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Spotlight on Health Care

In November 2009, the House passed historic health care reform legislation. As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Welch incorporated several Vermont ideas into the legislation. Welch also successfully worked to require the federal government to negotiate prescription drug prices with pharmaceutical companies, allow young people through the age of 26 to remain on their parents’ health plans, and repeal the health insurance industry’s exemption from anti-trust regulations.

"Like most Vermonters, I believe affordable access to quality health care is a fundamental right of all Americans. My work on this critical issue – in Vermont and now in Congress – has long been guided by three principles: everybody must be covered, everybody must contribute based upon his or her ability to pay, and coverage need not be related to employment. I will continue to push for comprehensive reform of our heath care system to achieve quality, affordable care for all Vermonters and all Americans. And I will continue to bring Vermont’s values and successes in improving health care to the national stage."








Rep. Welch's Recent Work on Health Care

Announcement on New Medical Loss Ratio Regulations

November 22, 2010

New regulations issued today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) require health insurers to spend 80 to 85 percent of consumers' premiums on direct care for patients and efforts to improve care quality. This regulation, known as the "medical loss ratio" provision of the Affordable Care Act, will make the insurance marketplace more transparent and make it easier for consumers to purchase plans that provide better value for their money.

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Vt. Digger: "Vermont selected for federal health care project"

November 17, 2010

Vermont is one of eight states that has just been chosen to participate in a new federal health care demonstration project.

The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services has established an "innovation center," designed to encourage states to develop new ways of delivering and paying for health care under the Affordable Care Act just passed this year.

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Vermont Picked for Project to Improve Patient Care

November 16, 2010

Vermont was one of eight states selected today by the federal government for a Medicare demonstration project to improve health care by basing payments to doctors and hospitals on the quality of patient care instead of the quantity of care, the state's congressional delegation announced.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said, "Vermont's selection ensures that our state will continue to lead in finding the best ways to reduce costs ... Read More

Medicare Announces Quality Bonus Payment Demonstration For Medicare Health Plans

November 12, 2010

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made three significant announcements today: (1) updated star plan ratings for 2011 Medicare health and drug plans, (2) a 3-year demonstration to provide Medicare Advantage plans financial incentives to provide high-quality care, and (3) proposed regulations to implement several provisions of the Affordable Care Act to strengthen and improve the Medicare Advantage and Medicare prescription drug programs.

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VA Video Outreach Message Aimed at New Veterans

October 18, 2010

New TV Ad Encourages Veterans to Use Benefits


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is launching a new television advertisement encouraging Veterans to take full advantage of the VA benefits and services they have earned. The ad is one step in a robust outreach effort aimed at welcoming returning Servicemembers and easing their transition from military to Veteran status.

"VA is committed to reaching all Veterans to say 'thank yo... Read More

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