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House Committee on Health Care (Room 45)

The House Committee on Health Care considers matters relating to health care finance and administration.

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Previous Meetings - Full Report

Summary Report

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-1
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

1:30 PM

FLOOR

Seating; elect Canvassing Committee

3:30 PM

Committee Discussion

Welcome, organization, and to introduce staff

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Jenny Prosser, Office of Legislative Council

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

10:00 AM

Joint Assembly

Receive Report of the Canvassing Committee- Governor’s Election

1:30 PM

Joint Assembly

Administering Oaths and Governor’s Inaugural Message


Friday, January 9, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-2, 3, 4
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

10:00 AM

Health Care Financing

Vermont's Health Care System Overview: Payers and Players

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
11:00 AM

Health Care Reform Overview

  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
1:00 PM

Act 48 Review

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

Education Reform Efforts

House Chamber

  • Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary, Agency of Education

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-5, 6, 7
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

11:00 AM

Green Mountain Care Board

Overview and update

  • Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
12:00 PM

Caucus

2:30 PM

Vermont Health Connect

Overview and update

  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor, Chief of Health Care Reform, Office of the Governor
3:30 PM

Medicaid Overview

  • Ashley Berliner, Medicaid Policy and Planning Chief, Agency of Human Services
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-8, 9
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

The Economic Incidence of Health Care Spending in Vermont: The RAND report on health care spending

  • Catherine Benham, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Christine Eibner, Project Lead, RAND Corporation
10:30 AM

IT Training

  • Michael Berry, User Support Specialist, Office of Legislative Council
  • Albert Coccagna, User Support Specialist, Office of Legislative Council
11:00 AM

Bi-State Primary Care Association

Introduction and overview

  • Patrick Flood, CEO, Northern Counties Health Care
  • Sharon Winn, Director, Vermont Public Policy, Bi-State Primary Care Association
11:30 AM

Health Care Advocate

Introduction and overview, Office of the Health Care Advocate

  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
1:00 PM

FLOOR

2:00 PM

No Committee Meeting


Thursday, January 15, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-10, 11, 12, 13
Meeting Record
8:00 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Joint with Senate Health & Welfare, Room 11. Governor's report on financing Green Mountain Care

  • Michael Costa, Deputy Director, Health Care Reform, Finance, Agency of Administration
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform
10:15 AM

Household Insurance Survey

Joint with Senate Health & Welfare, Room 11

  • Brian Robertson, Director of Research, Market Decisions Research
1:00 PM

FLOOR

2:00 PM

Governor's Budget Address

Joint Assembly, House Chamber


Friday, January 16, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-14
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

10:30 AM

Blueprint for Health

Overview and update.

  • Craig Jones, Director, Blueprint for Health, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
1:00 PM

No Committee Meeting Scheduled


Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-15, 16, 17
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

10:30 or after the Floor

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Governor's proposals for health care reform legislation

  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform
12:00 PM

Caucuses

2:00 PM

IT Training

iPad training, especially iAnnotate

  • Michael Berry, User Support Specialist, Office of Legislative Council
  • Albert Coccagna, User Support Specialist, Office of Legislative Council
3:00 PM

Vermont Health Connect

Vermont Health Connect and Premium Tax Credits--issues re income tax

  • Devon Green, Health Policy Analyst, Agency of Administration

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-18, 19, 20, 21, 22
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Briefing on cost sharing

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
10:00 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Governor's proposals for health care reform legislation

  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform
11:00 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

1:00 PM

FLOOR

1:30 or after Floor

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Briefing on cost shift

  • Michael Davis, Director of Health System Finances, Green Mountain Care Board
2:30 PM

H.82 - An act relating to fiscal year 2015 budget adjustments

Dept. of Vermont Health Access

  • Carrie Hathaway, Financial Director, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Mark Larson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform
3:30 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Green Mountain Care Board - Rate Setting Authority

  • Michael Donofrio, General Counsel, Green Mountain Care Board

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-23, 24, 25, 26
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Vermont Chiropractic Association

Brief presentation from Vt. Chiropractic Assn.

  • Dr. Erik Hemmett, President, Vermont Chiropractic Association
  • Darryl Koch, Chiropractic physician, Vermont Chiropractic Association
9:30 AM

Health Care Bill

Governor's proposals for health care reform legislation

  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
10:45 AM

Governor's Proposed FY2015 Budget Adjustment

Vermont Health Connect.
Joint hearing with House Appropriations.
Room 10

  • Richard Boes, Commissioner, Department of Information & Innovation
  • Mark Larson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform
1:00 PM

FLOOR

Extended Floor time expected

3:15 PM

Governor's Proposed FY2015 Budget Adjustment

Committee discussion.
(Postponed to a future time: The Vermont Health Care Innovation Project)

  • Rep. Mitzi Johnson, Chair, House Committee on Appropriations
  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform

Friday, January 23, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-27, 28, 29, 30, 31
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

10:00 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Presentation on Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL)

  • Wendy Andrews
  • John Evans, President and CEO, Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL)
  • Robert Gibson, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL)
  • Krystina Lachak RN, Nursing Director, The Manor
  • Kat Meyer RN, eHealth Specialist, Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL)
12:45 PM

H.82 - An act relating to fiscal year 2015 budget adjustments

Governor's Proposed FY2015 Budget Adjustment. Committee discussion; memo to House Appropriations Committee

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

Cadillac Tax

"Cadillac Tax" in the Affordable Care Act--implications for Vermont

  • Joyce Manchester, Senior Economist, Joint Fiscal Office
2:30 PM

Legislative Briefing

All-caucus briefing, House Chamber. Topic: Water Quality


Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-32, 33, 34, 35
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

11:00 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Health Care Delivery Systems: Introductory presentations from insurers and providers

  • Don George, CEO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
12:00 PM

Caucuses

2:00 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Health Care Delivery Systems

  • Andrew Garland, Vice President, Vermont and Network Enterprise Strategy, MVP Healthcare
  • Jill Olson, Vice President of Policy & Legislative Affairs, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
3:00 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Affordable Care Act, 2016 trigger re employers with 51-100 employees, buy on Exchange.

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:30 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Walk-through of Governor's proposals for health care reform

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

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-36, 37, 38, 39, 40
Meeting Record
7:30 AM

Vermont Legal Aid Legislative Breakfast

9:00 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Provisions in the Governor's health care proposals that relate to the Green Mountain Care Board

  • Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
11:00 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

SIM Grant: Vermont Health Care Innovation Project.

  • Georgia Maheras, Project Director, Vermont Health Care Innovation Project
1:00 PM

FLOOR

2:00 PM

Physician Practices Reimbursement Report

  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Joseph Haddock, MD, Thomas Chittenden Health Center; and Board Member, Healthfirst, Inc.
  • Steven Kappel MPA, Principal, Policy Integrity
  • Kelly Lange, Director, Delivery System, Innovation and Contracting, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Dr. Paul J. Reiss, Chief Medical Officer, Healthfirst, Inc.
  • Kara Suter, Director of Payment Reform, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46
Meeting Record
8:00 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Health Care Reform Presentations, Recommended Plans. Joint with Senate Health & Welfare, Room 10

  • John Franco, Burlington
  • Traven Leyshon, Vermont Workers' Center
  • Deborah Richter, MD
  • Peter Sterling, Executive Director, Vermont Leads
10:30 AM

H.24 - An act relating to increasing subsidies in the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange and establishing a sugar-sweetened beverage tax

  • Rep. Paul N. Poirier, Bill Sponsor
11:00 AM

H.60 - An act relating to developing a supported State-based marketplace exchange

Tentative

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Patricia Komline, Sponsor
  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform
1:00 PM

FLOOR

Budget Adjustment Act--extended debate

1:20 PM

H.82 - An act relating to fiscal year 2015 budget adjustments

Amendments from Rep. Mary Morrissey and Rep. Mitzi Johnson

  • Rep. Mitzi Johnson
  • Rep. Mary A. Morrissey
3:30 PM

H.88 - An act relating to a public health care coverage option

Introduction

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Paul N. Poirier

Friday, January 30, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-47, 48, 49
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

[The State House Singers will be singing the Devotional]
Budget Adjustment Act

10:30 AM

Transparency and Pricing in Health Care

  • Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office
1:00 PM

Accountable Care Organizations

  • Patrick Flood, Board Chair, Community Health Accountable Care
  • Georgia Maheras, Project Director, Vermont Health Care Innovation Project
  • Todd Moore, CEO, OneCare Vermont
  • Dr. Paul J. Reiss, Chief Medical Officer, Healthfirst, Inc.
  • Richard Slusky, Director of Payment Reform, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Kara Suter, Director of Payment Reform, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
2:30 PM

Legislative Briefing

We will have a short presentation on 2014 tax implications of the Affordable Care Act and then the rest of the hour will be spent on the Vermont economy.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-50, 51, 52, 53
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

10:30 AM

H.490 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Overview of the budget situation; payroll tax.

  • Stephanie Barrett, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Stephen Klein, Chief Legislative Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
11:20 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Uses for the Payroll Tax, including charts

  • Stephanie Barrett, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Caucuses

2:00 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Mental Health Care System

  • Jay Batra, MD, Medical Director, Department of Mental Health
  • Julie Tessler, Director, Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-54, 55, 56, 57, 58
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Health Care Delivery Systems

  • Peter Cobb, Director, VNAs of Vermont
  • Jeanne Kennedy, Lobbyist, Cigna Health Care
10:00 AM

Committee Discussion

Planning for Committee's presentation on health care on Friday afternoon

11:00 AM

Miscellaneous Tax Bill

Requirement to employers to provide total health care premium information on W-2 tax forms

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes
1:00 PM

FLOOR

1:30 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Green Mountain Care Board--Rate Review. 2016 Health Benefit Plans Rate Filing Timeline.

  • Judy Henkin, Health Policy Director, Green Mountain Care Board
2:00 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Payroll Tax: Revenues and Plans re Expenditures

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-59, 60
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

No Committee Meeting

10:30 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Vermont Health Benefits Exchange: Marketplace--Inside/Outside the Exchange

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform
12:00 PM

Vermont Health Connect

Questions re Medicaid eligibility and income re-determinations

  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform
1:00 PM

FLOOR

1:15 PM

Governor's Proposed FY2016 Budget

Proposed Budget of the Department of Vermont Health Access.
Joint meeting with the House Appropriations Committee,
Room 11
1:15 PM-4:45 PM

  • Carrie Hathaway, Financial Director, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Mark Larson, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
3:30 PM

Recess for Break

3:40 PM

Governor's Proposed FY2016 Budget

Department of Vermont Health Access: Vermont Health Connect. Joint Hearing, continued, Room 11

  • Harry Chen, Commissioner, Department of Health
  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform
4:45 PM

Adjourn


Friday, February 6, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-61, 62, 63
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

10:00 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Cost Shift

  • Joyce Manchester, Senior Economist, Joint Fiscal Office
11:00 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Discussion with the Administration of the proposals put forth by John Franco, Deb Richter, Vt. Workers Center and Vermont LEADS

  • Michael Costa, Deputy Director, Health Care Reform, Finance, Agency of Administration
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform
1:00 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Adverse Childhood Experiences--ACE. Joint meeting with the House Human Services Committee, Room 11

  • James Hudziak MD, Director, Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families, University of Vermont College of Medicine
2:30 PM

Legislative Briefing

Overview of Health Care Issues.
House Chamber


Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-64, 65, 66
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

11:00 AM

Bi-State Primary Care Association

  • Paul Bengtson, CEO, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital
  • Doug Bouchard, Executive Director, Northeast Kingdom Human Services
  • Jack Donnelly, CEO, Community Health Centers of Burlington
  • Patrick Flood, CEO, Northern Counties Health Care
  • Judy Peterson, President and CEO, Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties
  • Lisa Viles, Executive Director, Area Agency for Aging for Northeastern Vermont
  • Grant Whitmer, Executive Director, Community Health Centers of Rutland
  • Sharon Winn, Director, Vermont Public Policy, Bi-State Primary Care Association
12:00 PM

Caucuses

2:15 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Primary Care--Access to Providers: Access to Care and Medicaid Rates

  • John Olson, Rural Health and Primary Care Chief, Vermont Department of Health
3:00 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Governor's budget proposals, Blueprint for Health

  • Craig Jones, Director, Blueprint for Health, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-67, 68, 69, 70
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.78 - An act relating to making health insurance plans available outside the Exchange and to purchasing health insurance across state lines

  • Rep. Mark Higley, Lowell
9:05 AM

H.179 - An act relating to health care professionals’ rates and practice locations and establishing a health insurance market outside the Exchange

  • Rep. Mary A. Morrissey
9:10 AM

H.188 - An act relating to making health insurance plans available outside the Exchange

  • Rep. Patricia Komline
9:15 AM

H.189 - An act relating to direct enrollment in Exchange plans

  • Rep. Patricia Komline
9:30 AM

Vermont Health Benefits Exchange

Marketplace--Inside/Outside the Exchange

  • Betsy Bishop, President, Vermont Chamber of Commerce
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Rebecca Heinz, Associate General Counsel, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Judy Henkin, Assistant General Counsel, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Tom Rugg, Principal--Senior Vice President, Hickock and Boardman
  • Tom Scull, The Richards Group
11:45 AM

Adjourn

1:00 PM

FLOOR

2:30 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Mental Health Care System: Mental health services and health care integration and collaboration. May possibly start earlier.

  • Laurie Emerson, Acting Executive Director, NAMI-VT
  • Dr. Betty Keller, Board Member, NAMI Vermont
  • Mary Moulton, Executive Director, Washington County Mental Health Services
  • Ralph Provenza, Director, United Counseling Services, Bennington
  • Scott Thompson, Citizen, Lamoille County Mental Health Services

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-71, 72. Note: CDs from Cost Shift are with S. H&W
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Committee Discussion

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:30 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Green Mountain Care Board--Follow-up to Inside/Outside the Exchange discussions

  • Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Judy Henkin, Health Policy Director, Green Mountain Care Board
10:15 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Green Mountain Care Board.
Joint hearing, House Health Care and House Ways and Means.
Cost shift and creating savings.

  • Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Zach Sullivan, Policy Analyst, Green Mountain Care Board
11:45 AM

Adjourn

1:00 PM

FLOOR

Fee Bill --Extended discussion

3:00 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Committee Discussion

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration

Friday, February 13, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-73, 74, 75
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

Could be continued debate and votes on the Fee Bill

11:30 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Committee Discussion

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
1:15 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Committee Discussion

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

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-76, 77, 78
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Cost Sharing in Health Care

Governor's cost sharing plan and out-of-pocket subsidies

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
10:00 AM

FLOOR

11:00 AM

S.61 - An act relating to fast-track Medicaid enrollment

11:00 or after the Floor.

  • Sean Brown, Deputy Commissioner, Economic Services Division, Department for Children and Families
  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Selina Hickman, Policy Director, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Peter Sterling, Executive Director, Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security
12:00 PM

Caucuses

2:15 PM

Health Care Reform Discussion

Impacts if Vermont keeps the status quo

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Joyce Manchester, Senior Economist, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Jason Williams, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, University of Vermont Medical Center
3:30 PM

Cost Sharing in Health Care

Committee discussion

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-79, 80, 81, 82
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Caucus of The Whole

Clean Water for the State of Vermont

11:00 AM

Health Care--Universal Access

Massachusetts policy and actions to reduce the number of citizens who are uninsured

  • Sheila Curry, Senior Health Policy Manager, Health Care for All, Massachusetts
  • Brian Rosman, Research Director, Health Care for All, Massachusetts
1:00 PM

FLOOR

1:45 PM

Medicaid Cost Shift

Medicaid Cost Shift and All-Payer Waiver. 1:45 PM or after the Floor

  • Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform
3:45 PM

H.203 - An act relating to advancing Vermont’s health care reform initiatives

Committee discussion

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-83, 84, 85, 86
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Governor's Proposed FY2016 Budget

Memo from House Committee on Appropriations, requesting review of specific provisions included in the Governor’s FY 2016 budget proposal

  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
9:45 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Bad Debt/Free Care

  • Michael Davis, Director of Health System Finances, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Michael Del Trecco, Vice President of Finance, Vermont Hospital Association
10:30 AM

Joint Assembly

Election of Sergeant at Arms, Adjutant and Inspector General, and Trustees of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College

1:00 PM

FLOOR

2:00 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Bad Debt/Free Care--Continuation of morning discussion

  • Michael Davis, Director of Health System Finances, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Michael Del Trecco, Vice President of Finance, Vermont Hospital Association
3:00 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Uninsured and Underinsured Finances--Representatives from the Massachusetts Health Connector

  • Rebecca Balder, Health Safety Net Director, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, Health and Human Services, Massachusetts
  • Ashley Hague, Deputy Executive Director, Massachusetts Health Connector
  • Marissa Woltmann, Policy Team, Massachusetts Health Connector

Friday, February 20, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-87
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

10:30 AM

H.490 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Budget issues for the Office of the Health Care Advocate

  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
11:00 AM

H.490 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Discussion of issues and priorities

1:00 PM

No Committee Meeting Scheduled


Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-88, 89, 90, 91
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Health Care Financing

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
10:00 AM

FLOOR

10:45 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Health Care Financing

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Caucuses

2:30 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Health Care Financing

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-92, 93, 94, 95
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.299 - An act relating to the implementation of trauma screening and the prevention and treatment of adverse childhood experiences

  • Rep. George W. Till, Sponsor
9:45 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Health Care Financing, priorities

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Rep. William J. Lippert, Chair, House Health Care
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FLOOR

3:00 PM

H.203 - An act relating to advancing Vermont’s health care reform initiatives

The Governor's proposal to move some VITL functions to the Green Mountain Care Board

  • John Evans, President and CEO, Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL)
  • Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-96, 97, 98, 99
Meeting Record
8:00 AM

Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM)

OPTIONAL. Room 10. Senate Health and Welfare will be hearing from David Balto from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Committee members may wish to attend between 8:00 and 9:00.

  • David Balto, Public interest antitrust attorney
9:00 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Sugar Sweetened Beverages - Health Care Implications

  • Kelly Brownell Ph.D., Dean, Sanford School of Public Policy, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University
  • Mike Hammond, General Manager, Coca Cola of Northern New England
  • Chip Hellus, Owner, Outer Limits Health Club
  • Lisa Katic, Registered Dietician, Beverage Industry
  • Stephen Leffler M.D., Chief Medical Officer, University of Vermont Medical Center
  • Laural Ruggles, Vice President of Community Health Improvement, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital
11:00 AM

Blueprint for Health

New reports on Blueprint's effectiveness; Integrating Vermont ACO and Blueprint Activities

  • Nancy Eldridge, Executive Director, Cathedral Square Corporation
  • Craig Jones, Director, Blueprint for Health, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM

FLOOR

Thursday Floor time will be 1:30 PM

2:15 PM

Committee Discussion and Review

3:00 PM

Adjourn


Friday, February 27, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-100
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Committee Bill

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
9:30 AM

FLOOR

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Committee Bill.

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
3:00 PM

Adjourn

PLEASE NOTE: The Legislature does not meet during Town meeting Week, March 2-6. No committee meetings are scheduled.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record

_

The Vermont General Assembly is on break during the Town Meeting recess. No Committee meetings are scheduled.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-101, 102
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

Extended Floor time

12:00 PM

Caucuses and Lunch

1:00 PM

FLOOR

2:45 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Committee bill on health care

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Michael Costa, Deputy Director, Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-103, 104, 105, 106
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Committee bill on health care--review Committee member amendments

  • Susan Barrett, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Rep. Leigh Dakin
  • Rep. Anne B. Donahue
  • Stephen Klein, Chief Legislative Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Rep. Avram Patt
  • Rep. Christopher Pearson
  • Rep. Paul N. Poirier
10:00 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Memorandum from Kavet, Rockler & Associates, re
Administration Payroll Tax / Cost Shift Alternatives

  • Tatiana Andreyevna Ph.D., Director of Economic Initiatives, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, University of Connecticut
  • Tom Kavet, State Economist and Principal Economic Advisor to the Vermont Legislature, Kavet, Rockler and Associates
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
11:00 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FLOOR

2:15 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Michael Costa, Deputy Director, Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform
3:15 PM

Committee Break

4:00 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

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

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-107, 108, 109
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Discussion and vote on financing package.

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FLOOR

2:00 PM

H.487 - An act relating to direct enrollment in Exchange plans and to presuit mediation in medical malpractice claims

Discussion of amendments

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Anne B. Donahue
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Rep. Avram Patt

Friday, March 13, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-110, 111, 112, 113
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

10:15 AM

H.487 - An act relating to direct enrollment in Exchange plans and to presuit mediation in medical malpractice claims

10:15 AM or after the Floor.
Amendments to the House Health care bill that relate to the Blueprint for Health

  • Craig Jones, Director, Blueprint for Health, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Beth Tanzman, Assistant Director, Blueprint for Health, Department of Vermont Health Access
11:00 AM

H.487 - An act relating to direct enrollment in Exchange plans and to presuit mediation in medical malpractice claims

Proposed amendments re Explanation of Benefits (EOB) forms

  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Jeanne Kennedy, Lobbyist, Cigna Health Care
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

H.487 - An act relating to direct enrollment in Exchange plans and to presuit mediation in medical malpractice claims

1:00: Discussion of an amendment on allowing individuals to direct enroll in the Exchange
1:30: Patt amendment re differential payments to health care providers;
2:15: Reduced-scope, new Household Health Insurance Survey

  • Ena Backus, Deputy Director, Health Care Policy and Evaluation, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform
2:30 PM

H.487 - An act relating to direct enrollment in Exchange plans and to presuit mediation in medical malpractice claims

New Committee bill, with a series of policy items. Markup and vote.

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
No CDs
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

11:00 AM

Committee Discussion

11:00 or after the Floor

12:00 PM

Caucuses and Lunch

2:15 PM

No Committee Meeting Scheduled


Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-114, 115
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Lyme Disease

Report on Lyme Disease and Lyme Disease Survey

  • Erica Berl DVM MPH, Health Surveillance Epidemiologist, Department of Health
  • Harry Chen, Commissioner, Department of Health
10:00 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Discussion re memo from Appropriations Committee re health care topics

  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FLOOR

(All afternoon)

2:00 PM

Department of Vermont Health Access

Introduction to new Commissioner Steven Costantino.
POSTPONED: We will reschedule for next week

2:30 PM

Autism Report

Discussion of licensing Behavioral Analysts

  • Ashley Berliner, Medicaid Policy and Planning Chief, Agency of Human Services
  • Steven Costantino, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Chris Winters, Secretary of State's Office

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
No CDs
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

No Committee Meeting Scheduled

10:30 AM

Joint Assembly

Judicial Retention.

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FLOOR

May be lengthy

2:30 PM

TBD


Friday, March 20, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-116, 117, 118
Meeting Record
8:45 AM

Green Mountain Care Board

Brief discussion of the GMCB's new guidance re health care IT systems, and regulatory authority: "Criteria for Creating or Maintaining Connectivity to the Vermont Health Information Exchange"

  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Georgia Maheras, Project Director, Vermont Health Care Innovation Project
9:30 AM

FLOOR

11:00 AM

Mental Health Delivery Systems

11:00 or after the Floor.
Discussion of Rep. Donahue's amendment regarding budgets for inpatient psychiatric care.

  • Steven Costantino, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Rep. Anne B. Donahue, Sponsor, House Committee On Human Services
  • Paul Dupre, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health
  • Carrie Hathaway, Financial Director, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Frank Reed, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Mental Health
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Vermont Health Benefits Exchange

Update from the Administration

  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Office of the Governor

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-119, 120
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

11:00 AM

No Committee Meeting Scheduled

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:15 PM

Vermont Health Benefits Exchange

Administration's proposal re Exchange deadlines.
Vt. Health Connect (VHC) plans and cost sharing reduction; then VHC contingency plan

  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Office of the Governor

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-121, 122, 123, 124
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

No Committee Meeting Scheduled

10:00 AM

Vermont Health Benefits Exchange

Discussion of Administration's proposed language re Exchange time lines and legislative review

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
11:00 AM

Committee Discussion

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FLOOR

2:30 PM

Blueprint for Health

2:30 PM or after the Floor. Blueprint Proposal; budgeting discussion.

  • Craig Jones, Director, Blueprint for Health, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
3:00 PM

Green Mountain Care Board

All-payer waiver, GMCB budget issues

  • Ena Backus, Deputy Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Kate Jones, Financial Director, Green Mountain Care Board
3:30 PM

Vermont Health Benefits Exchange

Finalize language re amendment regarding Exchange timelines and legislative review

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
4:00 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Section 5a

  • Julie Tessler, Director, Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-125
Meeting Record
8:30 AM

Committee Discussion

Budget priorities.
[Autism testimony will be rescheduled for next week]

  • Susan Barrett, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Kate Jones, Financial Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
9:30 AM

FLOOR

The Floor starts at 9:30 today, expected to go for most of the day

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FLOOR

Floor, continued for the afternoon


Friday, March 27, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
No CDs
Meeting Record
8:30 AM

No Committee Meeting Scheduled

9:30 AM

FLOOR

Floor expected to go for most of the day

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FLOOR

Floor continued for the afternoon


Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-126
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

11:00 AM

No Committee Meeting Scheduled

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:15 PM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Revenues and constraints

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
No CDs
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

Lengthy

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FLOOR

Lengthy

3:00 PM

TBD

3:00 PM or after the Floor


Thursday, April 2, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
No CDs
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

Lengthy

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FLOOR

All afternoon


Friday, April 3, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
No CDs
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

FLOOR

Please note time: 9:00 AM. Expected to be lengthy.

11:00 AM

Adjourn


Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
No CDs
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

11:00 AM

No Committee Meeting Scheduled

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:15 PM

No Committee Meeting Scheduled


Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-127
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

H.481 and H.487: Committee discussion

10:00 AM

No Committee Meeting Scheduled

11:30 AM

Report On Access to Tobacco and Alcohol by the Underage in Vermont

Presentation from students in the Pre-Law Class, Southwest Vermont Career Development Center

  • Cyonn Alexander, Pre-Law Class, Southwest Vermont Career Development Center
  • Celia Brambley, Pre-Law Class, Southwest Vermont Career Development Center
  • McKayla Brown, Pre-Law Class, Southwest Vermont Career Development Center
  • Chelsea Corrow, Pre-Law Class, Southwest Vermont Career Development Center
  • Samuel Gezelius, Pre-Law Class, Southwest Vermont Career Development Center
  • Bruce Lee-Clark, Pre-Law Instructor, Southwest Vermont Career Development Center
  • Laina Main, Pre-Law Class, Southwest Vermont Career Development Center
  • Rep. Ruqaiyah Morris
  • Mariah Spencer, Pre-Law Class, Southwest Vermont Career Development Center
  • Thomas Tift, Pre-Law Class, Southwest Vermont Career Development Center
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FLOOR

Extended debate expected--for the rest of the afternoon


Thursday, April 9, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-128, 129
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

Discussion of certain sections of S.139

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

No Committee Meeting Scheduled

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FLOOR

Probably lengthy

2:15 PM

Committee Discussion

Discussing future agendas


Friday, April 10, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-130
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

11:30 AM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

Testimony on the "hospital observation status" section of the bill.

  • Jill Olson, Vice President of Policy & Legislative Affairs, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
  • Julia Shaw, Policy Analyst, Office of the Health Care Advocate
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:15 PM

H.329 - An act relating to the interstate Health Care Compact

Introduction to the bill. Walk-through at 11:00; other testimony to follow.

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Dave Sterrett, Health Care Policy Group

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-131, 132, 133
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

11:00 AM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs).

  • Brian Murphy, Director of Pharmacy Benefits, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:15 PM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs).

  • David Balto, Public interest antitrust attorney
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Jeff Hochberg, President, Vermont Retail Druggists Association
  • Keith Jones, Lobbyist, CVS/Caremark
  • Theo Kennedy, Lobbyist, Vermont Pharmacists Association
  • Maribeth Spellman, Commissioner, Department of Human Resources
  • Charles Storrow, Lobbyist, Express Scripts, Inc.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-134, 135, 136
Meeting Record
8:30 AM

Ethics Training

House Chamber

10:30 AM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs)

  • Nancy Hogue, Director of Pharmacy Services, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
11:00 AM

H.97 - An act relating to the maximum allowable cost for prescription drug reimbursement

Walk-through of the bill

  • Jenny Prosser, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FLOOR

2:00 PM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

2:00 PM or after the Floor.
Language on "hospital observation status"

  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
2:30 PM

Health Insurance--Common Claims Edit Standards

Common Claims Edit Standards

  • Michael Donofrio, General Counsel, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Kelly Macnee, Health Policy Analyst, Green Mountain Care Board
3:00 PM

Urgent Care Centers

Urgent Care Centers---update on legislative history, and testimony from the Green Mountain Care Board

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Michael Donofrio, General Counsel, Green Mountain Care Board

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.481 - An act relating to supporting health care initiatives and establishing payroll and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Blueprint for Health

  • Craig Jones, Director, Blueprint for Health, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
9:45 AM

Health Care Delivery Systems

Conversation with two of the speakers who will be presenting at the annual conference of the Vermont Blueprint for Health, "Building Health Systems"

  • Craig Jones, Director, Blueprint for Health, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Nick Macchione, Director and Chief Administrative Officer, Health and Human Services Agency, San Diego
  • Graham Watt, Professor and Chair of General Practice and Primary Care, The Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, Scotland
10:30 AM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

Walk-through, bill as passed by the Senate

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

Break

11:30 AM

H.97 - An act relating to the maximum allowable cost for prescription drug reimbursement

Presentation by bill sponsor. Moved from 11:00 AM

  • Rep. George W. Till
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FLOOR

Lengthy: Includes S. 9, Protecting children from abuse and neglect; and S. 141, Possession of firearms

4:00 PM

Reception

Reception, Vt. Community Coalition, with public health speaker Mark Fenton.
Sponsored by AARP and the Vermont Dept. of Health.
4:00-6:00 PM, Cafeteria


Friday, April 17, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
No CDs
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

11:00 AM

No Committee Meeting Scheduled

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

No Committee Meeting Scheduled


Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-140, 141, 142
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

FLOOR

11:00 AM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

PBM language

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
11:30 AM

Health Care Advocate Update

Quarterly Report of the Office of the Health Care Advocate, January-March 2015

  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:15 PM

Vermont Health Connect

(Vermont Health Benefits Exchange)
Report from the State Auditor

  • Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office
  • Linda Lambert, Director of IT and Performance Audits, State Auditor's Office
  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Office of the Governor

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-143, 144, 145
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

State House Security

Brief presentation on call buttons, etc.; short video

  • Janet Miller, Sergeant-At-Arms
9:15 AM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

Discuss language re PBMs, and re hospital observation status.

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Keith Jones, Lobbyist, CVS/Caremark
  • Theo Kennedy, Lobbyist, Vermont Pharmacists Association
  • Jill Olson, Vice President of Policy & Legislative Affairs, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
  • Charles Storrow, Lobbyist, Express Scripts, Inc.
9:45 AM

Vermont Health Benefits Exchange

Committee discussion

  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Office of the Governor
11:00 AM

Vermont Health Benefits Exchange

  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Office of the Governor
  • Rep. Christopher Pearson
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FLOOR

Could be lengthy debate on sick leave.


Thursday, April 23, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-146, 147, 148, 149
Meeting Record
8:00 AM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

Committee discussion--revised language

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • Jill Olson, Vice President of Policy & Legislative Affairs, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
8:30 AM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

New strike-all proposal from Rep. Bill Lippert

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Rep. William J. Lippert, Chair, House Committee on Health Care
10:00 AM

Evacuation Drill

Initial walk-though of evacuating the State House -- rain or shine

  • Janet Miller, Sergeant-At-Arms
10:30 AM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

New proposal from Rep. Lippert

  • Ena Backus, Deputy Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Office of the Governor
  • Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FLOOR

1:15 PM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

New time: 1:15 PM
HHC Strike-all amendment with policy and money items.
Markup and vote.

1:30 PM

FLOOR

Floor, cont.


Friday, April 24, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-150, 151, 152
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

10:30 AM

S.60 - An act relating to payment for medical examinations for victims of sexual assault

10:30 AM or after the Floor
Introduction, walk-through and testimony

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Jill Olson, Vice President of Policy & Legislative Affairs, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
  • Judy Rex, Executive Director, Vermont Center for Crime Victims Services
11:15 AM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

11:15 or 11:30--Committee discussion--Vermont Health Benefits Exchange

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:15 PM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

Committee discussion--Vermont Health Benefits Exchange

  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Office of the Governor

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-153
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

HHC Committee amendment re Exchange oversight and FSSBM

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Office of the Governor
10:00 AM

FLOOR

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

1:00 PM

FLOOR

2:15 PM

No Committee Meeting Scheduled


Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-154
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

Committee review of amendments from other committees.

  • Rep. Janet Ancel, Chair, House Committee on Ways and Means
  • Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Mitzi Johnson, Chair, House Committee on Appropriations
11:30 AM

Committee Discussion

Brief

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FLOOR

(State House Singers sing the devotional)
No Committee meeting after the Floor


Thursday, April 30, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-155
Meeting Record
8:30 AM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

Review amendments to S.139. Other witnesses TBD

  • Rep. Paul N. Poirier
9:30 AM

FLOOR

Presentation of S.139 and amendments on the Floor;
Presentation of S.60

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FLOOR

Presentation of S.139 and amendments on the Floor;
Presentation of S.60


Friday, May 1, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-156, 157
Meeting Record
8:30 AM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

Amendments to S.139

  • Ena Backus, Deputy Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Rep. Cynthia Browning
  • Rep. Anne B. Donahue
  • Rep. Corey Parent
  • Rep. Teo Zagar
9:30 AM

FLOOR

Probably: S.139

12:00 PM

Lunch

10:30 AM

H.98 - An act relating to reportable disease registries and data

Brief Committee discussion

10:45 AM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

Discuss amendments

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Dennis J. Devereux
  • Rep. Ronald E. Hubert
  • Damien Leonard, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. David Sharpe
11:00 AM

FLOOR

Debate for the rest of the day on House Floor, S.139


Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-158, 159, 160
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.98 - An act relating to reportable disease registries and data

Initial discussion and testimony on underlying bill and on vaccinations

  • Bridget Asay, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General
  • Tracy Dolan, Deputy Commissioner, Vermont Department of Health
  • Christine Finley, Immunization Program Chief, Vermont Department of Health
  • Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
10:00 AM

FLOOR

11:00 AM

H.98 - An act relating to reportable disease registries and data

CANCELLED DUE TO EXTENDED FLOOR TIME.

  • Tracy Dolan, Deputy Commissioner, Vermont Department of Health
  • Christine Finley, Immunization Program Chief, Vermont Department of Health
  • Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:15 PM

H.98 - An act relating to reportable disease registries and data

MOVED TO ROOM 11
Additional testimony on vaccinations.

  • Mia Hockett
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr., President, Waterkeeper Alliance
  • Keith Loud MD, Interim Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Greta Lowther, Calais
  • Nicole Matten, Barton
  • John Modlin MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Geisel School of Medicine; Deputy Director (Polio), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Valerie Rooney, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-161, 162, 163, 164, 165
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.98 - An act relating to reportable disease registries and data

May start in Room 45, then move to Room 10
Vaccinations.

  • Christie Allen, Shelburne
  • Courtney Boutin, Fletcher
  • Isabella Boutin, Fletcher
  • Wendy Davis MD, Senior Faculty, Vermont Child Health Improvement Program, Department of Pediatrics, University of Vermont, College of Medicine
  • Mary Holland JD, Director, Graduate Lawyering Program, New York University School of Law
  • Robert Macauley MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Director, Clinical Ethics, University of Vermont College of Medicine and the Vermont Children’s Hospital
  • Allison Mindel, Worcester
  • Thomas A. E. Moseley MD, Newport Pediatrics, North Country Hospital
  • William Raszka MD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Vermont College of Medicine and the Vermont Children’s Hospital
  • Jennifer Stella, Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice
  • Maureen Wheeler, Charlotte
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FLOOR

2:30 PM

H.98 - An act relating to reportable disease registries and data

ROOM 10
2:30 PM or after the Floor. Vaccinations. Additional witnesses TBD, including any witnesses bumped from Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning

  • Gabriel Archdeacon ND, Naturopathic Physician
  • Jaime Bedard, Project Coordinator, Montpelier
  • Rebecca Bell, MD, FAAP, Pediatric Critical Care Physician, University of Vermont Medical Center
  • Christine Horton, Burlington
  • Sandy Reider MD, Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice
  • Heather Rice, Shelburne
  • Sam Russo ND, Advisor, Licensing Naturopathic Physicians, Office of Professional Regulation, Secretary of State's Office
  • Andrew Shamis, South Burlington
  • Peter Teachout, Professor, Vermont Law School
  • Miro Weinberger, Mayor, City Of Burlington

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-166, 167, 168, 169
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.98 - An act relating to reportable disease registries and data

ROOM 10

  • Harry Chen, Commissioner, Vermont Department  of Health
  • Christine Finley, Immunization Program Chief, Vermont Department of Health
  • Rep. George W. Till, Bill Sponsor, Jericho
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FLOOR

3:00 PM

H.98 - An act relating to reportable disease registries and data

Vaccinations

  • Harry Chen, Commissioner, Vermont Department  of Health
  • Christine Finley, Immunization Program Chief, Vermont Department of Health

Friday, May 8, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-170, 171, 172, 173
Meeting Record
8:30 AM

H.98 - An act relating to reportable disease registries and data

Testimony on statutes

  • Christine Finley, Immunization Program Chief, Vermont Department of Health
  • Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:15 AM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

Review of Senate Proposal of Amendment, passed 5/7/15

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
9:30 AM

FLOOR

11:00 AM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

Review of Senate Proposal of Amendment passed 5/7/15

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FLOOR

1:30 PM

H.98 - An act relating to reportable disease registries and data

Amendment from Rep. Donahue

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Anne B. Donahue, Sponsor
3:00 PM

FLOOR

NEXT WEEK:
Monday, May 11:
9:00 AM H.98
Selected witnesses and committee discussion
1:00 PM: FLOOR
5:30 PM H.98, Public Hearing, Room 11

Tuesday, May 12:
8:30 AM H.98
Committee Discussion
9:30 AM Floor


Monday, May 11, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-174, 175, 176, 176A
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.98 - An act relating to reportable disease registries and data

Additional requested testimony;
Committee discussion

  • Aaron Dunn, Program Manager, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Public Health Division, Oregon Immunization Program
  • Greg Glennon, General Counsel, Agency of Education
  • Kenneth Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families
  • Stephanie Winters, Operations Director, Vermont Medical Society
12:00 PM

H.98 - An act relating to reportable disease registries and data

Responses, Dept. of Health

  • David Englander, Senior Policy and Legal Advisor, Vermont Department of Health
  • Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
1:00 PM

FLOOR

5:30 PM

H.98 - An act relating to reportable disease registries and data

Public Hearing, 5:30-7:30 PM, Room 11, or Well of the House

  • Christie Allen, Shelburne
  • Jordan Benjamin, Middlebury
  • Zail S. Berry, Essex
  • Kimberly Blake, S. Burlington
  • Jonathan Blue, Burlington
  • Makenna Cannon, S. Burlington
  • Beth Champagne, St. Johnsbury
  • Wade Chivingdon, Waterville
  • Shari Corr, Winooski
  • Maura Davis, Stowe
  • Morilla Devost, Burlington
  • Sean Diehl, PhD, Shelburne
  • Amelia Fisher, Burlington
  • Sarah Fogelman, S. Burlington
  • Barbara Frankowski, President, American Academy of Pediatrics, Jericho
  • Lyla Gilbert, Hardwick
  • Amanda Gilman-Bogie, Barre
  • Brian Goodwin, Middlesex
  • Cathy Hirce, Stowe
  • Elizabeth Hunt, Burlington
  • Penrose Jackson, VT Public Health Association, Hinesburg
  • Suzanna Jones, Walden
  • Anne Judson, Burlington
  • Michael Kilcullen, Woodstock
  • Beth Kirkpatrick, Westford
  • John Kords, Montpelier
  • William Lammer, S. Burlington
  • Thom Lauzon, Mayor, Barre City
  • Shawna Lidsky, Shelburne
  • Benjamin Littenberg, Burlington
  • Marvin Malek MD, Berlin
  • Naomi Malik, Woodstock
  • Kelly McCracken, Montpelier
  • Jack McCullough, Parents Against Preventable Infections, Montpelier
  • Rene McGuinness, Monkton
  • Thomas McLeod, Montpelier
  • Mary Metcalf, Panton
  • Julie Moore, Middlesex
  • James O'Hanlon, Worcester
  • Allen Packard, Essex
  • Douglas Perkins, Monkton
  • Nancy Pruitt, Shelburne
  • Matt Pyle, S. Burlington
  • Peter Reed, Burlington
  • Abby Russell, Underhill
  • Marijke Russo, East Montpelier
  • Michael Secore, Craftsbury
  • Erin Sepic, Richmond
  • Sandy Snyder, Westfield
  • Renee Stapleton, Essex
  • Brian Till, Burlington
  • Alexandra Turner, Essex Junction
  • Eaman Twohig, Burlington
  • Karen Vatz, East Montpelier
  • Paul Wallace-Brodeur, Montpelier
  • Ken Weliczka, Williston

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
15-177, 178, 179
Meeting Record
8:00 AM

H.98 - An act relating to reportable disease registries and data

Committee discussion; amendments

  • Rep. Paul Dame
  • David Englander, Senior Policy and Legal Advisor, Vermont Department of Health
  • Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:30 AM

FLOOR

11:15 AM

H.98 - An act relating to reportable disease registries and data

Committee discussion, amendments

  • Rep. Paul Dame, Sponsor
  • David Englander, Senior Policy and Legal Advisor, Vermont Department of Health
  • Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Michael Yantachka, Sponsor
  • Rep. Michael Yantachka, Sponsor
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

1:00 PM

FLOOR

5:00 PM

S.139 - An act relating to health care

First meeting, Committee of Conference.
Room 45


Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
No CDs
Meeting Record
8:00 AM

No Committee Meeting

(Committee of Conference for S.139 is meeting today instead)

9:30 AM

FLOOR

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

No Committee Meeting


Thursday, May 14, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
No CDs
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

No Committee Meeting

5:00 PM

FLOOR

7:30 PM

FLOOR


Friday, May 15, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
CDs
No CDs
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

FLOOR

And several other Floor times during the day and evening


Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

Review of Act 54 (S. 139)

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
10:45 AM

Vermont Health Connect

Update

  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
11:45 AM

Vermont Health Connect

Update

  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
12:00 PM

Vermont Health Connect

Update

  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • William Lambrukos, Senior Vice President, Operations, Operations, NEDD; and Delta Dental Plan of Vermont
  • Dawn Schneiderman, Director, Audit and Anti-fraud Programs, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
12:30 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM

All Payer Model

  • Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
2:15 PM

Green Mountain Care Board

  • Susan Barrett, Executive Director, Green Mountain College
  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
2:45 PM

Medicaid Spending ~ FY16 Update

  • Steven Costantino, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access
3:15 PM

Committee Discussion

Including planning of future meeting and agenda topics

3:30 PM

Adjourn


Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

Vermont Health Connect

  • Don George, CEO and President, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Dawn Schneiderman, Director, Audit and Anti-fraud Programs, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
12:30 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM

Medicaid Update

  • Stephanie Barrett, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • James Reardon, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management
2:15 PM

All Payer Model

  • Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
3:30 PM

Adjourn


Monday, November 30, 2015
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

All Payer Model Update

  • Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
--

Consumer Principles for Vermont's All-Payer Model

  • Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • Julia Shaw, Policy Analyst, Office of the Health Care Advocate
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:15 PM

Vermont Health Connect

  • Lori Collins, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Cassandra Gekas, Director of Operations, Vermont Health Connect
  • Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office
  • Justin Johnson, Secretary, Agency of Administration
  • Brian Reagan, Partner, Audit Services, Global Public Sector, Grant Thornton
3:00 PM

Committee Discussion

3:30 PM

Adjourn


Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

10:30 AM or 15 min. after Floor

HHC Committee Priorities and Process

Discussion of HHC Committee priorities for 2016 session

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. William J. Lippert, Chair, House Committee on Health Care
  • Rep. Christopher Pearson, Vice Chair, House Committee on Health Care
12:00 PM

Caucuses

Noon to 2:15 PM

2:30 PM

HHC Committee Priorities and Process

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. William J. Lippert, Chair, House Committee on Health Care
  • Rep. Christopher Pearson, Vice Chair, House Committee on Health Care

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Medicaid Overview

  • Ashley Berliner, Director of Health Care Policy and Planning, Agency of Human Services
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
10:00 AM

Medicaid Budget

Overview and costs

  • Stephanie Barrett, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
11:00 AM

Affordable Care Act Waiver

ACA Sec. 1332 State Innovation Waiver (S.H.O.P.)

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Devon Green, Special Counsel, Department of Taxes
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
1:30 PM

Pathways Vermont

Housing and supportive services for Vermonters who have experienced chronic homelessness and suffer from severe and persistent mental illness and/or co-occurring substance abuse disorders

  • Maura Collins, Policy and Planning Manager, Vermont Housing Finance Agency
  • Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
  • Hilary Melton, Director, Pathways Vermont
  • Melissa Picard, Pathways Vermont
  • Laura-Nicole Sisson, Development and Communications Associate, Pathways Vermont
2:15 PM

Budget Adjustment Act and FY16 Budget

Overview of Medicaid Budget issues

  • Steven Costantino, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Carrie Hathaway, Financial Director, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
3:30 PM

House Floor


Thursday, January 7, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

House Chamber, from 9:00--10:30 AM

11:00 AM

Vermont Health Benefits Exchange

Update on the Exchange

  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
2:00 PM

State of the State Address

House Chamber

3:30 PM

House Floor


Friday, January 8, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

10:30 AM

Security Update

Committee Room

11:00 AM

Stranded Dollars Report

Report on the Green Mountain Care Board's Findings Regarding Any "Stranded Dollars" in the Fiscal Year 2016 Budgets Proposed by Vermont Hospitals
http://gmcboard.vermont.gov/sites/gmcboard/files/Act54Sec47_Stranded_Dollar_report.pdf

  • Michael Davis, Director of Health System Finances, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Michael Donofrio, General Counsel, Green Mountain Care Board
11:30 AM

Consumer Price and Transparency Report

  • Jessica Holmes, Board Member, Green Mountain Care Board
1:00 PM

Ambulance Reimbursements

Medicaid reimbursement for ambulance services

  • Steven Costantino, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Carrie Hathaway, Financial Director, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Drew Hazelton, Member, Rescue Inc. of Brattleboro
  • Deb Maddalena, Medicaid Operations Administrator, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Mark Podgwaite, Member, Lyndon Rescue
  • Jeff Spencer, Director, Medical Business Services

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

11:00 AM

Vermont Department of Health

Health indicators; health status of Vermonters

  • Harry Chen, Commissioner, Vermont Department  of Health
12:00 PM

Caucuses

2:30 PM

FY2016 Governor's Proposed Budget Adjustment

Joint with House Committee on Appropriations.
Budget for DVHA, Department of Vermont Health Access.
ROOM 11

  • Steven Costantino, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Carrie Hathaway, Financial Director, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

All Payer Model Update

And Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).
Joint with House Committee on Human Services.
ROOM 11.
Other witnesses TBA

  • Ena Backus, Deputy Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Richard Slusky, Director of Payment Reform, Green Mountain Care Board
11:00 AM

Medicaid Overview

Committee discussion

  • Stephanie Barrett, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
1:00 PM

Medicaid Overview

Committee discussion

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
2:30 PM

Budget Adjustment Act and FY16 Budget

Committee discussion

  • Lana Metayer, Parent
  • Catherine Simonson, Child, Youth &  Family Services, Howard Center
3:30 PM

House Floor


Thursday, January 14, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

All Payer Model Update

and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).
Joint with House Committee on Human Services.
ROOM 10

  • Patrick Flood, CEO, Northern Counties Health Care
  • Michael Hall, Executive Director, Champlain Valley Area Agency on Aging
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • Mary Moulton, Executive Director, Washington County Mental Health Services
  • Judy Peterson, President and CEO, Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties
10:30 AM

All Payer Model Update

  • Ena Backus, Deputy Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Richard Slusky, Director of Payment Reform, Green Mountain Care Board
11:15 AM

FY2016 Governor's Proposed Budget Adjustment

Committee discussion

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
1:00 PM

Budget Adjustment Act and FY16 Budget

1:00-2:30 PM; no committee meeting 2:30-3:30 PM.
Carrie Hathaway will be here just 1:00-1:30 PM.
[Lawrence Miller's testimony on VHC will be rescheduled to next week.]

  • Ashley Berliner, Medicaid Policy and Planning Chief, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Carrie Hathaway, Financial Director, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
3:30 PM

House Floor


Friday, January 15, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

10:30 AM

H.524 - An act relating to seeking a waiver to permit businesses to continue to purchase Exchange plans directly from insurers

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
11:00 AM

Medicaid Overview

Committee discussion

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
1:00 PM

No Committee Meeting

MONDAY, JANUARY 18

_

NOTE: Monday, January 18, the State House will be closed, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr., Day. The State House will be closed.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Caucuses

2:30 PM

H.524 - An act relating to seeking a waiver to permit businesses to continue to purchase Exchange plans directly from insurers

Testimony; vote

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Devon Green, Special Counsel for Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
3:20 PM

Vermont Health Connect

Update

  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
3:30 PM

Universal Primary Care, Reports

Reports from the Administration and from Joint Fiscal Office

  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Joyce Manchester, Senior Economist, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Marisa Melamed, Health Care Reform Policy and Planning Coordinator, Agency of Administration

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Accountable Care Organizations

Testimony from ACO organizations

  • Amy Cooper, Executive Director, Healthfirst, Inc.
  • Joyce Gallimore, Director, Community Health Accountable Care LLC (CHAC)
  • Todd Moore, CEO, OneCare Vermont
10:30 AM

All Payer Model Update

  • Ena Backus, Deputy Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
1:00 PM

House Floor

2:00 PM

Vermont Health Connect

Updates and discussion.

  • Don George, CEO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Rebecca Heinz, Associate General Counsel, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
7:30 PM

Farmers Night

NOTE: Farmers Night this week is Nisht Geferlach Klezmer Band, with Rep. Avram Patt


Thursday, January 21, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.866 - An act relating to prescription drug manufacturer cost transparency

9:00-10:30 AM. Overview of Issues.

  • Michael Fischer MD MS, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacoeconomics, Brigham & Women's
  • Aaron French, Deputy Commissioner,  Health Services and Managed Care, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Brian Murphy, Pharmacy Program Director, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Michael Ouellette, Clinical Pharmacy Manager, Goold Health Systems
  • Ameet Sarpatwari JD PhD, Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacoeconomics, Brigham & Women's
11:00 AM

Medicaid Overview

MCO investments

  • Stephanie Barrett, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
1:00 PM

Universal Primary Care, Reports

  • Deborah Richter, MD, Family Physician in Addiction Medicine
2:00 PM

Governor's 2016 Budget Address

House Chamber

3:30 PM

House Floor


Friday, January 22, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.524 - An act relating to seeking a waiver to permit businesses to continue to purchase Exchange plans directly from insurers

Tentative--only if there are any amendments

9:30 AM

House Floor

10:30 AM

H.866 - An act relating to prescription drug manufacturer cost transparency

Joint with several committees, Room 11.
Representative Peter Welch and staff

  • Peter Welch, U.S. Congressman, Vermont
1:00 PM

Pharmacists as health care providers

Discussion of possible health insurance reimbursement to pharmacists, in their role as health care providers/advisors.

  • Aaron French, Deputy Commissioner,  Health Services and Managed Care, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Robert A. Hamilton, Associate Dean of the Vermont Campus, Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • Jeff Hochberg, President, Vermont Retail Druggists Association
  • Marty Irons, Vermont Pharmacists Association
  • Theo Kennedy, Lobbyist, Vermont Pharmacists and Retail Druggists, Otis & Kennedy, LLC
  • Jeffrey B. Schnoor, President Elect, Vermont Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

(Budget Adjustment Act)

12:00 PM

Caucuses and Lunch

2:30 PM

Green Mountain Care Board

Annual Report.
Link to GMCB 2015 Annual Report:
http://www.gmcboard.vermont.gov/sites/gmcboard/files/Annual-Rpt-011116-Final.pdf

  • Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Federally-Qualified Health Centers--FQHCs

  • Patrick Flood, CEO, Northern Counties Health Care
  • Martha Halnon, CEO, Mountain Health Center
  • Fay Homan, MD, Little Rivers Health Care
  • Tim Tanner, MD, Northern Counties Health Care
9:30 AM

SIM Grant

Vermont Health Care Innovation Project

  • Georgia Maheras, Project Director, Vermont Health Care Innovation Project
10:00 AM

House Floor

Extended debate

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

Extended debate, continued


Thursday, January 28, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

No Committee Meeting Scheduled

9:30 AM

Accountable Care Organizations

  • Amy Cooper, Executive Director, Healthfirst, Inc.
  • Joyce Gallimore, Director, Community Health Accountable Care LLC (CHAC)
  • Todd Moore, CEO, OneCare Vermont
11:00 AM

Medicaid Update

Medicaid funding in different state departments

  • Sarah Clark, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Human Services
11:40 AM

Provider Tax

Brief overview of Governor's proposed provider tax on primary care and dental

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

2:00 PM

No Committee Meeting Scheduled

4:30 PM

Vermont Health Connect

Update

  • Cassandra Gekas, Director of Operations, Vermont Health Connect
  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Sean Sheehan, Director of Education and Outreach, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Justin Tease, Director of Change Management, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)

Friday, January 29, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

Extended debate on education bill

11:00 AM

House Floor

Floor debate, cont.

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

All afternoon on education bills


Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

11:00 AM

Medicaid Update

Discussion of MAGI (modified adjusted gross income)

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel for Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

All Payer Model

Term sheet for draft all-payer waiver

  • Ena Backus, Deputy Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

FY17 Proposed Budget

Governor's proposed budget for the Department of Health Care Access (DVHA)

  • Steven Costantino, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Carrie Hathaway, Financial Director, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
10:30 AM

Vermont Health Connect

Update; updates from other health insurance providers

  • Cassandra Gekas, Director of Operations, Vermont Health Connect
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Sean Sheehan, Director of Education and Outreach, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

2:30 PM

Accountable Care Organizations

Update on OneCare Vermont.

  • Todd Moore, CEO, OneCare Vermont
3:15 PM

H.812 - An act relating to implementing an all-payer model and oversight of accountable care organizations

Consumer protections under all-payer waiver and accountable care organizations

  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Medicaid Update

Optional and mandatory services

  • Ashley Berliner, Director of Healthcare Policy and Planning, Agency of Human Services
9:30 AM

VITL (Vermont Information Technology Leaders)

Update and VITL annual report

  • John Evans, President and CEO, Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL)
10:30 AM

Health Information Technology Fund

Update and report

  • Steven Costantino, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • John K. Evans, President and CEO, Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL)
  • Georgia Maheras, Project Director, Vermont Health Care Innovation Project
  • Steve Maier, Health Care Reform Manager, Div. of Health Care Reform
11:30 AM

Vermont Health Information Technology Plan

  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Steve Maier, Health Care Reform Manager, Div. of Health Care Reform
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

2:00 PM

H.866 - An act relating to prescription drug manufacturer cost transparency

Legislation from other states regarding prescription drug cost transparency

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Friday, February 5, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

10:30 AM

Blueprint for Health

Annual Report

  • Craig Jones, Director, Blueprint for Health, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Jenney Samuelson, Assistant Director, Blueprint for Health
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Committee Discussion

Quick overview of 2016 bills in Committee

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

11:00 AM

Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)

Update on academic detailing
11:00--11:45 AM

  • Elizabeth Cote, Director, Area Health Education Centers, UVM College of Medicine (AHEC)
  • Charles MacLean MD, Associate Dean for Primary Care, University of Vermont College of Medicine
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

Vermont Household Health Insurance Survey

  • Tracy Dolan, Deputy Commissioner, Vermont Department of Health
  • Richard McCoy, Manager, Public Health Statistics, Vermont Department of Health

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.761 - An act relating to cataloguing and aligning health care performance measures

Initial presentation and discussion.

  • Rep. Charles Conquest, Bill Sponsor
  • Catherine Fulton, Executive Director, Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care (VPQHC)
  • Pat Jones, Health Care Project Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Georgia Maheras, Project Director, Vermont Health Care Innovation Project
10:30 AM

Vermont Health Connect

Update; discussion with Benaissance, the premium processor for Vermont Health Connect

  • Cassandra Gekas, Director of Operations, Vermont Health Connect
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Dawn Schneiderman, Director, Audit and Risk Management, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Sean Sheehan, Director of Education and Outreach, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Mark Waterstraat, Chief Strategy Officer, Benaissance
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

2:00 PM

All Payer Model

Discussion continued.

  • Ena Backus, Deputy Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Michael Costa, Deputy Director, Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
3:30 PM

H.761 - An act relating to cataloguing and aligning health care performance measures

  • Catherine Fulton, Executive Director, Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care (VPQHC)
  • Debra Wilcox, Director of Planning and Health Care Policy, Department of Health

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Department of Vermont Health Access. Discussion, continued. 9:00 AM to noon.

  • Steven Costantino, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Carrie Hathaway, Financial Director, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Howard Pallotta, General Counsel, Department of Vermont Health Access
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

2:45 PM

H.766 - An act relating to a study of expanding Dr. Dynasaur

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Karen Horn, Director, Public Policy and Advocacy, Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Stephen Klein, Chief Legislative Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Rep. Ruqaiyah Morris, Bill Sponsor
  • Peter Sterling, Executive Director, Dr. Dynasaur 2.0 Campaign
  • Philene Taormina, Director of Advocacy, AARP Vermont

Friday, February 12, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.761 - An act relating to cataloguing and aligning health care performance measures

  • Victoria Loner, Vice President of Clinical Operations, OneCare Vermont
9:30 AM

House Floor

11:15 AM

H.761 - An act relating to cataloguing and aligning health care performance measures

  • Craig Jones, Director, Blueprint for Health, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Sharon Winn, Director, Vermont Public Policy, Bi-State Primary Care Association
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

H.761 - An act relating to cataloguing and aligning health care performance measures

  • Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
  • Pat Jones, Health Care Project Director, Green Mountain Care Board

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

11:00 AM

H.761 - An act relating to cataloguing and aligning health care performance measures

Witnesses and committee discussion

  • Catherine Burns, Quality Director, Vermont Care Partners
  • Lila Richardson, Staff Attorney, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • Julie Tessler, Director, Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

H.866 - An act relating to prescription drug manufacturer cost transparency

  • Jill Abrams, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office
  • Merideth Chaudoir, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office
  • Wendy Morgan, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office
3:30 PM

H.524 - An act relating to seeking a waiver to permit businesses to continue to purchase Exchange plans directly from insurers

Draft Section 1332 Waiver

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel for Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Committee discussion

  • Carrie Hathaway, Financial Director, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
10:30 AM

Vermont Health Connect

Update, and follow-up on Exchange Alternatives Report

  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Frank Petrus, Senior Managing Partner, Gartner Consulting
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

Expected to continue all afternoon

3:30 PM

No Committee Meeting Scheduled


Thursday, February 18, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Dept. of Vermont Health Access

  • Steven Costantino, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Carrie Hathaway, Financial Director, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Rebecca Heinz, Counsel, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
10:30 AM

Joint Assembly

Election of two Trustees of the Vermont State Colleges Corporations

11:00 AM

H.761 - An act relating to cataloguing and aligning health care performance measures

Committee discussion and possible vote

  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

2:30 PM

H.761 - An act relating to cataloguing and aligning health care performance measures

Committee discussion; amendments; vote

  • Pat Jones, Assistant Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Georgia Maheras, Project Director, Vermont Health Care Innovation Project
  • Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:00 PM

Committee Discussion

Discussion, prioritizing issues


Friday, February 19, 2016
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:05 AM

Green Mountain Care Board

GMCB Budget discussion

  • Susan Barrett, JD, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Kate Jones, Financial Director, Green Mountain Care Board
9:30 AM

House Floor

10:30 AM

Ambulance Reimbursements

  • James Finger, President, Rutland Regional Ambulance Service
  • Drew Hazelton, Member, Rescue Inc. of Brattleboro
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Rep. Oliver Olsen
11:15 AM

Green Mountain Care Board

Continue GMCB budget discussion.

  • Susan Barrett, JD, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Kate Jones, Financial Director, Green Mountain Care Board
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Budget of the Office of the Vermont Health Care Advocate

  • Kate Jones, Financial Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
2:00 PM

H.812 - An act relating to implementing an all-payer model and oversight of accountable care organizations

Walk-through and discussion

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

H. 611 Fiscal year 2016 budget adjustments; H. 761 Cataloging and aligning health care performance measures

11:00 AM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Budget memo--budget for Office of Health Care Advocate.

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Budget memo from Committee to House Appropriations.

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
3:15 PM

H.866 - An act relating to prescription drug manufacturer cost transparency

Proposal re manufacturers' fee

  • Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas
3:30 PM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Discussion, continued


Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Housing and Health Care

  • Gus Seelig, Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board
  • Jason Williams, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, University of Vermont Medical Center
9:45 AM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Budget memo

  • Rebecca Heintz, Associate General Counsel, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
11:00 AM

Vermont Health Connect

Update. 11:00 AM this week, not 10:30

  • Cassandra Gekas, Director of Operations, Vermont Health Connect
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

Includes H.761

2:30 PM

Housing and Health Care

  • Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
3:00 PM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Budget memo discussion

  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
4:00 PM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

DVHA payer of last resort

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Bradley Wilhelm, Assistant General Counsel, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)

Thursday, February 25, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

No Committee Meeting Scheduled

10:00 AM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Committee discussion--budget memo

10:30 AM

Green Mountain Care Board

Hospital budgets; GMCB update.

  • Michael Davis, Director of Health System Finances, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

2:00 PM

H.812 - An act relating to implementing an all-payer model and oversight of accountable care organizations

Committee discussion

  • Ena Backus, Deputy Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Alicia Cooper, Health Care Project Director, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • John Michael Hall, Executive Director, Champlain Valley Area Agency on Aging
  • Victoria Loner, Deputy Director, OneCare Vermont
  • Todd Moore, CEO, OneCare Vermont
  • Julie Tessler, Director, Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services
3:45 PM

No Committee Meeting


Friday, February 26, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Obesity and CHAMPPS funding

  • Jill Sudhoff-Guerin, Government Relations Director, American Cancer Society, Vermont
  • Tina Zuk, Government Relations Director VT, American Heart Association
9:30 AM

House Floor

Debate lengthy--for the rest of the morning

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FY2017 Governor's Proposed State Budget

Budget memo

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
3:00 PM

No Committee Meetings Scheduled

Please Note: The Legislature is not is session next week, which is Town Meeting week.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

No Committee Meetings Scheduled

The General Assembly is on break for the week of Town Meeting.


Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

11:00 AM

H.812 - An act relating to implementing an all-payer model and oversight of accountable care organizations

11:00 or after the Floor. New bill draft.

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

H.620 - An act relating to health insurance and Medicaid coverage for contraceptives

  • Ashley Berliner, Director of Medicaid Policy and Planning, Agency of Human Services
  • Cary Brown, Executive Director, Vermont Commission on Women
  • Donna Burkett, Medical Director, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Meagan Gallagher, CEO, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
  • Erica Gibson, Adolescent Medicine Division and Vt. Child Health Improvement Project, UVM Medical Center
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Rep. Ann Pugh, Sponsor
  • Stephanie Winters, Operations Director, American Academy of Pediatrics, Vermont Chapter
4:30 PM

H.866 - An act relating to prescription drug manufacturer cost transparency

Or 4:45 PM. Brief discussion.

  • Rep. Douglas Gage
  • Rep. Christopher Pearson

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.812 - An act relating to implementing an all-payer model and oversight of accountable care organizations

Testimony re new draft.

  • Susan Barrett, JD, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Peter Cobb, Director, VNAs of Vermont
  • Patrick Flood, CEO, Northern Counties Health Care
  • Devon Green, Special Counsel for Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • John Michael Hall, Executive Director, Champlain Valley Area Agency on Aging
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • Victoria Loner, Deputy Director, OneCare Vermont
  • Julie Tessler, Director, Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services
  • Sharon Winn, Director, Vermont Public Policy, Bi-State Primary Care, Community Health Accountable Care LLC (CHAC)
11:00 AM

Vermont Health Connect

  • Cassandra Gekas, Director of Operations, Vermont Health Connect
  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Sean Sheehan, Director of Education and Outreach, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

2:00 PM

No Committee Meeting Scheduled

3:00 PM

H.812 - An act relating to implementing an all-payer model and oversight of accountable care organizations

Committee discussion, regarding morning testimony

  • Susan Barrett, JD, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
3:30 PM

H.812 - An act relating to implementing an all-payer model and oversight of accountable care organizations

Committee discussion

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
4:00 PM

H.559 - An act relating to an exemption from licensure for visiting team physicians

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nathan Endres, Sports Medicine, Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Center, UVM Medical Center
  • David Herlihy, Executive Director, Vermont Board of Medical Practice
  • Rep. Joan G. Lenes, Bill Sponsor
  • Madeleine Mongan, Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society

Thursday, March 10, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.620 - An act relating to health insurance and Medicaid coverage for contraceptives

Committee discussion

  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
10:00 AM

H.690 - An act relating to the practice of acupuncture by health care professionals acting within their scope of practice.

Committee discussion, maybe testimony.

  • Laura Cooley, Legislative Liaison, Vermont Acupuncture Association
  • Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
  • Rep. Anthony Klein, Bill Sponsor
  • BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
11:00 AM

No Committee Meeting Scheduled

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

2:30 PM

H.812 - An act relating to implementing an all-payer model and oversight of accountable care organizations

Mark-up and discussion; vote

  • Susan Barrett, JD, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
4:10 PM

H.559 - An act relating to an exemption from licensure for visiting team physicians

Mark-up and vote

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Friday, March 11, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.690 - An act relating to the practice of acupuncture by health care professionals acting within their scope of practice.

Mark-up and vote.

  • David Herlihy, Executive Director, Vermont Board of Medical Practice
  • BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:30 AM

House Floor

11:15 AM

H.866 - An act relating to prescription drug manufacturer cost transparency

Committee discussion of draft language re Rx drug cost transparency.

  • Susan Barrett, JD, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Andrew MacLean, Lobbyist, MMR
12:20 PM

Lunch

1:15 PM

H.620 - An act relating to health insurance and Medicaid coverage for contraceptives

Markup; vote

  • Anne Burmeister, Lobbyist, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
2:45 PM

H.866 - An act relating to prescription drug manufacturer cost transparency

Mark-up and vote on Committee bill

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Includes H.559, exemption from licensure for visiting team physicians

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

3:15 PM

Green Mountain Care Board

Brief update on "Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual".

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:45 PM

H.620 - An act relating to health insurance and Medicaid coverage for contraceptives

Update.

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Green Mountain Care Board

Impact of 'Gobeille vs Liberty Mutual'; & update on All-Payer Model.

  • Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board
10:30 AM

Vermont Health Connect

Update

  • Cassandra Gekas, Director of Operations, Vermont Health Connect
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Sean Sheehan, Director of Education and Outreach, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
  • Justin Tease, Director of Implementation, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

Expected to last all afternoon.
Includes H. 690 The practice of acupuncture by physicians and osteopaths; H. 812 Consumer protections for accountable care organizations


Thursday, March 17, 2016
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Mental Health Advocacy Day

  • Laurie Emerson, Executive Director, NAMI VT
  • Mary Moulton, Executive Director, Washington County Mental Health Services
9:45 AM

H.620 - An act relating to health insurance and Medicaid coverage for contraceptives

Testimony re religious exemption.

  • Carrie Handy, Respect Life Coordinator, Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington
10:15 AM

H.812 - An act relating to implementing an all-payer model and oversight of accountable care organizations

Amendments from Rep. Gage and Rep. Browning

  • Rep. Cynthia Browning
  • Rep. Douglas Gage
10:30 AM

Joint Assembly

Judicial Retention. House Floor.

11:30 AM

H.812 - An act relating to implementing an all-payer model and oversight of accountable care organizations

Amendments

  • Ena Backus, Deputy Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Rep. Cynthia Browning
  • Rep. Anne B. Donahue
  • Rep. Douglas Gage
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

Expected to last all afternoon


Friday, March 18, 2016
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Committee Discussion

Issues with several bills

9:30 AM

House Floor

Expected to continue all day

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor


Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

11:30 AM

H.620 - An act relating to health insurance and Medicaid coverage for contraceptives

Committee discussion

  • Bridget Asay, Solicitor General, Office of the Attorney General
  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

H.639 - An act relating to pulse oximetry to screen newborns for congenital heart defects

2:30-3:15

  • Tessa Daniels, Parent
  • Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Abigail Rogers, Director of Advocacy and Government Relations Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire, March of Dimes
  • Rep. George W. Till, Sponsor
  • Tina Zuk, Vermont Government Relations Director, American Heart Association
3:15 PM

Committee Discussion

3:30 PM

Budget Overview

H.875 An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government. House Chamber.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.214 - An act relating to large group insurance

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
9:40 AM

S.255 - An act relating to regulation of hospitals, health insurers, and managed care organizations

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
9:55 AM

S.215 - An act relating to the regulation of vision insurance plans

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

S.216 - An act relating to prescription drugs

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
10:30 AM

H.620 - An act relating to health insurance and Medicaid coverage for contraceptives

Discussion and update--Donahue draft amendment

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Anne B. Donahue
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
11:00 AM

H.866 - An act relating to prescription drug manufacturer cost transparency

  • Kathryn Becker Van Haste, Director of Health Policy, Senator Bernie Sanders
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

Afternoon and evening


Thursday, March 24, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.255 - An act relating to regulation of hospitals, health insurers, and managed care organizations

Walk-through

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel for Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • David Martini, Director of Health Insurance Policy, Director of External Appeals Program, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Madeleine Mongan, Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
  • Madeleine Mongan, Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
11:00 AM

H.620 - An act relating to health insurance and Medicaid coverage for contraceptives

Amendment

  • Rep. Janssen Willhoit, Sponsor
11:30 AM

H.873 - An act relating to making miscellaneous tax changes

Rep. Olson's amendment re ambulance

11:40 AM

H.875 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Rep. Olson's companion ambulance amendment

11:50 AM

H.875 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Rep. Gage amendment re funding a study of Vermont Health Connect

  • Rep. Douglas Gage
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

Afternoon and evening


Friday, March 25, 2016
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

TBA

9:30 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

No Committee Meeting Scheduled


Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Expected to go all day

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses


Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Meeting Details
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Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.866 - An act relating to prescription drug manufacturer cost transparency

  • James Love, Director, Knowledge Ecology International
  • John Murphy, Assistant General Counsel, PhRMA
10:30 AM

Vermont Health Connect

Update

  • Richard Boes, Commissioner, Department of Information & Innovation
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Sean Sheehan, Director of Education and Outreach, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

Expected to last rest of afternoon


Thursday, March 31, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:15 AM

H.866 - An act relating to prescription drug manufacturer cost transparency

  • Susan Barrett, JD, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Thomas Hall, Founder, Complementary and Alternative Medical Association of Vermont
  • Rep. James McCullough, Sponsor of Amendment
10:15 AM

Break

11:00 AM

H.866 - An act relating to prescription drug manufacturer cost transparency

  • Ritchard Engelhardt, State Director of Government Affairs, Northeastern and Western Regions, Biotechnology Innovation Organization
  • Leigh Purvis, Director of Health Services Research, AARP
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

3:00 PM

S.245 - An act relating to notice to patients of new health care provider affiliations

3:00 or after House Floor. Walk-through.

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office
  • Jason Williams, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, University of Vermont Medical Center
3:30 PM

S.256 - An act relating to extending the moratorium on home health agency certificates of need

Walk-through

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:45 PM

Committee Discussion and Planning


Friday, April 1, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

No Committee Meeting Scheduled

9:30 AM

House Floor

11:00 AM

S.216 - An act relating to prescription drugs

11:00 or after the Floor.

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel for Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Jill Sudhoff-Guerin, Government Relations Director, American Cancer Society, Vermont
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

S.255 - An act relating to regulation of hospitals, health insurers, and managed care organizations

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel for Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Floor expected to be long

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:15 PM

House Floor

4:15 PM

H.866 - An act relating to prescription drug manufacturer cost transparency

  • Steven Knievel, Coordinator, Global Access to Medicines Program, Public Citizen
  • Reshma Ramachandran MD MPP, Research Faculty, Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

H.866 - An act relating to prescription drug manufacturer cost transparency

  • Dagny Hoff, State Health Insurance Program Coordinator, Central Vermont Council on Aging
9:30 AM

S.214 - An act relating to large group insurance

Green Mountain Care Board report

  • Thomas Crompton, Program Management Specialist, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Rebecca Heinz, Associate General Counsel, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Judith Henkin Esq., General Counsel, Green Mountain Care Board
10:30 AM

Vermont Health Connect

Update

  • Richard Boes, Commissioner, State of Vermont
  • Cassandra Gekas, Director of Operations, Vermont Health Connect
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Dawn Schneiderman, Director, Audit and Anti-fraud Programs, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Sean Sheehan, Director of Education and Outreach, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

Floor expected to be long


Thursday, April 7, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.256 - An act relating to extending the moratorium on home health agency certificates of need

  • Susan Barrett, JD, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Peter Cobb, Director, VNAs of Vermont
  • Janet McCarthy, Executive Director, Franklin County Home Health Agency
10:00 AM

S.245 - An act relating to notice to patients of new health care provider affiliations

  • Sen. Tim Ashe, Bill Sponsor
  • Amy Cooper, Executive Director, Healthfirst, Inc.
11:00 AM

S.245 - An act relating to notice to patients of new health care provider affiliations

Hospital facility fees

  • Gisele Carbonneau, Director of Operations, Healthfirst, Inc.
  • Steven Costantino, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Jill Olson, Vice President of Policy & Legislative Affairs, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

Floor could be long


Friday, April 8, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.215 - An act relating to the regulation of vision insurance plans

  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • John Hollar, Lobbyist, National Association of Vision Care Plans
9:30 AM

House Floor

11:00 AM

S.215 - An act relating to the regulation of vision insurance plans

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • John Hollar, Lobbyist, National Association of Vision Care Plans
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

S.215 - An act relating to the regulation of vision insurance plans

  • Dean Barcelow, Doctor, Optometrists Association
  • Susan Donegan, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Aaron French, Deputy Commissioner,  Health Services and Managed Care, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Margaret Laggis, Lobbyist, America's Health Insurance Plans
  • Sen. Kevin Mullin, Bill Sponsor

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
10:00 AM

House Floor

Extended--includes H.870, Telecommunications

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

S.216 - An act relating to prescription drugs

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Margaret Laggis, Lobbyist, America's Health Insurance Plans
  • Marguerite Monet, Social Worker, AIDS Project of Southern Vermont
  • Wendy Morgan, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office
  • Sen. Kevin Mullin, Bill Sponsor
  • Brian Murphy, Pharmacy Program Director, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Sen. Michael Sirotkin

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.245 - An act relating to notice to patients of new health care provider affiliations

  • Susan Barrett, JD, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
  • Wendy Morgan, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office
  • Anthony Williams, MD, Central Vermont Medical Center, University of Vermont Health Network
  • Mark Yorra, MD, Central Vermont Medical Center, University of Vermont Health Network
11:00 AM

Vermont Health Connect

Update on security issues.

  • Richard Boes, Commissioner, Department of Information & Innovation
  • Cassandra Gekas, Director of Operations, Vermont Health Connect
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Glenn Schoonover, Chief information Security Officer, State of Vermont
  • Sean Sheehan, Director of Education and Outreach, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

2:30 PM

TBA

3:30 PM

S.107 - An act relating to the Agency of Health Care Administration

Joint with House Human Services Committee.
Room 10, 3:30-4:30 PM

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:15 AM

S.256 - An act relating to extending the moratorium on home health agency certificates of need

Committee discussion and vote

9:30 AM

S.214 - An act relating to large group insurance

Discussion

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel for Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
10:00 AM

S.215 - An act relating to the regulation of vision insurance plans

Discussion

10:15 AM

S.255 - An act relating to regulation of hospitals, health insurers, and managed care organizations

Discussion

11:00 AM

S.245 - An act relating to notice to patients of new health care provider affiliations

Continue with Senate bills in committee, including S.245

  • Jill Olson, Vice President of Policy & Legislative Affairs, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
  • Jason Williams, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, University of Vermont Medical Center
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

3:00 PM

S.214 - An act relating to large group insurance

Discussion and vote.

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:15 PM

Committee Discussion and Possible Mark-Up

Senate bills S.214, S.216, S.245 and S.255.
3:00-5:30 or 6:00 PM

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
3:30 PM

S.255 - An act relating to regulation of hospitals, health insurers, and managed care organizations

Amendments

  • Susan Barrett, JD, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • Jill Olson, Vice President of Policy & Legislative Affairs, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
5:00 PM

H.866 - An act relating to prescription drug manufacturer cost transparency

Rep. Pearson's proposed strike-all amendment

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Friday, April 15, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.215 - An act relating to the regulation of vision insurance plans

  • John Hollar, Lobbyist, National Association of Vision Care Plans
9:30 AM

House Floor

10:30 AM

S.255 - An act relating to regulation of hospitals, health insurers, and managed care organizations

Amendments.

11:00 AM

H.866 - An act relating to prescription drug manufacturer cost transparency

Strike-all amendment from Rep. Pearson.
Other witnesses TBA.

  • Margaret Laggis, Lobbyist, America's Health Insurance Plans
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

H.639 - An act relating to pulse oximetry to screen newborns for congenital heart defects

  • Katherine Bramhall, Licensed Midwife, Vermont Midwifery Association
1:30 PM

S.245 - An act relating to notice to patients of new health care provider affiliations

  • Steven Costantino, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access
1:45 PM

S.255 - An act relating to regulation of hospitals, health insurers, and managed care organizations

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Steven Costantino, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Rep. Anne B. Donahue, Sponsor of Amendment
  • Aaron French, Deputy Commissioner,  Health Services and Managed Care, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
2:15 PM

H.639 - An act relating to pulse oximetry to screen newborns for congenital heart defects

  • Harry Chen, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Health
  • Jill Olson, Vice President of Policy & Legislative Affairs, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
  • Tina Zuk, Vermont Government Relations Director, American Heart Association
2:45 PM

S.255 - An act relating to regulation of hospitals, health insurers, and managed care organizations

  • Jill Olson, Vice President of Policy & Legislative Affairs, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
3:00 PM

S.255 - An act relating to regulation of hospitals, health insurers, and managed care organizations

Aggregate vs. non-aggregated reporting, etc.

  • David Cassetty, General Counsel, Department of Financial Regulation
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • David Martini, Director of Health Insurance Policy, Director of External Appeals Program, Department of Financial Regulation

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.255 - An act relating to regulation of hospitals, health insurers, and managed care organizations

Discussion on amendments

  • Susan Barrett, JD, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
10:00 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

House Floor


Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.216 - An act relating to prescription drugs

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Nancy Hogue, Director of Pharmacy Services, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
9:45 AM

S.215 - An act relating to the regulation of vision insurance plans

Final markup and vote

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • David Martini, Director of Health Insurance Policy, Director of External Appeals Program, Department of Financial Regulation
10:30 AM

S.255 - An act relating to regulation of hospitals, health insurers, and managed care organizations

Final markup

  • Susan Barrett, JD, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • Jill Olson, Vice President of Policy & Legislative Affairs, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
  • Tom Simpatico, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Department of Vermont Health Access
12:00 PM

Lunch

12:55 PM

S.255 - An act relating to regulation of hospitals, health insurers, and managed care organizations

Vote.

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

House Floor

Expected to be lengthy


Thursday, April 21, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.216 - An act relating to prescription drugs

Including amendment re bronze plans. Discussion included H.866.

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel for Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare
  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • Virginia Renfrew, Lobbyist, AIDS Services Organizations and American Cancer Society
10:00 AM

H.866 - An act relating to prescription drug manufacturer cost transparency

Amendments, Bancroft and Donahue; vote to amend H.866 with Donahue amendment; then vote out H.866 as amended.

  • Rep. Robert Bancroft
  • Rep. Anne B. Donahue
11:00 AM

S.216 - An act relating to prescription drugs

Discussion, including 340B program

  • Devon Green, Special Counsel for Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Sharon Winn, Director, Vermont Public Policy, Bi-State Primary Care Association
11:30 AM

S.245 - An act relating to notice to patients of new health care provider affiliations

  • Jill Olson, Vice President of Policy & Legislative Affairs, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
11:35 AM

H.866 - An act relating to prescription drug manufacturer cost transparency

Rep. McCullough amendment re complementary and alternative medicine

11:40 AM

Vermont Household Health Insurance Survey

Discussion of possible new questions for survey

  • Rep. Douglas Gage
  • Rep. Mark Woodward
11:45 AM

H.559 - An act relating to an exemption from licensure for visiting team physicians

Senate message passed in Concurrence with proposal of amendment: Discussion, then vote to accept Senate changes.

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

2:15 PM

S.216 - An act relating to prescription drugs

Committee discussion.

  • Susan Barrett, JD, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Jill Olson, Vice President of Policy & Legislative Affairs, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Friday, April 22, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.216 - An act relating to prescription drugs

New draft; language re Rx cost disclosures; bronze plan language.
Final markup; possibly vote.

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Devon Green, Special Counsel for Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
9:30 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

FLOOR

2:40 PM

S.216 - An act relating to prescription drugs

Final markup and vote

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:45 AM

S.215 - An act relating to the regulation of vision insurance plans

Amendments from Rep. Paul Poirier and Rep. Sarah Buxton

  • Rep. Sarah E. Buxton
  • Rep. Paul N. Poirier
10:00 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Lunch and Caucuses

2:30 PM

House Floor

Continued


Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Committee Discussion

Status of Senate and House bills

  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
10:00 AM

S.245 - An act relating to notice to patients of new health care provider affiliations

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

S.215 - An act relating to the regulation of vision insurance plans

Amendments from Rep. Dame

  • Rep. Paul Dame
11:15 AM

H.690 - An act relating to the practice of acupuncture by health care professionals acting within their scope of practice.

Senate Proposal of Amendment

  • Gabriel Gilman, Counsel, Office of Professional Regulation, Secretary of State's Office
  • BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
11:45 AM

S.215 - An act relating to the regulation of vision insurance plans

Committee discussion

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor


Thursday, April 28, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

No Committee Meeting Scheduled

10:00 AM

H.690 - An act relating to the practice of acupuncture by health care professionals acting within their scope of practice.

Senate Proposal of Amendment, committee discussion

  • Gabriel Gilman, Counsel, Office of Professional Regulation, Secretary of State's Office
  • Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
  • BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
11:30 AM

H.812 - An act relating to implementing an all-payer model and oversight of accountable care organizations

Discussion of bill as discussed in Senate Appropriations

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

H.812 - An act relating to implementing an all-payer model and oversight of accountable care organizations

More Committee discussion

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
2:45 PM

H.812 - An act relating to implementing an all-payer model and oversight of accountable care organizations

Committee discussion

  • Ena Backus, Deputy Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Susan Barrett, JD, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Trinka Kerr, Chief Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Advocate
  • Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Georgia Maheras, Project Director, Vermont Health Care Innovation Project
  • Madeleine Mongan, Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society
  • Jessica Oski, Lobbyist, Healthfirst, Inc.
  • Julie Tessler, Director, Vermont Care Partners
  • Sharon Winn, Director, Vermont Public Policy, Bi-State Primary Care Association

Friday, April 29, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

No Committee Meeting

9:30 AM

House Floor

State House Singers

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

House Floor

Extended.
Committee may not meet to review H.812 and vote on S.245.

2:20 PM

S.245 - An act relating to notice to patients of new health care provider affiliations

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

H.812 - An act relating to implementing an all-payer model and oversight of accountable care organizations

Nutrition sections

  • David Englander, Senior Policy and Legal Advisor, Vermont Department of Health
2:50 PM

H.875 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Language on Vermont Health Connect

  • Dan Smith, Consultant, P & C Software Services, LLC

Monday, May 2, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
1:00 PM

H.812 - An act relating to implementing an all-payer model and oversight of accountable care organizations

Committee discussion, Sec. 11, AHS contracts

  • Selina Hickman, Policy Director, Agency of Human Services
  • Julie Tessler, Director, Vermont Care Partners
1:20 PM

S.245 - An act relating to notice to patients of new health care provider affiliations

Questions re sections 3 and 4, in version As Passed by Senate.

  • Susan Barrett, JD, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board
  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Steven Costantino, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Jason Williams, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, University of Vermont Medical Center
1:30 PM

H.875 - An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government

Vermont Health Connect, study language; and other sections

  • Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Dan Smith, Consultant, P & C Software Services, LLC
2:00 PM

House Floor


Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

S.245 - An act relating to notice to patients of new health care provider affiliations

Rep. Pearson Amendment, Dr. 1.3, re Sections 3 and 4. Markup and vote.

  • Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council
  • Rep. Christopher Pearson
9:30 AM

House Floor

7:30 PM

S.216 - An act relating to prescription drugs

[Committee of Conference]


Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:00 AM

Vermont Health Connect

Update

  • Cassandra Gekas, Director of Operations, Vermont Health Connect
  • Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration
  • Sean Sheehan, Director of Education and Outreach, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
9:30 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

S.216 - An act relating to prescription drugs

[Committee of Conference--tentative]

4:30 PM

S.216 - An act relating to prescription drugs

[Committee of Conference]


Thursday, May 5, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
8:00 AM

S.215 - An act relating to the regulation of vision insurance plans

[Committee of Conference. Room 17, S H&W]

8:45 AM

S.215 - An act relating to the regulation of vision insurance plans

[Committee of Conference]

9:00 AM

S.216 - An act relating to prescription drugs

[Committee of Conference. Room 45]

9:30 AM

House Floor

10:00 AM

S.215 - An act relating to the regulation of vision insurance plans

[Committee of Conference]

10:30 AM

S.216 - An act relating to prescription drugs

[Committee of Conference]

1:00 PM

S.215 - An act relating to the regulation of vision insurance plans

[Committee of Conference]

9:00 PM

S.216 - An act relating to prescription drugs

[Committee of Conference]


Friday, May 6, 2016
Meeting Details
Hearing Type
Standard
Meeting Record
9:30 AM

House Floor

12:00 PM

Committee Discussion

1:00 PM

House Floor