We are two weeks into the session and the building is buzzing with a lot of new people. I'm sure you've heard that close to 50% of the members of the House have been representatives less than 2 years. That means week 2, for most committees, has been one of review. I'm happy to announce that I am again serving on the Health Care Committee. This year with the additional responsibility of Ranking Member. Although there is no formal job description, it means I will assist the Chair and Vice Chair with the planning and direction of the committee, chair the meeting if both are absent, and be unofficial mentor to new members. The Health Care Committee has 5 new members so our 2nd week included Health Care 101, the History of Health Care Reform in Vermont, Green Mountain Care Board overview and Agency of Human Services Overview. New to all members this week was the results review of the Vermont Household Health Insurance Survey. This survey is conducted via phone every few years (maybe you were included) and provides data that is valuable when drafting health care policy. We also had a presentation from Professor Jessica Holmes, Ph.D, Economics Professor, Middlebury College on Health Care Economics. The health care sector is unique - meaning it doesn't have the same features common of most economic markets - and therefore doesn't follow the same economic theories of most markets. This presentation highlighted those differences:
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