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
One law is helping Vermont take huge strides toward a more transparent health care system, where insurance companies are held accountable for denying legitimate claims, and for spending your premium dollars on advertising and lobbying, not on health care. Thanks to a bill thought up, researched, drafted, advocated for, and supported by VPIRG and its members, ...Read More
Early Victory on Health Insurance Rate Review: Last week, the Senate Finance Committee passed a strong bill that makes the process of approving health insurer rates more efficient and transparent. The bill gives the Green Mountain Care Board the sole authority to approve, deny, or modify health insurance rates and creates a shorter and more predictable ...Read More
VPIRG’s been working with the Department of Vermont Care Access, who’s offering tailor-made town meeting day information kits are available at the Vermont Health Connect website. Click here to help spread the word about upcoming changes and get the information you need to start comparing health plans! The Health Benefit Exchange, required by the federal Affordable Care Act, ...Read More
Health care reform can be confusing. That’s why as promised, our experts got to work answering your questions immediately following our webinar on February 12th. The result? A comprehensive list of frequently asked questions and corresponding answers compiled by the VPIRG health care team, and our friends at the Department of Vermont Health Access. To view the FAQ ...Read More
In communities across Vermont, citizens are bringing solutions to town. Whether its town meeting resolutions to keep Vermont free of tar sands oil or spreading critical information about upcoming changes to health care, check to see what’s on the docket in your community.Read More
Today, the House Health Care Committee passed a bill that would provide additional state subsidies in 2014 for low and middle income Vermonters eligible for Catamount and VHAP. Specifically, those who are required to enroll in new insurance plans through the Health Benefit Exchange. The committee voted 7-4 in favor of the bill that also ...Read More
Last night, over 100 individuals from across the Green Mountain State had their health care questions answered in real time by top experts in the field. A big thanks goes out to all of our presenters; Dan Barlow from VT Businesses for Social Responsibility, Georgia Maheras from the Green Mountain Care Board, Emily Yahr and Sean ...Read More
The first big change we will see in our health care system is coming in less than a year. Starting in October, individuals and small businesses will start buying their insurance through Vermont Health Connect, also known as the exchange, which is required by the Affordable Care Act. To give you a better idea of ...Read More