Breaking News!

GREEN MOUNTAIN CARE BOARD ANNOUNCES SOUTHERN VERMONT BOARD MEETINGS 

In an effort to make the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) more accessible to Vermonters across the State the GMCB has planned two days of public meetings in Southern Vermont. The Board has previously held traveling meetings in Rutland and Burlington, and plans to hold future meetings in the Northeast Kingdom. The Board will meet with community partners during the day and hold public meetings in the afternoon and evening. The Bennington meeting will feature presentations by the Bennington Community Collaborative on the development of Accountable Community for Health and the Brattleboro meeting will feature a panel on telemedicine.   

WHERE/WHEN: 

  • Monday, October 30th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) Symposium at Bennington College. CAPA is located at 1 College Drive, Bennington, VT. A campus map can be viewed here: map
  • Tuesday, October 31st from 1:00-3:30 pm at the Brattleboro Retreat Conference Center at 1 Anna Marsh Lane, Brattleboro, VT. Directions and parking information can be found here: parking
     

GREEN MOUNTAIN CARE BOARD MEETINGS IN OCTOBER

Thursday, October 5th: GMCB Meeting (1:00 pm)

  • ACO Oversight Ruling
  • Located in the GMCB Board Room on the 2nd Floor of the City Center Building at 89 Main Street, Montpelier VT

Thursday, October 12th: No Meeting Scheduled

Wednesday, October 18th: GMCB Advisory Committee Meeting (10:00am – 12:00pm)

  • Location TBD

Thursday, October 19th: GMCB Meeting (1:00 pm)

  • TBD
  • Located in the GMCB Board Room on the 2nd Floor of the City Center Building at 89 Main Street, Montpelier VT

Thursday, October 26th: No Meeting Scheduled

Please visit our Health Care Reform page for a link to this notice and other GMCB updates.


Breaking News!

No ACA Repeal and Replace under 2017 Reconciliation Process – What’s Next?

On September 26, Senate Republican leadership determined the Graham-Cassidy bill, which would repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), did not have enough support to bring up for a vote by the Senate. This bill was the Senate’s final attempt to repeal and replace the ACA under the fiscal year 2017 reconciliation rules, which expire on September 30.

Click here for link to full article.




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