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2014 Vermont Legislative Session Recap

In Vermont, we are going to stand up for all of our citizens, particularly women, and ensure that they can continue to make their healthcare decisions with their providers.”

—Governor Peter Shumlin at the bill signing for S. 317, an act relating to repealing the unconstitutional Vermont statutes related to abortion providers.

May 15, 2014 – Many thanks to all of the legislators, activists, volunteers and community champions for  your support during the 2013-2014 Legislative Biennium.  Working with a diverse coalition of legislators and organizations both inside and outside the legislature, we successfully passed laws promoting sound public health policy , protected access to reproductive health care, and knocked down barriers to equality and fairness.

Nationally, the last few years have seen an unprecedented amount of attacks on women’s health with legislators in 38 states introducing over 303 provisions seeking to limit women’s access to health care. In Vermont, we demonstrated that legislation can be passed protecting rather than restricting access to essential health care.

This wouldn’t be possible without strong champions in the legislature and activists from across the state actively mobilizing to make it clear that we will not turn back the clock on health care and women’s rights.

In 2013, the first year of the biennium, we  passed legislation expanding treatment options for sexually transmitted diseases through the expansion of expedited partner therapy, secured funding for telemedicine pilots to help more Vermonters access health care and were a part of the coalition behind Equal Pay legislation.

S.88, an act relating to telemedicine outside of a health care facility, designates pilot funds in the  State Innovation Model (SIM)  grant to be directed towards developing telemedicine technology  so health care is more accessible and traditional barriers like lack of transportation do not hinder one’s access to their medical provider.

Also in 2013, working with the Alliance for a Clean & Healthy Vermont and the Professional Firefighters of Vermont, we helped pass  legislation banning the use of chlorinated tris, a toxic and ineffective flame retardant, from consumer products.

In 2014, we hit the ground running.

Key highlights include:

S. 317 – an act relating to repealing the unconstitutional Vermont statutes related to the performance of abortions. PASSED –  Joined by Planned Parenthood staff and supporters, Speaker Shap Smith, Attorney General Bill Sorrell, and key legislators, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law  S. 317, a bill repealing unconstitutional abortion statutes. Passed unanimously in the Vermont House and Senate, the bill removes an outdated and unconstitutional criminal statute from the Vermont Constitution. Special thanks to Senator Tim Ashe of Chittenden County for his leadership on this effort.  Read more here – http://www.mychamplainvalley.com/story/d/story/unconstitutional-abortion-law-finally-repealed/10141/dowRaWNtnUq2xzjzpUaYCg

Medicaid Reimbursement Increase-  PASSED. Provides important funding for Vermont’s Medicaid providers. In 2013, PPNNE had over 4,000 Vermont Medicaid patients. Governor Peter Shumlin had  proposed a 3% Medicaid reimbursement increase in his budget and the final result of Senate-House Budget Conference Committee was 1.6%.  This is necessary funding for ensuring that safety-net providers like PPNNE and providers across the state have the resources they need to provide care to all Vermonters. Read more here – http://digital.vpr.net/post/house-senate-reach-deal-55-billion-budget.

S. 239 – an act relating to the regulation of toxic substances – PASSED.  This is a landmark effort to ensure all Vermonters are protected from harmful chemicals present in consumer products. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine have recently issued a joint statement urging health care professionals to advocate for government policy changes to identify and reduce exposure to toxic environmental agents.

As a trusted health care provider to thousands of Vermonters, and through our Good Chemistry program,  we strongly supported this legislation and are diligently working year-round to educate Vermonters on the relationship between the environment and reproductive health. Read more here –  http://digital.vpr.net/post/toxics-bill-resurrected-after-snafus-nearly-spell-doom

Level Funding of the Access Plan ProgramPASSED. Access Plan is free family planning services for uninsured and under-insured Vermonters. Set to be level-funded in state budget. Over 10,000 patients have enrolled in Access Plan and the program serves as a vital entry point to health care coverage. Learn more about Access Plan here- http://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-northern-new-england/for-patients/special-programs/access-plan/

Our legislative priorities are driven by our mission is to provide, promote, and protect access to reproductive health care and sexuality education so that all people can make voluntary choices about their reproductive and sexual health. 


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