Health Care Package Shrinks Again
VT Digger April 21,2015
A House health care package has been pared down again as lawmakers careen toward adjournment. In all, lawmakers plan to raise $12 million for a health care bill that has languished in House Appropriations for several weeks.
What started out as Gov. Peter Shumlin’s grand plan to help poor Vermonters get better access to hospitals and physicians has shrunk over the past four months to an attempt to shore up a weakened primary care system and provide subsidies to low-income Vermonters.
Shumlin proposed a $90 million payroll tax that would have increased Medicaid reimbursements to health care providers by 20 percent. The governor has said too many Vermonters receiving Medicaid benefits are turned away because the reimbursement rate is too low.
But the House rejected the governor’s proposal. Instead, lawmakers have proposed scaled down versions of the package. First the funding proposal was $52 million, then it was bargained down to $22 million.
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Obama Devotes Earth Day Speech to Climate Change
USA Today April 22,2015
President Obama marks Earth Day on Wednesday by traveling to the Florida Everglades to promote his climate change agenda.
Obama is looking to "add some momentum and energy to the ongoing political debate about climate change," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest..
With Congress controlled by Republicans who oppose much of his environmental agenda, Obama is also expected to discuss the executive actions he has taken, including efforts to restrict carbon pollution and to promote wind and solar power.
The speech highlights a week actions devoted to climate change, built around the celebration of Earth Day
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