Jim Leddy, the president of AARP in Vermont
and a former state senator, says a new survey indicates that the number of under-insured
people in the state is growing at an alarming rate, and that lawmakers need to expand the state’s health program.
AARP Vermont is pushing to expand one of the state’s Catamount Health
program to cover small businesses. Opponents say move would compromise
the financial stability of Catamount. We’ll
debate the issue, and we continue our series of interview on how
Vermonters are reducing their environmental impact.
AARP Vermont says it will use its political
muscle to work for an expansion of the state’s Catamount Health program. The group, which represents older Americans, wants Vermont’s
small businesses to be able to enroll in Catamount.
The House and Senate health committees had goals
of extending the state’s health care programs to cover more Vermonters who are
lacking health insurance, but those plans fell short. We check in with Sen. Doug Racine and Rep.
Steve Maier. Also, we visit a program where young single mothers are learning how to make
jewelry. And we continue our essay series, My Vermont.
Here are the top stories at 7:30 a.m.:
lawmakers appear skeptical about Gov. Jim Douglas’ economic stimulus package —
doubtful about its details and doubtful they can enact his ideas in the last
couple of weeks of the legislative session;
A fledgling high-speed
Internet network comprised of 25-towns has been rejected for funding by the Vermont
Senator Doug Racine and Representative Steven
with VPR’s Steve Zind about whether lawmakers can reach a goal of insuring 96%
of Vermonters while working within the constraints of a tight budget.
The Legislature’s health care committees are continuing to work on
improvements to state’s health care plans. We examine the goal of insuring 96
percent of Vermonters while working within the constraints of a tight
budget. Also on the program, a second look at a controversy over
an old cemetery in Hartland.