• Senators scrap contentious surgical center bill

    • March 2018


    A Senate committee has dropped a controversial plan to regulate and tax Vermont’s independent surgical centers.

    After weeks of debate, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Thursday unanimously voted against S.278 and its proposed amendments.

    Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison and the committee’s chairwoman, had been a strong supporter of regulating surgical centers. But Ayer said it became clear that any decisions made this session would be premature.... 

  • Vermont's Only Pediatric Plastic Surgeon Donald Laub Gives Kids A Reason to Smile

    • Kids VT
    • January 2018

    Opal and Patrick Sutton are real-life wonders. Like fifth grader Auggie Pullman, the main character in the 2012 children's novel and recently released motion picture Wonder, Opal and Patrick were born with severe craniofacial anomalies. Both children, who are biologically unrelated, were abandoned as infants on the streets of China and defied overwhelming odds to survive.

    Opal was born with a large craniofacial nevus, or "mole gone wild," as her father, Doug Sutton, calls it. It covered 75 percent of her head and 25 percent of her face. The skin condition was so severe, Sutton notes, that the Chinese adoption agency removed her from the adoption rolls because no one had expressed an interest in taking her. That is, until Sutton and his wife, Heidi, both nurses at the University of Vermont Medical Center, saw her photo...

  • Working Americans are using less health care, but spending more

    • The Washington Post
    • January 2018

    Americans who get health insurance through their jobs are not using more medical care than they were five years ago, but they are spending more due to soaring medical prices, according to a new report.

    Health spending for the more than 150 million people who receive insurance through their employers was $5,407 per person in 2016. That is a 4.6 percent increase over 2015, even though people's use of almost every broad category of care dropped or stayed the same over a five-year period, according to a new analysis from the Health Care Cost Institute, a nonprofit funded by the insurance industry...



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