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To help with the mitigation of the spread of COVID-19, federal and state governments have passed a host of measures that waive certain standard regulations and guidelines that could make it harder for hospitals and other health care providers to fight the virus. Read a summary here.
If you’ve ever wondered what the opposite of social distancing looks like, the Vermont State House is a good approximation. It has hundreds of people crammed together in very small rooms with very little air circulation. Normally, this is slightly uncomfortable, but the atmosphere shifted to a palpable…
Fewer than 10 days ago, COVID-19 wasn’t even a commonly known term, let alone one that dominated our media coverage and email inboxes. Last week, we had our first patient in Vermont at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. Then we saw another at UVM Medical Center in Burlington. Meanwhile, the states…
If you're following the news, you have very likely heard a lot about COVID-19, a new coronavirus. Across the country, people scramble as they try to follow the guidelines set forth by health officials, which can change by the day. Additionally, social media articles and pictures can easily distort the…
Last Week Another vote on overriding a veto! Another one-vote margin! But unlike with paid family and medical leave, this vote went in the other direction and passed minimum wage into law. The new law raises the minimum wage to $11.75 in 2021 and $12.55 in 2022. After 2022, the minimum wage will be…
There’s always a part of the session where I’m reminded that advocating for hospitals goes beyond health care.  That happened this week as I found myself testifying in the House Transportation Committee on travel demand management plans (TDMs).  The proposed legislation requires all large employers to…
Two weeks ago, the legislature failed to override Governor Scott’s veto on paid family and medical leave. Last week, Governor Scott wielded his veto power yet again, this time on S.23, the minimum wage bill that would increase the hourly wage to $12.55 per hour by 2022. The Senate quickly overrode the…
VAHHS Legislative Update Whew, what a week!  In the first veto override vote in over 10 years, the House failed to override the governor’s veto on paid family and medical leave by one vote.  Minimum wage landed on the governor’s desk on Tuesday.  He has five days to veto it, so we should hear news imminently. …
Things keep moving at a brisk pace at the State House. In terms of the big broad initiatives, the Senate passed the minimum wage bill with a vote of 23-6. The bill, which would raise the minimum wage to $12.55 per hour by 2022, goes to the governor’s desk and a possible veto. Speaking of which, the governor…
Last Thursday, I was honored to join a lively panel discussion on the early successes of Vermont’s all-payer model (APM). Governor Scott kicked off the event, saying how important it is to understand our state’s value-based care work and continue collective efforts to bend the cost curve.   The panel…
To help with the mitigation of the spread of COVID-19, federal and state governments have passed a host of measures that waive certain standard regulations and guidelines that could make it harder for hospitals and other health care providers to fight the virus. Read a summary here.
If you’ve ever wondered what the opposite of social distancing looks like, the Vermont State House is a good approximation. It has hundreds of people crammed together in very small rooms with very little air circulation. Normally, this is slightly uncomfortable, but the atmosphere shifted to a palpable…
Fewer than 10 days ago, COVID-19 wasn’t even a commonly known term, let alone one that dominated our media coverage and email inboxes. Last week, we had our first patient in Vermont at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. Then we saw another at UVM Medical Center in Burlington. Meanwhile, the states…
If you're following the news, you have very likely heard a lot about COVID-19, a new coronavirus. Across the country, people scramble as they try to follow the guidelines set forth by health officials, which can change by the day. Additionally, social media articles and pictures can easily distort the…
Last Week Another vote on overriding a veto! Another one-vote margin! But unlike with paid family and medical leave, this vote went in the other direction and passed minimum wage into law. The new law raises the minimum wage to $11.75 in 2021 and $12.55 in 2022. After 2022, the minimum wage will be…
There’s always a part of the session where I’m reminded that advocating for hospitals goes beyond health care.  That happened this week as I found myself testifying in the House Transportation Committee on travel demand management plans (TDMs).  The proposed legislation requires all large employers to…
Two weeks ago, the legislature failed to override Governor Scott’s veto on paid family and medical leave. Last week, Governor Scott wielded his veto power yet again, this time on S.23, the minimum wage bill that would increase the hourly wage to $12.55 per hour by 2022. The Senate quickly overrode the…
VAHHS Legislative Update Whew, what a week!  In the first veto override vote in over 10 years, the House failed to override the governor’s veto on paid family and medical leave by one vote.  Minimum wage landed on the governor’s desk on Tuesday.  He has five days to veto it, so we should hear news imminently. …
Things keep moving at a brisk pace at the State House. In terms of the big broad initiatives, the Senate passed the minimum wage bill with a vote of 23-6. The bill, which would raise the minimum wage to $12.55 per hour by 2022, goes to the governor’s desk and a possible veto. Speaking of which, the governor…
Last Thursday, I was honored to join a lively panel discussion on the early successes of Vermont’s all-payer model (APM). Governor Scott kicked off the event, saying how important it is to understand our state’s value-based care work and continue collective efforts to bend the cost curve.   The panel…