Vermont

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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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Are States Losing Key Tools for Health Reform?

    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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  • Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual: Everything You Need to Know

    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

  • The State of State Health Policy: Governors’ 2016 State of the State Addresses

    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

    Vermont Takes Next Step in Global Budgeting: Releases All-Payer Model

    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

    Addressing and Reducing Health Care Costs in States: Global Budgeting Initiatives in Maryland, Massachusetts, and Vermont

    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

    What’s at Stake for States? The Lines are Drawn in Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual

    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

    And They’re Off: New State-based Marketplace Consumer Services and Supports Launch for OE3

    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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  • State Health Policy Blog
    Vermont Gets its Day in Court on ERISA: Supreme Court Agrees to Hear <em>Gobeille v. Liberty</em> Mutual Next Term

    Vermont Gets its Day in Court on ERISA: Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Next Term

    The Supreme Court granted certiorari in Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual, a case brought by Vermont challenging the Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling on ERISA preemption that bars the state from requiring self-insured employer-sponsored health plans to submit claims data to Vermont’s all-payer claims database (APCD). In doing so, the Supreme Court is providing Vermont […]

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    June 29, 2015 | Filed under: Featured, State Health Policy Blog, State Refor(u)m, Vermont

  • State Health Policy Blog
    Are We There Yet? An Update on Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual

    Are We There Yet? An Update on Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual

    Summer is the season of the great American road trip, and as such the clarion call from back seats everywhere– Are we there yet? – will soon ring out across the nation. But, this summer for those in Vermont the call has a different meaning. In a May NASHP Health Policy Blog post, as the […]

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