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H.559 (Act 171)

An act relating to health care reform implementation

Rep. Michael Fisher , Rep. Ann Pugh
5/16/2012 - Signed by Governor on 5/16/2012
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House 5/16/2012 - Signed by Governor on 5/16/2012
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An act relating to health care reform implementation

Committee Meetings

2011 - 2012 Legislative Session
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An act relating to health care reform implementation

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2011 - 2012 Legislative Session
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Health Care
2:30 PM

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Presentation of Administration's health care reform bill for 2012; also presentation of Report: Act 48 Integration Report: The Exchange

Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Health Care
9:00 AM

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Walk-through of new bill from Administration

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
1:30 PM

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In-depth presentation of new bill sections

Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Health Care
11:00 AM

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Update: Testimony on sections 5 through 28 (not sec. 24); plus section 40 -- includes Sections 27 and 28, Payment reform pilots and Blueprint for Health.

Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
Anya Rader Wallack, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
2:30 PM

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Testimony on sections 5 through 26, plus section 40

Bea Grause, President, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Health Care
9:00 AM

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Testimony on sections 5 through 26 (not sec. 24); plus section 40

Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
11:30 AM

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Update on recommendations regarding Catamount Health: merging funds, changing reporting

Mark Larson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access
Stephanie Barrett, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
Carrie Hathaway, Financial Director, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
Nolan Langweil, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
2:30 PM

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Comments on "bill-back" in Section 5

Georgia Maheras, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
3:15 PM

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Testimony on Section 25, insurance rate reviews; Gretkowski re Section 5, re bill-back

William Little, Vice President, MVP Healthcare
Susan Gretkowski, Lobbyist, MVP Healthcare

Thursday, January 26, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Health Care
2:00 PM

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Testimony this afternoon on waivers: Sections 33-35

Mark Larson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access
3:00 PM

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Peter Sterling, Executive Director, Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security
3:30 PM

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Testimony on sections 5 through 28 (not sec. 24); plus section 40 -- includes Sections 27 and 28

Kevin Goddard, Vice President of External Affairs, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
4:00 PM

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Sec. 25, Sec. 5

Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration

Friday, January 27, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Health Care
9:00 AM

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Sections 5-28, except Sec. 24: Committee discussion, mark-up, and close out these sections.

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Leigh Tofferi, Director of Government Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
10:30 AM

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Sections 33-35, Medicaid Waivers

Trinka Kerr, Health Care Ombudsman
11:00 AM

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Sections 33-35, Medicaid waivers

Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Human Services
15 Mins. after adj.

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Overview

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Health Care
11:15 AM

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Sections 12-22: Certificate of Need; Section 41 re Catamount. Markup, discussion, and close the sections.

Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Legislative Council
Georgia Maheras, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
2:30 PM

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Continue discussion and markup of C.O.N. sections, 12-22

Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
Georgia Maheras, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
3:00 PM

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Sections 25, Insurance rate review; 28, Blueprint; 5, GMCB authority; 40, Emergency rules: Markup, discussion.

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
Georgia Maheras, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Health Care
9:00 AM

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Sections: 24, provider bargaining groups; 30, VPQHC; 31, Discretionary clause ban; 32, Specialty tier drugs; 36, HEIU; 37-39, Technical / clarifying changes

Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
William Little, Vice President, MVP Healthcare
Susan Gretkowski, Lobbyist, MVP Healthcare
Susan Gretkowski, Lobbyist, American Council of Life Insurers
Charles Storrow, Lobbyist, Express Scripts, Inc.
Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
Kevin Goddard, Vice President of External Affairs, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
Michael Sirotkin, Lobbyist, Coalition of Vermont Elders (COVE)
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
4:00 PM

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Tentative--depends on the floor schedule

Betsy Bishop, Executive Director, Vermont Chamber of Commerce
5:00 PM

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Joint hearing with Senate Health and Welfare, Room 11: Employer testimony on the bill. This includes input on the Exchange, defining the small group market (50-100), whether qualified health plans can be purchased in the small group market outside the Exchange, and other topics of interest to the business community.

William Shepeluk, President, Waterbury Village Trustees
Nigel Mucklow, Co-owner, New England Flooring
Bram Kleppner, Chief Financial Officer, Danforth Pewter and Shirley Pewter
Tom McKeown, Executive Director, Business Resource Services
Sara Byers, Vice President, Leonardo's Pizza
Marybeth Gilliam, Owner, Jumpstart
Russ Bennett, Owner, NorthLand Design and Construction
John Dubie, Owner, Pearl Street Beverage
Michael Roche, President, Stowe Tree Experts
Michael Bayer, Chief Financial Officer, Vermont Legal Aid
Roland Bellavance, Vermont Truck and Bus Association
Jim Harrison, President, Vermont Grocers' Association
Doug Page, Citizen
Wendy Wilton, Treasurer, City of Rutland
Win Thomas, President, Thomas Insurance and Benefits
Bruce Shields, President, Ethan Allen Institute
William Sayer, President and CEO, New England Federal Credit Union
George Malek, President, Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce
Craig Fuller, Owner, Fuller and Keller, Inc.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Health and Welfare
5:00-7:00 PM

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Public Hearing- Definition of a small employer- Joint with House Health Care, Room 11



Thursday, February 2, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Health Care
8:30 AM

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Markup on sections of H.559: 12-22 (C.O.N.), 31 (discretionary clauses), 5 (GMC Board duties), 28 (Blueprint), and 40 (Rulemaking); plus sections 24 (provider bargaining groups), and 25 (insurance rate reviews)

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
Georgia Maheras, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
Susan Gretkowski, Lobbyist, MVP Healthcare
Leigh Tofferi, Director of Government Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Susan Gretkowski, Lobbyist, MVP Healthcare
Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
2:00 PM

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Continuing markup on H.559: Sections 25 (insurance rate reviews), 30 (VPQHC), 36 (HEIU), and 37-39 (technical / clarifying changes)

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
Georgia Maheras, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
3:00 PM

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Discussion, Exchange marketplace

Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration

Friday, February 3, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Health Care
11:00 AM

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Section 28, Blueprint for Health

Mark Larson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
11:30 AM

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Section 28, Blueprint for Health, re mental health issues

Alexandra Forbes, Vermont Psychological Association
11:45 AM

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Section 25, Insurance rate reviews

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Finance
1:30 PM

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Defining the small group market

George Malek, President, Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce
Craig Fuller, Owner, Fuller and Keller, Inc.
Michael Bayer, Chief Financial Officer, Vermont Legal Aid
Jim Harrison, President, Vermont Grocers' Association
Russ Bennett, Owner, NorthLand Design and Construction
Bill Sayre, Economist, Bristol
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Human Services
15 Min. after adj.

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Sections 33-36

Mark Larson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
2:30 PM

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Sections 33-36 (Waivers for Dual Eligibles and Global Commitment)

Michael Sirotkin, Lobbyist, Coalition of Vermont Elders (COVE)
Jackie Majoros, Long Care Ombudsman, Vermont Legal Aid
Peter Sterling, Executive Director, Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security
Trinka Kerr, Health Care Ombudsman
Peter Cobb, Director, Vermont Assembly of Home Health and Hospice Agencies
Janet Dermody, Deputy Director, Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights
Nancy Eldridge, Executive Director, Catheral Square, Inc. and LeadingAge Vermont
Karen Schwartz, Executive Director, Developmental Disability Council
Marlys Waller, Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Health Care
11:00 AM

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Sections 1 - 4: health benefit exchange, group markets, grandfathered plans

David Sichel, Deputy Director of Group Services, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
Peter Sterling, Executive Director, Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security
2:30 PM

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Sections 1 - 4: health benefit exchange, group markets, grandfathered plans

Peg Franzen, Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign, Vermont Workers' Center
George Malek, President, Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce
Christine Alibrandi, Health Care Reform Project Coordinator, Delta Dental
William Lambrukos, Senior Vice President, Northeast Delta Dental/Delta Dental Plan of Vermont
Theo Kennedy, Lobbyist, Delta Dental
Kevin Goddard, Vice President of External Affairs, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
4:30 PM

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Discussion with the Administration. Robin Lunge or Stephen Kimbell.

Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Human Services
9:00 AM

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Committee Discussion on Sections 33-36 Committee Memo to Health Care Committee

Jackie Majoros, Long Care Ombudsman, Vermont Legal Aid
Michael Sirotkin, Lobbyist, Coalition of Vermont Elders (COVE)
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Health Care
9:15 AM

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Sections 1 - 4: health benefit exchange, group markets, grandfathered plans

Tasha Wallis, Executive Director, Vermont Retailers Association
Mark Hage, Member Benefits Director, Vermont-NEA
Joseph Zimmerman, Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust
Laura Soares, President-elect, Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust
Margaret Laggis, Lobbyist, America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)
Kelly Stoddard, Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, American Cancer Society
William Little, Vice President, MVP Healthcare
2:00 PM

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Sections 33-35, Medicaid Waivers

Bea Grause, President, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
2:30 PM

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Discuss Waivers sections; Sections 4, 25, 28, and 32

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
David Reynolds, Deputy Commissioner, Division Health Care, BISHCA
Nolan Langweil, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Thursday, February 9, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Health Care
9:00 AM

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Discussion

Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
2:00 PM

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Markup and close remaining sections of bill

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Friday, February 10, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Health Care
8:30 AM

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Markup

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:00 AM

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Coops and the Exchange

Judy Henkin, Assistant General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
10:30 AM

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Markup and close remaining sections

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
1:00 PM

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Comments on Sec. 32, Specialty tier drugs

April Williams, Citizen, Winooski
1:30 PM

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Markup and close remaining sections

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Friday, February 10, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Human Services
15 Min. after Adj.

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Committee Discussion

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Human Services
9:00 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Jackie Majoros, Long Care Ombudsman, Vermont Legal Aid
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
15 Min. after adj.

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Mark Larson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
Jackie Majoros, Long Care Ombudsman, Vermont Legal Aid
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Dawn Philbert, Director of Public Health Policy, Department of Health

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Health Care
9:30 AM

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Scenarios in the Exchange--Sec. 3. This week overall: Markup of Sections 3, 32, 33-35, 41, and 42; plus issue of Bronze plans

Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
10:30 AM

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Transition issues--Sec. 42, Effective dates.

Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
2:30 PM

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Sections 33-35 -- Medicaid waivers, etc. Markup and vote.

Mark Larson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
3:30 PM

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Sec. 3, 33-35, 41. Markup and vote.

Mark Larson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Rep. Sandy Haas, Progressive Leader, House Committee On Human Services
Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Health Care
9:15 AM

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Dental coverage. Markup and vote.

Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Theo Kennedy, Lobbyist, Delta Dental
George Richardson, Pediatric Dentist, Timberlane Dental Group
9:30 AM

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Range of plans

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:45 AM

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Section 3--inside/outside the Exchange

Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
10:00 AM

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Waiver intent language--Larson; Dual eligible project proposal--Carbee & Larson; IRS Rules--Reynolds

Mark Larson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
David Reynolds, Deputy Commissioner, Division Health Care, BISHCA
10:15 AM

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Sec. 32, Specialty Tier drugs--Peterson; Waivers--Carbee

Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
11:30 AM

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Brokers' fees.

Rep. Michael Fisher
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Rep. Michael Fisher, House Committee on Health Care
Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
2:00 PM

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Rules, Sec. 40. Markup and vote.

Georgia Maheras, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
2:15 PM

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Act 129 Task Force (mental health). Markup and vote.

Georgia Maheras, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
2:30 PM

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Collective bargaining agreements; Medicare supp.; Effective dates, Sec. 42. Markup and vote.

Joel Cook, Director, Vermont National Education Association
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
3:00 PM

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Funding for Ombudsman's Office

Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
3:15 PM

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Section 125 Plans

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Margaret Laggis, Lobbyist, America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)
David Sichel, Deputy Director of Group Services, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
3:30 PM

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Prescription drugs-- specialty tier drugs; Exchange options--range of plans

Nolan Langweil, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Charles Storrow, Lobbyist, Express Scripts, Inc.
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
3:45 PM

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Small business tax credits; "Bailit Report" re Exchange planning; Edit Standards Work Group Report

Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Susan Gretkowski, Lobbyist, MVP Healthcare
Madeleine Mongan, Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
4:00 PM

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Pearson amendment: Premium Tax credits and cost sharing

Rep. Christopher Pearson
4:30 PM

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Report: Analysis of Basic Health Program Option; discussion re finalizing bill

Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration

Thursday, February 16, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Health Care
9:00 AM

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Today: markup and vote. 9:00: Sec. 3

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:15 AM

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Section 34; Sections 33 and 35a

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Jason Williams, Government Relations, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Susan Gretkowski, Lobbyist, MVP Healthcare
Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
9:30 AM

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Bronze plans

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
10:00 AM

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Navigators (Exchange); full range of plans; Discussion

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
11:00 AM

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Prescription drugs, specialty tier drugs

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
1:00 PM

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Markup on brokers' fees language

Timothy Ford, Attorney, Hackett, Valine, McDonald
Win Thomas, President, Thomas Insurance and Benefits
Timothy Cope, Broker, Fleischer Jacobs Group
Tom Rugg, Account Executive - Principal, Hickock and Boardman Group Benefits
William Little, Vice President, MVP Healthcare
Jessica Waltman, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, National Association of Health Underwriters
Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
2:15 PM

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Review first draft of full strike-all amendment of bill

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:30 AM

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Discussion; claim edits


4:45 PM

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Final discussion; vote.



Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Appropriations
9:00 AM

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Vote: 6-2-3 Rep. M. Johnson

Rep. Michael Fisher, Chair, House Committee on Health Care

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Health Care
11:15 AM

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"Denied Claims"

Susan Gretkowski, Lobbyist, MVP Healthcare
3:00 PM

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Amendments to H.559

Rep. Cynthia Browning, Arlington
Rep. Dave Sharpe
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Health and Welfare
9:00 AM

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Update

Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Health Care
8:30 AM

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Amendments; discussion

Rep. Oliver K. Olsen, Representative
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Rep. Mark Higley
Rep. Peter J. Fagan
Rep. Anne B. Donahue

Friday, February 24, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Ways and Means
8:30 AM

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Billback Provisions

Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration

Friday, February 24, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Health Care
8:30 AM

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To review amendments to the bill

Rep. Michael Hebert, Vernon
Rep. Cynthia Browning, Arlington
Rep. Thomas F. "Tom" Koch, Barre Town
Rep. Oliver K. Olsen, Representative, Jamaica
Rep. Dave Sharpe, Sponsor, Town of Bristol
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Health and Welfare
After Floor

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House Process

Rep. Michael Fisher, House Committee on Health Care

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Health and Welfare
9:00 AM

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Walk Through

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
Megan O'Donnell, Assistant General Counsel, Fletcher Allen Health Care
11:20 AM

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Fiscal Note

Nolan Langweil, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Health and Welfare
9:00 AM

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Jurisdictional sections of the bill

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
10:00 AM

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BISHCA Certificate of Need

Trinka Kerr, Health Care Ombudsman
Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
Georgia Maheras, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board

Friday, March 16, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Health and Welfare
9:00 AM

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Gift Bans

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
David Gilman, Rutland Optical
Wendy Morgan, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office
Harry Chen, Commissioner, Department of Health
Heidi Tringe, MacLean, Meehan and Rice

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Health and Welfare
After Floor

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Act 48 Overview

Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Health and Welfare
9:00 AM

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Specialty Tier Pharmaceuticals, Section 32

Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
Kevin Goddard, Vice President of External Affairs, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
Chris Rice, MVP Healthcare
Jeanne Kennedy, Cigna Health Care
Kelly Stoddard, Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, American Cancer Society
Charles Storrow, Express Scripts, Inc.
John Pierce, volunteer, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
10:00 AM

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Certificate of Need Transfer, Section 8

Georgia Maheras, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
11:00 AM

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Ombudsman, Section 26a

Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
Trinka Kerr, Health Care Ombudsman
11:20 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Medicaid Waivers, Section 34

Peter Sterling, Executive Director, Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Thursday, March 22, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Health and Welfare
9:00 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Health Access Eligibility Unit, Section 36 (page 118) and Section 41(d) (page 124)

Mark Larson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
9:15 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Waivers, Sections 33-35a (page 107) and Section 40c (page 122)

Mark Larson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Peter Cobb, Director, Vermont Assembly of Home Health and Hospice Agencies
Julie Tessler, Director, Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services
Jackie Majoros, Long Care Ombudsman, Vermont Legal Aid
Michael Sirotkin, COVE
11:00 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Blueprint, Section 28 (page 94), Section 28a (page 95), and Section 37 (page 118)

Mark Larson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Georgia Maheras, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
Dr. Craig Jones, Director, Blueprint for Health, Department of Health Access
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Friday, March 23, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Health and Welfare
9:00 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Green Mountain Care Board Budget and Procedural Rule, in part Section 5 (page 32)

Georgia Maheras, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
Michael Donofrio, General Counsel, Green Mountain Care Board
Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
9:45 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Mental Health Care Ombudsman

Sen. Sally Fox, Senate Committee on Health and Welfare
Nick Nichols, Policy Director, Department of Mental Health
10:00 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, Inc. contract

Harry Chen, Commissioner, Department of Health
10:15 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Sports head injury, Section 39a (page 120)

Sen. Dick Sears, Bennington County
Trevor Squirrell, Executive Director, Brain Injury Association of Vermont
Robert Luce, Director, Downs Rachlin Martin
Harry Chen, Commissioner, Department of Health
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Donna Russo-Savage, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
11:00 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Basic Health Plan

Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Finance
1:30 PM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Act 48 overview; Insurance Market compliance with ACA

Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
-

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Federal Law & State Options, H.559 walk through

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Rep. Michael Fisher, House Committee on Health Care

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Health and Welfare
-After Floor

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Gift Bans and Prescription Drug Coverage, Section 32 (page 100)

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
Charles Storrow, Lobbyist, Express Scripts, Inc.
Nolan Langweil, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Health and Welfare
8:00 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Health Access Oversight Committee Charge, Section 40d (page 122)

Rep. George W. Till, Co-Chair, Health Access Oversight Committee
8:05 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Provider Bargaining Groups, Section 24 (page 84)

Madeleine Mongan, Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
Michael Sirotkin
Trinka Kerr, Health Care Ombudsman
8:30 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Waivers, Sections 33-35a (page 107) and Section 40c (page 122)

Trinka Kerr, Health Care Ombudsman
8:40 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Rate Review two-step process, Sec. 8 (page 35)

Rep. Michael Fisher, Chair, House Committee on Health Care
8:45 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Medical Malpractice

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Trinka Kerr, Health Care Ombudsman
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
David Mickenberg, Attorney, Working Vermont
9:30 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Basic Health Plans

Jill Olson, VP Policy and Operations, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Mark Larson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Finance
1:00 PM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Sections 1-4, 29, 41 & 41a

Trinka Kerr, Health Care Ombudsman
Betsy Bishop, President, Vermont Chamber of Commerce
Tasha Wallis, Executive Director, Vermont Retail Association, Inc
Mitchell Fleischer, President, Fleischer Jacobs Group
Wendy Wilton, Treasurer, City of Rutland
William Little, Vice President, MVP Healthcare
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
-

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Sections 12, 25, 31, 32, 40a

Rep. Paul N. Poirier, Barre
Georgia Maheras, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Health and Welfare
8:00 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

High Quality Mental Health Services, Section 11b (page 48) and Mental Health Ombudsman

Rep. Anne B. Donahue
Alexandra Forbes, Vermont Psychological Association
Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Trinka Kerr, Health Care Ombudsman
A.J. Ruben, Supervising Attorney, Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights
Jack McCullough, Director of Mental Health Law Project, Vermont Legal Aid
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Patrick Flood, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health
Julie Tessler, Director, Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services
Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
8:45 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Hospital Budget Review, Sections 40 and 40a (page 121)

Georgia Maheras, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
Bea Grause, President, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
8:50 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Unified Health Care Budget, Sections 6-11 (page 35)

Georgia Maheras, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
9:45 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Payment Reform, Section 27 (page 91)

Anya Rader Wallack, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
Richard Slusky, Director of Payment Reform, Green Mountain Care Board
Mark Larson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
11:15 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

walk through

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Jill Olson, VP Policy and Operations, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
Madeleine Mongan, Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
4:30 PM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

walk through

Susan Gretkowski, Lobbyist, MVP
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Nolan Langweil, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Madeleine Mongan, Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
Susan Gretkowski, Lobbyist, MVP

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Finance
-

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Sections 5 & 11a

Georgia Maheras, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
Susan Gretkowski, Lobbyist, MVP
Madeleine Mongan, Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society

Friday, March 30, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Finance
-

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Sections 1 - 4

Cassandra Gekas, Health Care Advocate, VPIRG
Kevin Goddard, Vice President of External Affairs, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
Peter Sterling, Executive Director, Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security
Russ Bennett, Owner, NorthLand Design and Construction
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration

Friday, March 30, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Health and Welfare
9:00 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Markup

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Jill Olson, VP Policy and Operations, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
Susan Gretkowski, Lobbyist, MVP
Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society

Monday, April 2, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Health and Welfare
10:00 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Finance
1:00 PM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Legislative Walk-through

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Nolan Langweil, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
-

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Sections 1-4

Margaret Laggis, Lobbyist, America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)
Tom McKeown, Executive Director, Business Resource Services
Jim Harrison, President, Vermont Grocers' Association
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Finance
1:00 PM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Green Mountain Care Board, Section 25

Anya Rader Wallack, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
Georgia Maheras, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Human Services
2:30 PM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Agency of Human Services Dual Eligible Project

Mark Larson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
Julie Wasserman, Dual Eligibles Project
Bard Hill, Dual Eligibles Project

Thursday, April 5, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Finance
-

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Committee Discussion

Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Nolan Langweil, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Finance
-

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Section 2d

Scott Baldwin, President, Vermont Brokerage Services
Michael Quinn, Independent Broker
Tom Rugg, Account Executive - Principal, Hickock and Boardman Group Benefits
Susan Gretkowski, Lobbyist, MVP Healthcare
Leigh Tofferi, Director of Government Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Madeleine Mongan, Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
Leigh Tofferi, Director of Government Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
Julie Tessler, Director, Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services
Charles Storrow, Lobbyist, Express Scripts, Inc.
Susan Gretkowski, Lobbyist, MVP Healthcare
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Judiciary
8:30 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Medical Malpractice

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
Chris Maley, Attorney, Vermont Association for Justice (Trial Lawyers)
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Jill Olson, VP Policy and Operations, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Thursday, April 12, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Appropriations
11:45 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Committee Discussion

Rep. Michael Fisher, Chair, House Committee on Health Care

Friday, April 13, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Finance
10:00 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Mark up

Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Susan Gretkowski, Lobbyist, MVP Healthcare
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Finance
-

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Mark Up

Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation
Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Financial Regulation

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Human Services
9:00 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Dual Eligible Proposal - comments from providers and consumers

Joyce Lemire, Senior Solutions, Area Agencies on Aging
Trinka Kerr, Health Care Ombudsman
Gini Milkey, Director, Coalition of Vermont Elders (COVE)
Peter Cobb, Director, Vermont Assembly of Home Health and Hospice Agencies
Heidi Tringe, Maclean, Pharmaceutical Research Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
Julie Tessler, Director, Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services

Thursday, April 19, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Finance
-

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Final Mark up

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Financial Regulation
Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Health and Welfare
9:00 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Amendments

Sen. Vincent Illuzzi
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Leigh Tofferi, Director of Government Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
Susan Gretkowski, Lobbyist, MVP Healthcare
Dale Hackett, Consumer, Barre
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation
Lucie Garand, Lobbyist

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Health Care
9:00 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Committee review of Senate's changes to the bill

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
2:30 PM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Continue Committee review of Senate version of H.559.

Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration

Friday, April 27, 2012
Committee(s):
Senate Committee on Health and Welfare
5:00 PM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Conference Committee, pending Senate conferee assignments



Friday, April 27, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Judiciary
9:00 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

medial malpractice amendment

Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
Jill Olson, VP Policy and Operations, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
Chris Maley, Attorney, Vermont Association for Justice (Trial Lawyers)

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Human Services
-

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Mental Health Care Ombudsman

Floyd Nease, Executive Director, Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Monday, April 30, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Human Services
-

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Trinka Kerr, Health Care Ombudsman
Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Sen. Sally Fox, Senate Committee on Health and Welfare
Ed Paquin, Director, Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights

Monday, April 30, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Health Care
3:00 PM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Room 17. Committee of conference.

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Health Care
9:30 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Committee of conference. Room 17.

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
Nolan Langweil, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
2:30 PM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Comference Committee, Room 17

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
Nolan Langweil, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Human Services
-

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Floyd Nease, Executive Director, Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Committee(s):
House Committee on Health Care
10:30 AM

H.559 - An act relating to health care reform implementation

Conference, Room 17

Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

No committee documents found for H.559 in the 2011 - 2012 Legislative Session.
An act relating to health care reform implementation

Witnesses Who Testified

2011 - 2012 Legislative Session
Committee of Conference
  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nolan Langweil, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
House Committee on Appropriations
  • Rep. Michael Fisher, Chair, House Committee on Health Care
House Committee on Health Care
  • Christine Alibrandi, Health Care Reform Project Coordinator, Delta Dental
  • Stephanie Barrett, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Michael Bayer, Chief Financial Officer, Vermont Legal Aid
  • Roland Bellavance, Vermont Truck and Bus Association
  • Russ Bennett, Owner, NorthLand Design and Construction
  • Betsy Bishop, Executive Director, Vermont Chamber of Commerce
  • Rep. Cynthia Browning, Arlington
  • Sara Byers, Vice President, Leonardo's Pizza
  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Joel Cook, Director, Vermont National Education Association
  • Timothy Cope, Broker, Fleischer Jacobs Group
  • Rep. Anne B. Donahue
  • John Dubie, Owner, Pearl Street Beverage
  • Rep. Peter J. Fagan
  • Rep. Michael Fisher
  • Rep. Michael Fisher, House Committee on Health Care
  • Alexandra Forbes, Vermont Psychological Association
  • Timothy Ford, Attorney, Hackett, Valine, McDonald
  • Peg Franzen, Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign, Vermont Workers' Center
  • Craig Fuller, Owner, Fuller and Keller, Inc.
  • Marybeth Gilliam, Owner, Jumpstart
  • Kevin Goddard, Vice President of External Affairs, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Bea Grause, President, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
  • Susan Gretkowski, Lobbyist, American Council of Life Insurers
  • Susan Gretkowski, Lobbyist, MVP Healthcare
  • Rep. Sandy Haas, Progressive Leader, House Committee On Human Services
  • Mark Hage, Member Benefits Director, Vermont-NEA
  • Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
  • Jim Harrison, President, Vermont Grocers' Association
  • Carrie Hathaway, Financial Director, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Rep. Michael Hebert, Vernon
  • Judy Henkin, Assistant General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
  • Rep. Mark Higley
  • Theo Kennedy, Lobbyist, Delta Dental
  • Trinka Kerr, Health Care Ombudsman
  • Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
  • Bram Kleppner, Chief Financial Officer, Danforth Pewter and Shirley Pewter
  • Rep. Thomas F. "Tom" Koch, Barre Town
  • Margaret Laggis, Lobbyist, America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)
  • William Lambrukos, Senior Vice President, Northeast Delta Dental/Delta Dental Plan of Vermont
  • Nolan Langweil, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Mark Larson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Mark Larson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • William Little, Vice President, MVP Healthcare
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Georgia Maheras, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • George Malek, President, Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce
  • Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Legislative Council
  • Tom McKeown, Executive Director, Business Resource Services
  • Madeleine Mongan, Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
  • Nigel Mucklow, Co-owner, New England Flooring
  • Rep. Oliver K. Olsen, Representative
  • Rep. Oliver K. Olsen, Representative, Jamaica
  • Doug Page, Citizen
  • Rep. Christopher Pearson
  • Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
  • David Reynolds, Deputy Commissioner, Division Health Care, BISHCA
  • George Richardson, Pediatric Dentist, Timberlane Dental Group
  • Michael Roche, President, Stowe Tree Experts
  • Tom Rugg, Account Executive - Principal, Hickock and Boardman Group Benefits
  • William Sayer, President and CEO, New England Federal Credit Union
  • Rep. Dave Sharpe
  • Rep. Dave Sharpe, Sponsor, Town of Bristol
  • William Shepeluk, President, Waterbury Village Trustees
  • Bruce Shields, President, Ethan Allen Institute
  • David Sichel, Deputy Director of Group Services, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Michael Sirotkin, Lobbyist, Coalition of Vermont Elders (COVE)
  • Laura Soares, President-elect, Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust
  • Peter Sterling, Executive Director, Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security
  • Kelly Stoddard, Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, American Cancer Society
  • Charles Storrow, Lobbyist, Express Scripts, Inc.
  • Win Thomas, President, Thomas Insurance and Benefits
  • Leigh Tofferi, Director of Government Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Anya Rader Wallack, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Tasha Wallis, Executive Director, Vermont Retailers Association
  • Jessica Waltman, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, National Association of Health Underwriters
  • April Williams, Citizen, Winooski
  • Jason Williams, Government Relations, Fletcher Allen Health Care
  • Wendy Wilton, Treasurer, City of Rutland
  • Joseph Zimmerman, Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust
House Committee on Human Services
  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Peter Cobb, Director, Vermont Assembly of Home Health and Hospice Agencies
  • Janet Dermody, Deputy Director, Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights
  • Nancy Eldridge, Executive Director, Catheral Square, Inc. and LeadingAge Vermont
  • Sen. Sally Fox, Senate Committee on Health and Welfare
  • Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
  • Bard Hill, Dual Eligibles Project
  • Trinka Kerr, Health Care Ombudsman
  • Mark Larson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Joyce Lemire, Senior Solutions, Area Agencies on Aging
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Jackie Majoros, Long Care Ombudsman, Vermont Legal Aid
  • Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Gini Milkey, Director, Coalition of Vermont Elders (COVE)
  • Floyd Nease, Executive Director, Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery
  • Ed Paquin, Director, Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights
  • Dawn Philbert, Director of Public Health Policy, Department of Health
  • Karen Schwartz, Executive Director, Developmental Disability Council
  • Michael Sirotkin, Lobbyist, Coalition of Vermont Elders (COVE)
  • Peter Sterling, Executive Director, Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security
  • Julie Tessler, Director, Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services
  • Heidi Tringe, Maclean, Pharmaceutical Research Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
  • Marlys Waller, Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services
  • Julie Wasserman, Dual Eligibles Project
House Committee on Judiciary
  • Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Chris Maley, Attorney, Vermont Association for Justice (Trial Lawyers)
  • Jill Olson, VP Policy and Operations, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
House Committee on Ways and Means
  • Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
Senate Committee on Finance
  • Scott Baldwin, President, Vermont Brokerage Services
  • Michael Bayer, Chief Financial Officer, Vermont Legal Aid
  • Russ Bennett, Owner, NorthLand Design and Construction
  • Betsy Bishop, President, Vermont Chamber of Commerce
  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Michael Fisher, House Committee on Health Care
  • Mitchell Fleischer, President, Fleischer Jacobs Group
  • Craig Fuller, Owner, Fuller and Keller, Inc.
  • Cassandra Gekas, Health Care Advocate, VPIRG
  • Kevin Goddard, Vice President of External Affairs, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Susan Gretkowski, Lobbyist, MVP
  • Susan Gretkowski, Lobbyist, MVP Healthcare
  • Jim Harrison, President, Vermont Grocers' Association
  • Trinka Kerr, Health Care Ombudsman
  • Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
  • Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Margaret Laggis, Lobbyist, America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)
  • Nolan Langweil, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • William Little, Vice President, MVP Healthcare
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Georgia Maheras, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • George Malek, President, Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce
  • Tom McKeown, Executive Director, Business Resource Services
  • Madeleine Mongan, Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
  • Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
  • Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Rep. Paul N. Poirier, Barre
  • Michael Quinn, Independent Broker
  • Tom Rugg, Account Executive - Principal, Hickock and Boardman Group Benefits
  • Bill Sayre, Economist, Bristol
  • Peter Sterling, Executive Director, Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security
  • Charles Storrow, Lobbyist, Express Scripts, Inc.
  • Julie Tessler, Director, Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services
  • Leigh Tofferi, Director of Government Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Anya Rader Wallack, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Tasha Wallis, Executive Director, Vermont Retail Association, Inc
  • Wendy Wilton, Treasurer, City of Rutland
Senate Committee on Health and Welfare
  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Harry Chen, Commissioner, Department of Health
  • Peter Cobb, Director, Vermont Assembly of Home Health and Hospice Agencies
  • Rep. Anne B. Donahue
  • Michael Donofrio, General Counsel, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Rep. Michael Fisher, House Committee on Health Care
  • Rep. Michael Fisher, Chair, House Committee on Health Care
  • Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Patrick Flood, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health
  • Alexandra Forbes, Vermont Psychological Association
  • Sen. Sally Fox, Senate Committee on Health and Welfare
  • Lucie Garand, Lobbyist
  • David Gilman, Rutland Optical
  • Kevin Goddard, Vice President of External Affairs, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Bea Grause, President, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
  • Susan Gretkowski, Lobbyist, MVP
  • Susan Gretkowski, Lobbyist, MVP Healthcare
  • Dale Hackett, Consumer, Barre
  • Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
  • Sen. Vincent Illuzzi
  • Dr. Craig Jones, Director, Blueprint for Health, Department of Health Access
  • Jeanne Kennedy, Cigna Health Care
  • Trinka Kerr, Health Care Ombudsman
  • Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
  • Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Nolan Langweil, Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Mark Larson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Robert Luce, Director, Downs Rachlin Martin
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Georgia Maheras, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Jackie Majoros, Long Care Ombudsman, Vermont Legal Aid
  • Jack McCullough, Director of Mental Health Law Project, Vermont Legal Aid
  • Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • David Mickenberg, Attorney, Working Vermont
  • Madeleine Mongan, Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
  • Wendy Morgan, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office
  • Nick Nichols, Policy Director, Department of Mental Health
  • Megan O'Donnell, Assistant General Counsel, Fletcher Allen Health Care
  • Jill Olson, VP Policy and Operations, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
  • Clifford Peterson, General Counsel, Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration
  • John Pierce, volunteer, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Chris Rice, MVP Healthcare
  • A.J. Ruben, Supervising Attorney, Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights
  • Donna Russo-Savage, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Sen. Dick Sears, Bennington County
  • Michael Sirotkin
  • Michael Sirotkin, COVE
  • Richard Slusky, Director of Payment Reform, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Trevor Squirrell, Executive Director, Brain Injury Association of Vermont
  • Peter Sterling, Executive Director, Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security
  • Kelly Stoddard, Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, American Cancer Society
  • Charles Storrow, Express Scripts, Inc.
  • Charles Storrow, Lobbyist, Express Scripts, Inc.
  • Julie Tessler, Director, Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services
  • Rep. George W. Till, Co-Chair, Health Access Oversight Committee
  • Leigh Tofferi, Director of Government Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Heidi Tringe, MacLean, Meehan and Rice
  • Anya Rader Wallack, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
Senate Committee on Judiciary
  • Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Chris Maley, Attorney, Vermont Association for Justice (Trial Lawyers)
  • Jill Olson, VP Policy and Operations, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

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Fiscal notes and materials available on this web page are provided for informational purposes only, and may not comprise all materials received by the Vermont Legislature or the final fiscal information related to a specific bill.  The Legislature is not responsible for the accuracy of any information in these materials, and their posting does not constitute approval or endorsement by the Legislature.

No fiscal documents found for H.559 in the 2011 - 2012 Legislative Session.

Act


An act relating to health care reform implementation

Statutes Affected

2011 - 2012 Legislative Session

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Staff & Other Information

Staff
Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel
Notes
Language from H.2, H.495, H.500, H.571, and H.604 are included in H.559 as passed the House

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