care costs. The Report showed that the state has the information necessary to let consumers look up the prices of health care procedures before they go ...Read More