Press release from BISHCA regarding public healthcare hearings

“Vermonters around the state will get a chance to comment directly to the Commissioner of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration (BISHCA) about the proposed annual budgets of their local hospitals. On August 4 the Vermont Health Care Administration, a division of BISHCA, will hold a public hearing from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM to hear comment about the fourteen hospital budgets now under review by the Administration.

BISHCA Commissioner Steve Kimbell and Acting Deputy Commissioner Mike Davis will lead the hearing at the Vermont Department of Labor, 5 Green Mountain Drive in Montpelier. For the convenience of Vermonters around the state, ten additional sites will provide an interactive video link-up to the hearing:

Bennington – Senior Citizen’s Service Center, 124 Pleasant Street

Brattleboro – Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd, Room 125

Lyndonville – 1001 College Road, Lyndon State College

Middlebury – 51 Charles Ave, Hannaford Career Center, 2nd Floor

Newport – North Country Union High School, 209 Veterans Ave.

Rutland – 8 Stratton Road, Stafford Technical Center, Room 108

Springfield – 307 South Street, Howard Dean Education Center, 2nd Floor

St. Albans – Bellows Free Academy-St. Albans, 4 Hospital Drive

WRJ – Community College of Vermont, 145 Billings Farm Road

Williston – Blair Park, 451 Lawrence Place

To help interested parties prepare for the hearing, BISHCA will post on its website copies of the hospitals’ budget summaries as well as copies of each hospital’s budget narrative. The website will allow posting of comments for review by BISHCA, and these comments can be read on the site by the public.”