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Urgent! Public Comments Needed

Posted March 28, 2016

Please join the VAHC in submitting comments to the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB).

The UVM Medical Center and Central Vermont Medical Center, recognizing the significant need that exists in our communities for mental health services, alleviating addiction, and more affordable housing, have proposed to use a portion of its excess revenue to invest in programs that improve the health and well-being of low-income Vermonters. They propose doing this by making strategic investments in community partners and coalition members such as Washington County Mental Health, Howard Center, and Champlain Housing Trust. Here’s a VTDigger article for more information: http://vtdigger.org/2016/03/24/uvm-hospitals-offer-15m-of-excess-revenue-for-public-benefit

The Green Mountain Care Board must approve this plan. The Coalition encourages its members to weigh-in to support these investments – while many are calling for the hospitals to simply pay back insurers and the State for the excess revenue, that would do nothing to improve health or reduce health care costs. The GMCB is accepting comments through 12pm this Wednesday, 3/30 at this site: http://gmcboard.vermont.gov/public_comment (under “Topic” select Hospital Budgets). Your comments will help secure a significant investment in housing and community health. Please comment today!

Many thanks for your help!