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

Have Your Say About New Insurance Rates

Have Your Say About New Insurance Rates

Next week the Green Mountain Care Board will be deciding if they will approve the proposed rates for health insurance plans to be offered on Vermont Health Connect next year, and they will be taking comments until 5:00pm Monday June 17th. Comment now! Vermont Health Connect is the new online marketplace where small businesses (50 or ...

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The Numbers Don’t Add Up

The Numbers Don’t Add Up

Vermont’s ground breaking denied claims disclosure law has been making a lot of news lately. Last year VPIRG worked to pass one of the nation’s strongest disclosure requirements for denied claims and non health related spending. Earlier this year Falko Schilling, VPIRG’s Consumer Protection Advocate, presented our initial findings to the House Health Care Committee. ...

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H.107 – Holding Health Insurers Accountable

H.107 – Holding Health Insurers Accountable

Revealing Health Insurance Industry Secrets – Last year, VPIRG led the effort to require health insurers to disclose financial data and new information on the number and type of health claims they deny (click here to see what we found!). Thanks to the passage of another VPIRG-backed bill this year, Vermonters will soon be able ...

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H.530 – Keep Vermont on the Path to Reform

H.530 – Keep Vermont on the Path to Reform

Preparations are well under way to launch “Vermont Health Connect,” the virtual insurance marketplace required by the federal Affordable Care Act, so legislators and the administration spent much of the session considering how the transition would impact Vermonters who have subsidized insurance plans now. VPIRG urged policy makers to keep coverage consistent for those eligible ...

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Legislative Accomplishments 2013

Legislative Accomplishments 2013

The legislative session is over, and the results are in.  Here at VPIRG, we’re celebrating the victories that our members helped to bring about. Thank you! Of course, we didn’t win every fight.  The Legislature failed to commit the necessary resources to weatherize our homes and businesses, for example.  But we’re taking the time to celebrate the ...

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Vermont Passes Consumer Centered Health Care Reform Bill

Vermont Passes Consumer Centered Health Care Reform Bill

The VPIRG-backed legislation that passed in the final hours of the 2013 legislative session will make it easier for consumers to hold insurers accountable when they try to raise your rates. Under the new law, consumers can sign up to receive notifications when their insurer is planning to hike rates, and can have their voices heard ...

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Pulling Back the Curtain on Denied Claims

Pulling Back the Curtain on Denied Claims

Last week, VPIRG Consumer Protection Advocate Falko Schilling presented the House Health Care Committee with one of the first comprehensive overviews of insurance claims denials in Vermont. The information was gathered from new reporting required by VPIRG backed legislation passed by the legislature last year. The new law pulls back the curtain on insurance claim denials ...

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One step closer to getting you the heads-up on your health care

One step closer to getting you the heads-up on your health care

The goal of S.152, which is headed to the Senate floor later this week, is simple: give you the heads-up when your health insurance company wants to raise your premiums.  The bill, which earned approval from the Senate Appropriations committee  on March 22, will make the process of reviewing proposed rate hikes both simpler and ...

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