Statement on Governor's Proposed Budget
Today, Jeff Tieman, VAHHS President & CEO expressed concern that Governor Scott's proposed budget cuts could negatively impact Vermont hospitals.
"Vermont hospitals provide extraordinary care to Vermont patients and communities, as Governor Scott recognized in his budget address on January 24, 2017. Even with the uncertainty of the future of health care in our country, Vermont hospitals are moving forward with an innovative, state-designed reform initiative to optimize how Vermonters receive care, while saving money for the system and patients.
As these changes occur at the federal and state level, cuts to reimbursement create new difficulties, which is why the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems is opposed to the Governor’s proposed reduction in Disproportionate Share Payments. Disproportionate Share Payments help hospitals care for the most vulnerable patients, and any cuts during this uncertain time make more challenging the important work of transforming our health care system.
VAHHS will work with legislators and the Administration to ensure hospitals are in a strong and stable position as we approach the next wave of health care reform."