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Preventing the onset of disease is the most effective, humane, least costly and safest approach

”Prevention is better than cure”
First, do no harm
Hippocrates of Kos

Primary prevention is the prevention of the onset of disease. It is the most effective, humane, least costly and safest approach to maintaining the health and prosperity of Vermonters.

Prevent the onset of disease and witness plummeting costs

The Complementary and Alternative Association of Vermont’s House Bill H.501 is in committee.(CAMaVT.org)

H.501 requires insurance to cover evidence-based services that improve health and reduce medical expenses. This includes Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).

H.501, 2015

An act relating to coverage for complementary and alternative health care services
Introduced by Representative McCullough of Williston
Subject: Health; health insurance; Medicaid; prevention
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require health insurance plans, including Medicaid, to provide coverage for all health care services, including complementary and alternative treatments, if at least two studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals find such services to be safe, to be directly related to statistically significant improvements in individuals’ health status, and to reduce associated medical costs.
(TEXT OMITTED IN SHORT-FORM BILLS)

Prevention, wellness and balance form the foundation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. It includes Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Massage, Medical Doctors practicing integrated medicine and the Transcendental Meditation® program (TM®) (TM.org). These approaches to health and wellness are supported by years of research to determine their efficacy.

Also see:

28% reduction in medical expenses. A 100% return investment in the Transcendental Meditation technique

Thomas Hall, BSEE, MS Nutrition and Biochemistry
Citizen Advocate, Evidence-based prevention of the onset of diseaseFounder, Complementary and Alternative Medical Association of Vermont www.CAMaVT.org
Member, Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) Advisory Committee www.gmcboard.vermont.gov/advisory_groups
Burlington, VT
802-999-1651
ThomasHall@CAMaVT.org

 

Prevent the onset of disease and witness plummeting costs

 

“Preventing is better than treating”
Hippocrates of Kos (460 – 377 BC) 1

It is medically necessary to prevent the onset of disease

Vermont House Bill H.501 was submitted by Rep. Jim McCullough. It requires insurance to cover evidenced-based health services, including Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which improve health and reduce medical expenses.

It is more humane and less costly to prevent the onset of disease than to treat after suffering has begun.  Effective programs with solid research and endorsements are now available to support prevention-based integrative health care.

One example of a prevention-oriented and evidence-based health care service is the Transcendental Meditation® (TM®) technique (TM.org).  Scientific research studies verify that the TM technique dissolves stress, prevents the onset of disease 5 and reduces disease in all major categories 6. The addition of this powerful tool would make a primary care physician’s treatments more effective by dissolving stress.

Research findings:

  • 55% reduction of medical expenses for adults 7 and 70% for the elderly 8.
  • 48% reduction in heart attacks, strokes and death 9
    • A 9 year randomized control study
    • One of the studies funded by $26 million in grants by the National Institute of Health (NIH) to study the TM program’s ability to mitigate heart disease.
  • The TM technique has been adopted by Norwich University 10 and the Bennington School 11.  Additionally, a demonstration project was successfully conducted in Vermont prisons 12.

TM technique is easy to learn and enjoyable to practice, and is not a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle. Over six million people have learned it — people of all ages, cultures, educational backgrounds, and religions.

References:

  1. Preventing is better than treating- Hippocrates
  2. Representative Jim McCullough
  3. Edwards Smith MD
  4. Thomas Hall
  5. TM technique prevents the onset of disease Avert the danger that has not yet come
  6. Reduces disease in all major categories.
  7. 55% reductions of medical expenses for adults American Journal of Health Promotion 1996; Vol. 10, No. 3, p. 208–216.
  8. 70% reductions of medical expenses for the elderly American Journal of Health Promotion 2000; 14:284–291.
  9. 48% reduction in heart attacks, strokes and death Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. 2012; 5: 750-758
  10. Platoons of meditating Cadets outperform all other platoons at Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont (5 min Video)
  11. Significant reduction in teacher burnout at The Bennington School, Bennington, Vermont The Permanente Journal
  12. Reduced inmate stresses and tensions resulting in fewer disciplinary infractions in several Vermont prisons Vermont Transcendental Meditation Correctional Program, 1983, J Offender Rehab 36 (1-4), 2003.

 

 

Modern Hippocratic Oath

 I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humility and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

Written in 1964 by Louis Lasagna, Academic Dean of the School of Medicine at Tufts University, and used in many medical schools today.

 

The Potential Primary Prevention Pioneering UVM Medical Center

Public Comment
The Potential Primary Prevention Pioneering
UVM Medical Center Certificate of Need
By the Complementary and Alternative Association of Vermont
May 29, 2015

“Preventing is better than treating”
Hippocrates of Kos (460 – 377 BC) 1

“When primary prevention becomes the first course of action
Health care becomes health care
Not acute late stage disease care.”
Dr. John Hagelin 2

Members of the Complementary and Alternative Association of Vermont (CAMaVT) (CAMaVT.org) thank the Green Mountain Care Board, your staff, the UVM Medical Center and concerned citizens for their  dedication to improving the lives of Vermonters.

We appreciate the Board’s and UVMMC’s transparency and seeking input from the public.

We commend UVMMC for their progress towards improving the health and prosperity of Vermonters.  They are continuing to develop, augment and implement a holistic and balanced plan to integrate evidence-based conventional, alternative and primary

The UVM Medical Center (UVMMC) could further lead the nation by emphasizing Hippocrates’ teaching that a physician’s first course of action is to prevent the onset of disease [Primary Prevention] and reduce costs.  Spending a few percent of their new building investment would start the process.

The goal of CAMaVT is to bring together all health care providers and the public to harmoniously create a holistic integrated  health care system.

The Problem

 

Americans spend a mere 3% of their health care dollars on disease prevention and 97% on medical care. This is totally out of balance. The potential savings from increased funding of disease prevention is 70% and 4% for medical care 4.

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Solution

The solution to rising ill health and health care costs is increased funding of and support for primary prevention, primary care physicians, public health and population health.

It is more humane and less costly to prevent the onset of disease than to treat after suffering has begun.  Effective programs with solid research and endorsements are now available to support prevention-based health care.

We are pleased that UVMMC’s plans include:

  1. Increasing funding for prevention and therefore reaping a good Return On Investment (ROI)
  2. Making evidence-based alternative services readily available to patients and primary care physicians.
  3. Providing continuing education for physicians enabling them to suggest evidence-based alternative services that prevent the onset of disease and reverse the progression of the illnesses.
  4. Funding Payment Reform Pilots on alternative health services.

Scientific Research

Prevention, wellness and balance form the foundation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. It includes Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Medical Doctors practicing integrated medicine and the Transcendental Meditation® program (TM®) (TM.org). These approaches to health and wellness are supported by years of research to determine their efficacy.

CAMaVT encourages continuing research by all health care modalities.

We request the the GMCB to take testimony on scientific research on various CAM modalities.

This is one example:

The Transcendental Meditation® (TM®) technique (TM.org) is a prevention-oriented and evidence-based health care service.  Scientific research studies verify that the TM technique dissolves stress, prevents the onset of disease 5and reduces disease in all major categories 6. This powerful tool would make a primary care physician’s treatments more effective.

A TM Payment Reform Pilot is one recommendation. The purpose of the pilot is to demonstrate and evaluate that teaching the TM technique to consistently high cost   people will improve their health and decrease associated medical expenses.

The costs for the pilot are recouped in less than a year.  The Return On Investment is 100%.

A sample of over 450 scientific research peer-reviewed studies is:

1          28% reduction in medical expenses for consistent high cost people 7:

a          High cost people learning the TM technique yields the most immediate results and the highest Return On Investment

b          100% Return On Investment.  The one time course fee is recouped in less than a year and the savings continue to grow thereafter without additional costs

c          The highest spending 10% in the general population incurred 60% to 70% of total medical expenditures annually 8

2          55% reduction of medical expenses for adults 9 and 70% for the elderly 10.

3          48% reduction in heart attacks, strokes and death 11

a          A 9 year randomized control study

b          One of the studies funded by $25 million in grants by the National Institute of Health (NIH) to study the TM program’s ability to mitigate heart disease.

4          The American Heart Association, in a review of all research available on various meditation techniques, concluded that alternative treatments that include the Transcendental Meditation technique are recommended for consideration in treatment plans for all individuals with blood pressure >120/80 mm Hg. Other meditation techniques are not recommended in clinical practice to lower BP at this time 12.

These are highlights of research conducted in Vermont and endorsements of the TM technique:

1          Platoons of meditating Cadets outperform all other platoons at Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont 13 (5 min Video)

2          Significant reduction in teacher burnout at the Bennington School, Bennington, Vermont 14

3          Reduced inmate stresses and tensions resulting in fewer disciplinary infractions in several Vermont prisons 15

References are appended.

The TM technique,  taught by a non-profit organization, is a simple, natural technique practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed.  It is easy to learn and enjoyable to practice, and is not a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle. Over six million people have learned it — people of all ages, cultures, educational backgrounds, and religions.

Please take our suggestions into account when considering approving this CON.

Thomas Hall, BSEE, MS Nutrition and Biochemistry
President, Complementary and Alternative Medical Association of Vermont
Founder and President, Complementary and Alternative Medical Association of Vermont

Peter M. Bingham MD, Professor, Neurological Sciences
UVM Medical Center

Edwards Smith
Retired MD

Rep. Jim McCullough
Chittenden-2, Williston

Heather Rice, DC
Chiropractor at Wellspring Chiropractic Lifestyle Center

Brendan Kelly M. Ac., L. Ac.
Acupuncturist at Jade Mountain Wellness

Bill Schenck, DC
Chiropractor at Vizuri Health Center

Dr. Robert Herron PhD, MBA
Director, Center for Health Systems Analysis
Dr. Janet Smith
Educator

Hans Raum
Retired Librarian, Middlebury College

Shirley Boncheff, MBA
Educator

Martha Loving Orgain, MFA
Thinking with the Heart -Light Darkness and Color in Painting Therapy
Living Arts Director,
Living Well Group
Ethan Allen Residence
Living Well Care Home

Andrew Jackson, MS
Internet Strategy Management
Sensible Strategies Consulting, www.sensible-strategies.com

 

Contact:
Thomas Hall, BSEE, MS Nutrition and Biochemistry
resident and Founder of the Complementary and Alternative Medical Association of Vermont
Member of the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) Advisory Committee,
Burlington, VT
802-999-1651
ThomasHall@CAMaVT.org
www.CAMaVT.org
www.gmcboard.vermont.gov/advisory_groups

References:
Preventing is better than treating” Hippocrates 1

  1. Dr. Hagelin, Director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy, Fairfield, Iowa and International Director of the Global Union of Scientists for Peace
  2. The potential savings from increased funding of disease prevention is 70% and 4% for medical care
    Data Sources: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services: Healthy People 2010: Understanding and Improving Health, Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 2000. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, An Ounce of Prevention….What are the Returns? 2nd edition, Atlanta, GA: Dept. of Health and Human Services, 1999. Healthy People 2000: National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives, Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1990.
  3. Americans spend a mere 3% of their health care dollars on disease prevention and 97% on medical care. NEW KNOWLEDGE FOR NEW RESULTS , Robert Herron, Page 116:
  4. TM technique prevents the onset of disease Avert the danger that has not yet come
  5. Reduces disease in all major categories.
  6. 28% reduction in medical expenses for consistent  high cost people:  American Journal of Health Promotion, 2011; 26(1): 56–60
  7. 60% to 70% of health care dollars are spent on high cost people An Innovative Way to Reduce Medicare and Medicaid Expenses  
  8. 55% reductions of medical expenses for adults American Journal of Health Promotion 1996; Vol. 10, No. 3, p. 208–216.
  9. 70% reductions of medical expenses for the elderly American Journal of Health Promotion 2000; 14:284–291.

10. 48% reduction in heart attacks, strokes and death Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. 2012; 5: 750-758

11. The American Heart Association recommends the TM technique (Hypertension.2013;61:00-00) (Summary)

12. Platoons of meditating Cadets outperform all other platoons at Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont (5 min Video)

13. Significant reduction in teacher burnout at The Bennington School, Bennington, Vermont The Permanente Journal

14. Reduced inmate stresses and tensions resulting in fewer disciplinary infractions in several Vermont prisons Vermont Transcendental Meditation Correctional Program, 1983, J Offender Rehab 36 (1-4), 2003.

28% reduction in medical expenses. 100% return on health investment in the Transcendental Meditation technique

I will prevent disease whenever I can,
for prevention is preferable to cure.
Modern Hippocratic Oath

It is medically necessary to prevent the onset of disease

Since 10% of the population account for 70% of all health care dollars providing prevention-oriented services to these individuals will have the largest impact on saving our health care dollars. Research on the Transcendental Meditation® (TM®) (TM.org) technique has documented a 28% reduction in medical expenses for persistent high cost people with a 100% return investment.

The savings from teaching Medicare patients will reduce the budget deficit problem.

The American Medical Association has noted that stress is the basic cause of more than 60 percent of all human illness and disease

 Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique (TM.org) is a prevention-oriented and evidence-based health care service. More than 380 peer-reviewed research studies on the TM technique have been published in over 160 scientific journals. They verify that the TM technique dissolves stress, prevents the onset of disease and reduces disease in all major categories. The addition of this powerful tool would make a primary care physician’s treatments more effective. It not only manages stress it effectively dissolves stress.

Two other studies reported a 55% reduction of medical expenses for adults and 70% for the elderly (American Journal of Health Promotion 2000; 14:284–291).

The one time cost of teaching the TM technique to persistent high cost patients is recouped in the first year. Savings continue to accumulate thereafter.  Declining health care expenditures would result if a sufficient number of individuals choose to learn the TM technique.

Vermont House Bill H.501 was submitted by Rep. Jim McCullough. (Jim’s purpose) It requires insurance to cover evidence-based services that improve health and reduce medical expenses. This includes Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).

For more background and research please see:

Preventing the onset of disease is the most effective, humane, least costly and safest approach

Prevent the onset of disease and witness plummeting costs

 

 

The Transcendental Meditation® technique Improves health and reduces medical expenses

More than 350 peer-reviewed research studies on the TM® technique have been published in more than 160 scientific journals during the past 40 years. These studies were conducted at more than 200 universities and research centers, including Harvard Medical School, Stanford Medical School, Yale Medical School, UCLA Medical School, and Medical College of Georgia. Most commonly cited studies.

  • American Heart Association (AHA)  “TM may be considered in clinical practice”

          In June 2013, the American Heart Association published its Scientific Statement on alternative approaches to lowering blood pressure. The AHA’s statement concluded that among meditation and relaxation techniques, the overall evidence from meta-analyses and randomized trials indicates that Transcendental Meditation lowers BP and may be considered in clinical practice – while “other meditation techniques are not recommended in clinical practice to lower BP (1, 2).

  • 48% Reduction in Hearts, Attack, Strokes and Death.

In November 2012, Robert Schneider, MD, FACC and colleagues published the results of a 10 year NIH-sponsored clinical trial on stress reduction with meditation in coronary heart disease (CHD) patients. The results showed 48% in hard clinical endpoints of death, MI and stroke. Simultaneously, there were reductions in blood pressure and psychological stress (3, 4)

  • 28% reduction in doctors’ bills over five years for persistent high-cost people. The TM Technique – The Biggest Reducer of High Health Care Costs

          The largest and quickest reductions in medical costs could be achieved by providing the TM program to consistent high-cost people with multiple chronic diseases. The Chart 1 shows a 28% reduction in doctors’ bills over five years from baseline for persistent high-cost people who practiced the TM technique (5).

HIGH CO=ST

Chart 1- reduced medical expenses

  • 90% of refugees with PTSD became non-symptomatic within 30 days

          A random/matched study on Congolese refugees with high levels of PTSD showed that 90% of the group that started with high levels of PTSD became non-symptomatic within 30 days of learning TM. The non-TM control group with a similar level of symptoms showed no change during the entire 135 day study (6).

A follow up study showed that refugees with a similar high level of PTSD showed clinically significant reductions even within 10 days of practice

Chart 2- Reductions in PTS SymptomsChart 2 Reductions in PTS Symptoms

  • Successful Vermont TM Projects

Cadets, faculty and staff at Norwich University

Video (5 min) Meditation Improves Performance at Military University

Article Ancient practice of meditation gives busy students a quiet edge

Bennington School

The Permanente Journal Effect of Transcendental Meditation on Employee Stress, Depression, and Burnout: A Randomized Controlled Study

Rutland Community Correctional Center

Vermont Transcendental Meditation Correctional Program, 1983

REFERENCES

1)   (Hypertension.2013;61:00-00.)  AHA Scientific Statement: Beyond Medications and Diet: Alternative Approaches to Lowering Blood Pressure

2)   Wall Street Journal New American Heart Association Report Informs Doctors that Transcendental Meditation(R) Lowers Blood Pressure

3)   Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes Meditation may reduce death, heart attack and stroke in heart patients

4)   Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. 2012; 5: 750-758 Stress Reduction in the Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

5)  American Journal of Health Promotion 2011; 26(1): 56–60. Changes in Physician Costs Among High-Cost Transcendental Meditation Practitioners Compared With High-Cost Nonpractitioners Over 5 Years

6)   Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26, 295–298, 2013, Transcendental Meditation Significantly Reduces Posttraumatic Stress in African Refugees,      ScienceNewsline article,

7)   Journal of Traumatic Stress, 27, 112–115, 2014,  Significant Reductions in Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Congolese Refugees Within 10 days of Transcendental Meditation Practice,    Press release and videos 2014

 

Why CAM Providers Support House Bill H.12

  • Insurance does not treat licensed CAM and conventional provides equally.
  • Licensed CAM providers generally are paid less for their services and not all services are covered even though some are evidence-based.
  • Other CAM providers are not compensated for their services including their evidence-based ones.
  • Vermont can take a step towards the integration of CAM and conventional medicine by passing Vermont House Bill H.12.
  • H.12 requires insurance to cover evidence-based services that improve health and reduce medical expenses.
  • I believe that H.12 is a no brainier:

Rational

          By starting from where the system is now i.e. in a scientific age, H.12 takes the health care system in the direction we want to go that is improved the health and prosperity of all Vermonters.  This bill will open the door for insurance coverage of all CAM.  If we are persistent in leading from multiple angles, we will overcome the entranced resistance to change.

  • The text of the one sentence short form bill:

Vermont House Bill H.12

AN ACT RELATING TO COVERAGE of

COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE SERVICES:

Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to require health insurance plans, including Medicaid, to provide coverage for all health care services, including complementary and alternative treatments, if at least two studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals find such services to be safe, to be directly related to statistically significant improvements in individuals’ health status, and to reduce associated medical costs.

For more background see:

How to pay for single-payer? —With savings from prevention–Vermont House Bill H.12

Taking Action to improve the health and prosperity of all Vermonters

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Complementary and Alternative
Medical Association
of Vermont
www.CAMaVT.org
A grassroots organization promoting heath and prosperity

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“We all know there’s huge savings in preventative care”
“Vermont is too small to fail”

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin

The grassroots Complementary and Alternative Medical Association of Vermont (www.CAMaVT.org) invites you and all interested to join us working together to achieve our mutual goals.  Together we can turn our failed health care system right side up by keeping Vermonters healthy through wellness and healing, preventing the birth of disease and the integration of Alternative and Conventional health care service.

CAMaVT is growing rapidly over the last two months.  There are two dozen who have offered their support and/or expressed their desire to attend our meetings.  They include conventional and alternative health practitioners representing a dozen healing modalities.  About half have been able to attend our Seeking Common Ground meetings.

We decided at the April 1 meeting that we will now focus on action items and meet on 2nd and 4th Mondays.  See minutes of the meeting.  You can see a list of possibilities in the ambitious proposed agenda for the April 1 .

  CAMaVT Action Meeting
Monday April 22,  7 PM to 8:30 PM

 Vizuri Health Center
205 Cornerstone Drive
Williston, VT 05495

 vizurihealth.com/
Click here for driving directions.

802-999-1651

 RSVP or Register to connect by phone ThomasHall@CAMaVT.org

  We invite you to submit your suggestions to be included in the next meeting’s agenda. For example I suggest that we approach the House Health Care Committee and the Green Mountain Care Board to:

1) Offer our assistance and support in achieving the goal of Act 48 to improve the health and prosperity of all Vermonters

2) Suggest solutions to our future health care system

3) Give testimony on health insurance coverage of evidence-based prevention utilizing the most appropriate conventional and complementary therapies and services. 

The approaches we will present are projected to lower costs by keeping Vermonters healthy through wellness and prevention programs and the integration of Complementary, Alternative and Conventional health care services.

Unfortunately due to technical difficulties I was unable to connect the April 4th meeting to the conference call until 7:10 PM  and was unable to record the meeting.  I think the bugs have been worked out for the next meeting.

To RSVP, submit your suggestions or obtain instructions on connecting to the meeting by conference call and how to access archived meetings contact ThomasHall@CAMaVT.org or 802-999-1651.

In Health
Thomas

CAMaVT MINUTES APRIL 1, 2013

CAMaVT MEETING MINUTES
Seeking Common Ground
APRIL 1, 2013

Attendees:
Thomas Hall, Martha Loving, Bill Schenck, Megan Waite and Sallie Mack

Thomas Hall  moderated and presented a proposed  agenda.

 Introductions and background of attendees:

Martha Loving; Art Therapist
Megan Waite; PT and health coach
Bill Schenck: Chiropractor
Sallie Mack; Homeopath, Lyme and tick borne illness specialist
Thomas Hall; MS Nutrition and Biochemistry, Co-founder of CAMaVT and Mountain Care Board Advisory Committee Member.

 The meeting was casual and conversations were varied

  • Lyme Bill and other health care issues facing us. 
  • Dr. Schenck shared with us the difficulty his practice had with BCBS of VT as he built a multidisciplinary practice.
  • Had a brief update on Act 48 that created the GMCB and the road map to Vermont’s single payer system.
  • What and who constitutes the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB). The Board consists of:  Anya Rader Wallack, Al Gobeille, Con Hogan, Allen Ramsey MD, Karen Hein MD.
  • GMCB Wellness and Primary Prevention Group

 It became obvious that there are many issues to tackle and we need a strategy to accomplish our goals.  Thomas suggested that as an “action item”, we contact his contact the GMCB and the House and Senate Health Care committees to set up meetings to offer our assistance in achieving the goals of Act 48 and to discuss our proposed solutions and the bills that we support.

 Next meeting, TBA, will focus on “action items”.

Respectfully submitted,
Sallie Mack

CAMaVT April 1, 2013 Proposed Agenda

 Seeking Common Ground
April 1, 2013
Proposed Agenda

1) Adopt the revise agenda

2) Volunteer for taking notes and/or minutes

3) Decide if meeting will be recorded and archived.  If so for public playback or password protected.

4) Short self-introductions.

5) General discussion of topics of interest

6) Action items some suggestions:

a) Growing our group

b) Initiatives

i) Networking/developing friendly relationships

1) Administration

2) Green Mountain Car Board

3) Legislature

4) Individuals

5) Organizations and associations

ii) Support Legislative Bills

1) H.0487     An act relating to chiropractic coverage in Medicaid

2) S.209 An act relating to naturopathic physicians

3) H.12, Insurance cover evidence-based prevention

4) See attached list of health related bills

5) GMO labeling

6) Ones we would like to introduce.

iii) Public support

iv) Press/media

7) Future Meetings

a) Frequency

b) Best day of the week, time and day of the month

c)Next one