Vermont

Post-election, federal leaders are debating changes to the ACA (Affordable Care Act) and whether it will continue in light of the goals put forth by the incoming Administration. Meanwhile, open enrollment for the health insurance marketplaces is in full swing, with some states reporting increased or record enrollment figures during these first weeks of enrollment […]

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  • Publications

    States are testing a myriad of models that strive to achieve the Triple Aim objectives of improved care, reduced health care costs, and better health. Though several statewide health care delivery and payment system reforms have been shown to help slow the growth of health care expenditures and improve methods for delivering health care, taken […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    On May 10, 2016, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed legislation limiting most first-time opioid prescriptions to seven days (Pub. Act 16-43). The Vermont General Assembly passed a similar bill earlier this month, which will require the state’s Health Commissioner to adopt rules governing opioid prescribing. (Note: The Vermont law was passed during the final week […]

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    May 17, 2016 | Filed under: Connecticut, State Health Policy Blog, Vermont
  • State Health Policy Blog

    Engaged in multi-payer payment reforms? Seeking information about the cost of care? About the rate of opioid prescribing? Assessing carriers to generate needed revenue to support state activities like vaccines for children? You might soon hit a federal stoplight. The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Gobeille v Liberty Mutual, which denied the state’s ability to […]

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  • In a 6-2 decision in Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual released on March 1, the U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a blow to state all- payer claims databases. By upholding a lower court’s decision, the Court ruled that states may no longer require self funded plans to submit claims data – that action is preempted by ERISA. […]

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    February 23, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, Landing Page, State Refor(u)m, Vermont
  • State of State speeches provide governors with an opportunity to highlight recent policy successes as well as outline key plans and issue areas of focus for the coming year. These speeches are generally strong indicators of governors’ main priorities and sometimes also include specific proposal suggestions and funding recommendations for deliberation by legislatures. Currently, 31 […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    We recently published a brief on efforts underway in Maryland, Massachusetts, and Vermont to develop and implement global budgeting. Last week, Vermont took the next step, releasing an overview of its proposal to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for an all-payer model. Vermont’s approach distinguishes itself by setting spending targets for almost […]

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    February 2, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, Payment Reform, State Health Policy Blog, Vermont
  • Publications

    In the five years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 17 states and the District of Columbia have created health insurance exchanges and 30 states and the District have expanded their Medicaid programs to cover low-income populations.  More than 16 million people are newly insured under the law. In addition to expanding health coverage, […]

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  • Publications

    On December 2nd, the US Supreme Court will take up Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual, a case which could limit states’ ability to collect essential data to advance payment reforms, address cost and quality and assure consumers have information and access to care. At issue is whether or not a state can compel a self-insured employer to […]

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    November 24, 2015 | Filed under: Front Page, Publications, State Refor(u)m, Vermont
  • State Health Policy Blog

    On November 1, health insurance marketplaces officially opened to millions of individuals for 2016 enrollment. Early reports indicate a smooth launch of the open enrollment season, partially due to several new tools to ease enrollment and renewal processes for marketplace consumers. Smarter Plan Comparison Tools Recent articles have featured the many new shopping tools available […]

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