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Lots of buzz about health care in Vermont

March 28, 2011 | Burlington Free Press

With passage of a health reform bill by the Vermont House last week, the spotlight turns to the Senate.

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee is already gathering public comments on the health care legislation offered by Gov. Peter Shumlin through a series of hearings.

The committee invited business representatives to its first hearing. This week's hearing is for consumers. It's scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in the House Chamber.

The final hearing on April 7 will be for health care providers.

Meanwhile, Vermont Interfaith Action hosts an event Tuesday entitled, "Vermont Single Payer and the Federal Government: Taking Action to Reform Health Care." It starts at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Church in Montpelier.

The discussion will focus on how the national Affordable Care Act affects Vermonters and how the single-payer system proposed by Gov. Peter Shumlin would work.

Christie Hager, regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the staff of the Vermont Congressional delegation will discuss how the federal government can assist Vermont in bringing about health care reform.

The event will include testimony by Vermonters about problems they have faced.

Vermont Interfaith Action is a coalition of 11 congregations in Burlington and central Vermont working for social justice.