With potentially tough pension and contract fights ahead for state employees, VSEA’s Organizing Department sent an email to members recently, asking you to take a couple of minutes to update your contact information.
From the email:
“When we get news of a new proposal that could affect your life and livelihood, we count on a swift response from our members to bring about positive change. While the recent success is something to be proud of, we need to be even more effective and nimble to win this fight during the 2022 legislative session. At this time, one of the biggest obstacles the union faces is inaccurate or incomplete contact information from members. If the contact information VSEA has for you is incorrect, you are likely missing out on critically important information, and cannot lend your voice in solidarity with your fellow members.”
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Seven Days posted a story recently about State Auditor Doug Hoffer releasing a new report that found VT OneCare is costing state taxpayers more to administer than it is actually saving them.
From the post:
Vermont’s Auditor is again taking aim at the steep costs of the state’s all-payer health care system, raising thorny financial questions as policymakers ponder a new five-year contract with OneCare Vermont.
“Put simply, at this time the financial costs to run the model significantly exceed any Medicaid savings attributed to it,” Hoffer writes in a 41-page report released Monday.
[Hoffer] issued a report last year that stressed the need for the Green Mountain Care Board to be clear how it would evaluate the costs and saving of OneCare, but the board has yet to establish a methodology for doing so, he wrote.“
If now is too soon, then when exactly are Vermonters entitled to call the question on whether their money-saving investments are actually going to save them money? Next year? In five years? Ten? Twenty?” Hoffer writes.
Note: VSEA members will recall that the Scott Administration unilaterally decided in February that State Employee Health Plan members were going to now be attributed to the OneCare, beginning January 2021. At the time, VSEA called for public testimony on the All-Payer Model (the ACO), prior to the State entering into 2021 negotiations with CMS to extend the term of the APM agreement.
On Saturday, July 10, VSEA is hosting a “Day In The Park” for members and their families to enjoy one of six Vermont state parks, including:
- Elmore State Park – Morrisville;
- Boulder Beach State Park – Lake Groton;
- Camp Plymouth State Park – Plymouth;
- Emerald Lake State Park – Dorset;
- Molly Stark State Park – Wilmington; and
- Sand Bar State Park – Milton
At each of the parks listed, VSEA Chapters will be providing members and their families with free park entry, plus free food and beverages. The park day is meant to be a small thank you to VSEA members for your hard work during this especially difficult past year.
Learn More Or Register Here!
Another Opportunity To Have A Seat At The Table!
One Of The Best Ways To Get Involved In Your Union Is To Run For Election To The VSEA Board!
VSEA is now accepting petitions for the following Officer positions:
First Vice President;
Second Vice President;
Any member in good standing can run for an Officer position.
Learn more or download petitions here.