Green Mountain Care Board seeks public input May 29

The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) invites the public to two events in Burlington on Thursday, May 29: a “traveling board meeting” with brief presentations from Vermont health leaders from 1 to 4pm, and a public forum on health insurance rates from 6 to 7:30pm.

Both events will be held at the First Congregational Church at 38 South Winooski Avenue in Burlington. Public questions and comments are encouraged.

The traveling board meeting will feature several Vermont health leaders discussing topics of interest in the Burlington area:

The role of Vermont’s academic health center, with John Brumsted, M.D., president and CEO, Fletcher Allen Health Care; Frederick Morin, M.D., dean, University of Vermont (UVM) College of Medicine; and Patricia Prelock, Ph.D., dean, UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Community health centers, with Jack Donnelly, CEO, Community Health Centers of Burlington.

Community mental health and substance abuse services, with Todd Centybear, executive director, HowardCenter.

Home care and end-of-life care, with Judy Peterson, RN, president and CEO, Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties.

The health insurance rate forum will focus on understanding the cost of health insurance and on efforts to contain the growth in insurance rates – which the GMCB regulates. The forum will feature a panel of Vermont leaders in insurance, hospitals, and consumer advocacy:

  • Kevin Goddard, vice president of external affairs and sales, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont.
  • Susan Gretkowski, senior government relations strategist, MVP Health Care.
  • Peter Sterling, executive director, Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security.
  • Lila Richardson, staff attorney, Office of Health Care Advocate.
  • Michael Del Trecco, vice president of finance, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems.

The GMCB is an independent state agency charged with regulating Vermont’s health system; evaluating the health and financial impacts of health reform; and promoting innovations to make health care affordable and to improve Vermonters’ health.

“Vermont’s Legislature created the GMCB with transparency and public involvement in mind,” said Al Gobeille, chair of the GMCB. “We have designed these two events to encourage public participation, and we hope people in the Burlington area take the time to get involved.”

For more information on the meeting, call the Green Mountain Care Board at 828-2177.