vnews.com 02 Oct, 2020 16:30 am

Five nonprofits call on Vermont officials to leave OneCare

Five nonprofits call on Vermont officials to leave OneCare
A group of nonprofits are calling on Gov. Phil Scott to abandon Vermont’s all-payer system and the state’s partnership with OneCare Vermont. The state’s health care experiment has added extra bureaucracy and cost, resources that should be directed to...

Deb Richter, a primary care physician who chairs Vermont Health Care for All.The state’s health care experiment has added extra bureaucracy and cost, resources that should be directed to increasing Vermonters’ access to health care, five organizations argued in a statement issued Monday.OneCare Vermont, a company that oversees the state’s health care reform efforts, collects money from insurance companies, Medicaid and Medicare and distributes it to hospitals in monthly payments.It was created to encourage hospitals to slow health care spending and improve care, by providing regular fixed payments.

Instead, the administrative costs are “sucking money out of the system that could be used for health care,” said Deb Richter, a primary care doctor who chairs Vermont Health Care for All.” Group representatives — which include two organizations that have been advocating for single-payer health care, the Vermont Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program and Vermont Health Care for All, as well as the racial justice organization Justice for All and the League of Women Voters of Vermont — said they hope to generate public pressure that will ultimately persuade legislators to cut bureaucratic costs and increase access to primary care.

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