Benefit Design Public Hearing and Listening Sessions



Spring 2012 the Agency of Administration and the Green Mountain Care Board are seeking input from the public on the benefits to be included in the design of a single payer system for Vermont.  To that end, there will be a public hearing and a series of listening sessions held over the next few months. 


Under Act 48 of 2011, the Shumlin Administration will recommend benefits to be included in the design of Green Mountain Care, the single payer system, as part of the financing plans to be considered by the legislature.  Approval of the Green Mountain Care Board also is required for the benefit recommendations.


The Public Hearing and all the Listening Sessions are accessible to people with disabilities.  For information or to request accommodations, call 802-828-2316 or 802-253-0195 VT Relay Service.  Please call one week before the event you plan to attend so we can best accommodate your needs.


Thank you for your participation!


A summary of the listening sessions is posted here:

Benefit Design in Green Mountain Care: Summary of the Spring 2012 Listening Sessions


Public Hearing


View Written testimony submitted for the Public Hearing

View Email testimony submitted for the Public Hearing


A recording of the public hearing may be viewed online at! (Recording is split into 2 parts)

Click HERE for Part 1.

Clikc HERE for Part 2.


The Administration and the Board will jointly host a public hearing on May 31st, 2012 from 3:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.  This hearing is open to the public but is targeted specifically to the healthcare provider and patient advocate community.  The hearing will be held using Vermont Interactive Technologies video-conferencing.  Individuals can attend the hearing at one of 11 sites around the state (see below).  It will begin with a brief presentation to be followed by public testimony.  If you are a healthcare provider or patient advocate we hope that you will join us on this date to share your perspective on benefit design and benefits that should be included in the single payer plan.


The public hearing will be held at the following VIT Studios.  Please visit the VIT Website for directions.

Bennington, Brattleboro, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Junction, Williston


Each individual wishing to speak will be given a set amount of time depending on attendance.  Please e-mail or call Marisa Melamed at 802-828-2316 to sign up in advance.  Those who sign up by May 24th will be given preference for the timeframe they would like to speak in. 


When you call or write please indicate:

1) Your name

2) The VIT site you plan to attend 

3) Your title or affiliation, if applicable; and

4) The best time for you to speak between 3:30 and 7:00 p.m. on May 31st.


You may also submit written testimony to  Please submit your testimony by May 31st.


Agency of Administration Listening Sessions

Additionally, the Agency of Administration will host six public listening sessions around the state to present information on benefit design options and gain input from the public through small group conversations.  The format will be similar to the format used for the financing listening sessions. The presentation will include information about current benefit design, the charge in Act 48 regarding benefits, and the process for designing the care and benefits provided by Green Mountain Care.  Participants will use the informational presentation and their own experiences to offer input on the potential impact of different benefit designs.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Click on the links below to view the presentation and small group exercises:


Small Group Exercises

*NEW* The Burlington Listening Session is online at CCTV!  Click here to watch online or view the schedule!


April 25:  Brattleboro, Marlboro College Grad Center, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

May 2:  Burlington, City Hall, Contois Auditorium, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

May 8:  Rutland, Rutland Library, Fox Room, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

June 7:  St. Johnsbury, Catamount Arts, 115 Eastern Ave, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

June 13:  Bennington, Firehouse, 130 River St, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

June 20:  White River Junction, Hartford High School, 37 Highland Ave, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.