Activity in committees and on the house floor picked up this week. House bills that passed out included:
Wednesday was Mental Health Advocacy Day and in the health care committee we had various organizations provide testimony on what is happening in our communities. Mental health will be a continued focus of our committee this year with an emphasis on community based programs. On Friday we watched the movie "Faces of ACEs". I came away with a new understanding of how the trauma we experience as a youngster effects our adult life. We must integrate this learning in all health care discussions.
In the health care committee we ended the week hearing testimony from the Individual Mandate Working Group. In 2018 Act 182 established an individual mandate for Vermont residents to maintain minimum essential health insurance coverage beginning January 1, 2020. The act created a working group to develop recommendations regarding the administration and enforcement of an individual mandate. We will continue hearing from the working group on their recommendations to determine how we move forward to ensure the stability of the Vermont health care market.
Public Hearing has been set for Wednesday Feb 6th on H57 an act relating to preserving the right to abortion. In Vermont we follow Roe vs Wade but that law is not codified in state law. H57 will codify Roe Vs Wade into state law. This hearing will take place at the Statehouse from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. If you wish to provide testimony sign ups will begin at 4:00pm. We are expecting a large crowd so please arrive early.
As always, please reach out with questions, comments or concerns.