Find out why downtown Burlington's relationship with The University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen is important to you and your business! Hear from: Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, Fletcher Allen CEO Dr. John Brumstead, and UVM President Tom Sullivan.
Host Brett Gaskill speaks with Wendy Wilton, Rutland Treasurer and former Rutland County State Senator, former advisor to Vermont Small Business Development Center, on the issue of there not being a financing plan for the proposed Vermont Single Payer Healthcare System. Sponsored by the Green Mountain Patriots.
Neighborhood Planning Assemblies (NPAs) are grassroots, neighborhood organizations that were established in each of Burlington's seven Wards to encourage citizen participation in City government. Working as neighborhood advocacy groups, Neighborhood Planning Assemblies help improve communication between the citizens of Burlington and City government through regular meetings scheduled in each Ward. Ward 6 meets the first Thursday of the month. Meeting place: Greek Orthodox Church 600 South Willard Street.
In this segment of Vermont in Focus, we look at the issue of a financing plan for Green Mountain Care, Vermont's ground-breaking universal health care plan slated for roll out in 2017. Who's job is it? When will we know how we'll pay for it
'Observation Status' is a Medicarie designation for a hospital stay that patients experience as inpatients receiving care, but that Medicare considers outpatient. Increasingly, many Vermonters, like seniors across the country, have already suffered financial hardship particularly with rehab and nursing home bills when they transfer from the hospital from a short stay because Medicare will not cover them if they have been on 'observation status'. Virginia Milkey, Executive Director of the Community of Vermont Elders (COVE), Statewide Senior Health Insurance Program coordinator, Michael Richards, and Rachel Seelig, Vermont Long Term Care Ombudsmen, through Vermont Legal Aid, provide insights into the issue.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) hosts state leaders, Mary Wakefield, who heads the Health Resources and Services Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services, and Associate Administrator Jim Macrae to discuss what the senator has called a crisis in primary care in the United States.
A Sanders provision in the Affordable Care Act authorized $11 billion to build, expand, and operate Federally Qualified Health Centers. The locally-run centers offer affordable primary, dental and mental health care and low-cost prescription drugs. In Vermont, there were only two community health centers a decade ago. This year, 11 centers across the state will serve about 163,000 patients. That’s more than one in four people in the state and one of the highest participation rates in the country.
Sanders, who chairs a Senate panel on health care, has introduced legislation to attract more doctors and other health care providers to primary care. His bill would boost funding for community health centers; dramatically increase opportunities for medical school graduates to go into family medicine; raise Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates for primary care providers; and expand National Health Service Corps loan and scholarship programs for primary care providers.
Neighborhood Planning Assemblies (NPAs) are grassroots, neighborhood organizations that were established in each of Burlington's seven Wards to empower citizen participation in City government. Working as neighborhood advocacy groups, Neighborhood Planning Assemblies facilitate communication between the citizens of Burlington and city government through regular meetings scheduled in each Ward. Wards 4 & 7 meet the third Tuesday of the month. Meeting place: Robert E. Miller Community Center 130 Gosse Court.
More on Redistricting: http://www.burlingtonvt.gov/CityCouncil/Ward-Redistricting/
An Update with moderator Deb Richter, MD and VT House Reps. Leigh Dakin, Kathy Hoyt, Alison Clarkson, and Jim Masland, panelists.