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April 09, 2012

Notice of a Public Hearing and Public Listening Sessions on Benefit Design in the New Green Mountain Care Single Payer System

This spring the Agency of Administration and the Green Mountain Care Board are seeking input from the public on the benefits to be included in the design of a single payer system for Vermont.

To that end, there will be a public hearing and a series of listening sessions held over the next few months. Under Act 48 of 2011, the Shumlin Administration will recommend benefits to be included in the design of Green Mountain Care, the single payer system, as part of the financing plans to be considered by the legislature in 2013. Approval of the Green Mountain Care Board also is required for the benefit recommendations.

Public Hearing

The Administration and the Board will jointly host a public hearing on May 31st, 2012 from 3:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. This hearing is open to the public but is targeted specifically to the healthcare provider and patient advocate community. The hearing will be held using Vermont Interactive Technologies video-conferencing. Individuals can attend the hearing in Montpelier or any one of 10-13 sites around the state. It will begin with a brief presentation to be followed by public testimony. If you are a healthcare provider or patient advocate we hope that you will join us on this date to share your perspective on benefits and benefit design that should be included in the single payer plan.

Each individual wishing to speak will be given a set amount of time depending on attendance. Please e-mail SOV.HCR@state.vt.us or call Marisa Melamed at 802-828-2316 to sign up in advance. Those who sign up by May 24th will be given preference for the timeframe they would like to speak in. When you call or write please indicate 1) Your name 2) Your town 3) Your title or affiliation, if applicable; and 4) the best time for you to speak between 3:30 and 7:00 p.m. on May 31st.

For a list of VIT video-conferencing sites please call Marisa or visit the Health Care Reform website at www.hcr.vermont.gov.

Agency of Administration Listening Sessions

Additionally, the Agency of Administration will host six public listening sessions around the state to present information on benefit design options and gain input from the public through small group conversations. The format will be similar to the format used for the financing listening sessions. The presentation will include information about current benefit design, the charge in Act 48 regarding benefits, and the process for designing the care and benefits provided by Green Mountain Care. Participants will use the informational presentation and their own experiences to offer input on the potential impact of different benefit designs. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

April 25: Brattleboro, Marlboro College Grad Center, 6:00 8:00 p.m.

May 2: Burlington, City Hall, Contois Auditorium, 6:00 8:00 p.m.

May 8: Rutland, Rutland Library, Fox Room, 6:00 8:00 p.m.

May 16: Bennington, Firehouse, 6:00 8:00 p.m.

June 7: St. Johnsbury, Catamount Arts, 6:00 8:00 p.m.

TBD: Upper Valley

This information can also be found here: http://hcr.vermont.gov/benefits_listening_sessions

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: April 09, 2012 09:11:04