In his Budget speech last week, Governor Peter Shumlin
said that Vermonters enrolled in Catamount Health Care won’t face additional
financial burdens when the state’s new health care exchange goes into place next
January. But some health care advocates
say the Governor is following through on only half of that pledge.
Lawmakers have gotten their first look at the computer
software that will be used to implement Vermont’s Health
Care Exchange later this year. Creators
of the program are modeling it after popular travel websites.
Officials from Burlington’s Fletcher Allen Health Care, the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and other hospitals serving Vermont are joining to announce the creation of the nation’s first statewide "accountable care organization."
You may think breastfeeding is automatic- not
something mothers and babies have to learn how to do. In fact, a lot of new
mothers struggle with breastfeeding. The Affordable Care Act
requires insurance companies to cover visits with lactation consultants. We’ll learn about
what exactly lactation consultants do.
Double digit increases in
health care costs are posing a significant budget challenge to many school
boards across the state and local school officials are also feeling pressure
from Governor Peter Shumlin.
Green Mountain Care Board has capped overall hospital spending for next year at 3.75 percent. But the decision does
allow for higher spending if the money is targeted at specific cost saving
The Shumlin administration
says it’s on track to put the state’s health care exchange in place in October
of 2013. The exchange, which is a key
part of the federal Affordable Care Act, is where all individuals and small
businesses will purchase their health insurance beginning in January of 2014.