Lawmakers are reconsidering the philosophical and religious exemption to the childhood immunization law in the face of a rise in pertussis (whooping cough) cases. They’re also set to discuss the contentious end-of-life bill next week. VPR’s Bob Kinzel talks with Peter Biello about the week in legislative news.
of middle income Vermonters could see their health care costs spike when a
new federal exchange goes into place in 2014. A group of advocates is urging the Legislature to
create a special state subsidy program to make up the difference.
The federal government has agreed to help Vermont subsidize a state health insurance program. Governor
Jim Douglas says the federal payments should save the state about $9 million over the next two years.
people have health coverage in Vermont as the state has rolled out new programs aimed at
covering the uninsured. But
a new survey shows that cost remains a major barrier, despite state subsidies
of insurance premiums.