MVP, Vermont Managed Care collaborate on ‘Vermont First’

first_imgMVP Health Care,MVP Health Care and Vermont Managed Care have entered into an innovative partnership to provide Vermont residents with “Vermont First,” a unique approach to deliver high quality care through a Vermont focused network of providers.Under the partnership, Vermont Managed Care (VMC) and its network of high-quality health care providers have more control, share more data and partner with a prominent regional insurer, MVP Health Care.”Vermont First represents the future of health care through an innovative partnership that aligns the interests of MVP Health Care with providers for the benefit of Vermont’s consumers,” said David Henderson, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of MVP Health Care. “Only through such ‘win-win’ relationships will we rise to the challenge of true health care reform that lowers cost and enhances quality.””By combining MVP’s emphasis on wellness and our focus on high quality care, we have put together a program which will offer our patients the best of all worlds,” said Todd Moore, president, Vermont Managed Care. “Most importantly, our patients will get great care at great prices in Vermont.”Bill Little, MVP’s Vermont Vice President, added that his company worked closely with Vermont Managed Care to develop the range of choices, which include four distinct plans that include an HMO-style plan, two high deductible options and a hybrid choice.”To offer Vermont residents and employers competitive pricing, we developed a partnership that includes robust care coordination by VMC with an eye toward leveraging local health care resources which in turn helps control costs,” Little said.Moore, of Vermont Managed Care, added: “The most important attributes of Vermont First are simply that members will get access to care supported by a network of providers willing to be more accountable and coordinated in service to plan members throughout the state at a competitive price. It’s really the best of all worlds.”About MVP Health CareFounded in 1983, MVP Health Care is a community-focused, not-for-profit health insurer serving members in the states of New York, Vermont and New Hampshire. Through its operating subsidiaries, MVP Health Care provides fully insured and self-funded employer health benefits plans, dental insurance, and ancillary products, such as flexible-spending accounts, to more than 700,000 subscribers. For more information, visit: www.mvphealthcare.com(link is external).About Vermont Managed CareVermont Managed Care (VMC) was founded in 1991 as a Physician Hospital Organization. A wholly owned subsidiary of Fletcher Allen, it currently coordinates the delivery of health care services for a population served by a network of more than over 2,700 primary and specialty care providers and 10 hospitals in Vermont and New Hampshire. The VMC Network conducts its own care management, enabling the physician-run network to make day-to-day health care decisions for its patients, rather than a distant third party claims manager. BURLINGTON, VT–(Marketwire – November 22, 2011) –last_img read more

Beto O’Rourke, in Iowa campaign swing, addresses flood concerns

first_imgCARROLL — Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke officially launched his presidential campaign last weekend and he’s in Iowa now for a string of campaign appearances.A tavern in Carroll opened early Thursday morning for his first event of the day.“I am getting the feeling, 19 or 20 days into this race, that the people of Iowa take this very seriously,” O’Rourke said, drawing applause from the crowd.O’Rourke began by talking about the flooding in western Iowa.“From infrastructure that was not invested in, from climate change that is taking its toll, from a government that cannot yet pass full disaster relief funding,” O’Rourke said. “And, even if they do, it looks like it will not make up for the stored grain that has been damaged and spoiled in these floods.”O’Rourke said some of those farmers had stored grain, hoping to sell it later after the Trump Administration settles its trade disputes with China.“Rural America does not need handouts…It doesn’t need anybody’s sympathy or pity. It needs a partner,” O’Rourke said. “It needs a partner in the investment in infrastructure along the banks of the Missouri River.”Lynne Genter of Rockwell City, who intends to review the records of all the Democratic candidates, drove to Carroll to see O’Rourke.“I want a candidate that frankly will defend Iowa’s motto: ‘Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain,’” she said. “In today’s atmosphere, I think our rights are slowly being taken away.”Genter asked O’Rourke about the abortion issue and O’Rourke said he will try to expand “common ground” about women’s health care, but O’Rourke said there are “perverse, unintended consequences” when a woman’s right to choose is restricted. He cited the closure of more than a quarter of the family planning clinics in Texas.O’Rourke spoke at Morningside College in Sioux City last night. He’s scheduled to make stops today in Storm Lake, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown and Grinnell.’last_img read more