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Last Friday, the Senate passed S.42, a bill that would require at least one health care professional be appointed to the Green Mountain Care Board. The bill passed the Senate on a voice vote and has now been assigned to the House Health Care Committee, where they have many competing priorities....
This is an extremely busy week in the legislature, as it is the last week before the legislature goes home to their districts for the week and Town Meeting Day. When lawmakers come back, they will be in the last week before the crossover deadline, in which all bills that have not been taken up this...
Abortion Access Bill Passed the House By a Vote of 106-37 Last week, after fielding roughly two dozen amendments that would have added restrictions to the current practice of abortion in Vermont, the Vermont House passed H.57, the bill that would codify in state statute the right to abortion...
Please Take Action! Share Your Support for H.57 and Protect Vermont Women's Access to Reproductive Rights The House Human Services Committee needs to hear from Vermonters that supportH.57, a bill that would codify in state statute the right to reproductive health, including abortion services....
The Senate Judiciary Committee is beginning testimony this week on S. 54, a bill that would allow commercial sales of recreational marijuana. In its current form, the bill also overhauls the marijuana for symptom relief program. VMS opposes these changes and urges members to contact the Senate...
The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed S.54, the bill to create a tax and regulate system for cannabis and also contains proposals regarding the marijuana for symptom relief program. THis bill heads to the Senate floor this week. The Judiciary Committee will consider another bill this week, S....
Valentine's Day was that much sweeter spent with all of the Vermont Medical Society members and residents who participated in the VMS Advocacy Day 2019 last week! We started out our snowy day with an interactive breakfast panel in a packed room in the Statehouse. Dr. Kat McGraw, Dr. Steve Leffler,...
At a meeting of the Medicaid and Exchange Advisory Board, the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) presented an overview of its ACO prior authorization waiver program. In 2017, DVHA signed a one-year Medicaid Next Generation ACO pilot contract with OneCare Vermont. Because the ACO assumes...
Do you have an idea for a physician networking, social or other professional event? Beginning in 2019, VMS will have funding available to host regional events aimed at fostering networking and collegiality among the medical profession. This funding is available due to a bylaws change passed by...
The threatening Nor'Easter this weekend did nothing to dim the warm spirit of conviviality and community at the 205th VMS Annual Meeting, hosted in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, Vermont Academy of Family Physicians and the Vermont Psychiatric Association in...

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