Previous Special Public Comment Periods

July 2020

  • The Board accepted public comment on the Vermont Small and Individual Group 2021 rate filings between May 11, 2020 and July 23, 2020 at 11:59 PM. 
  • The Board accepted public comment from July 15, 2020 until July 31, 2020 on hospital sustainability planning. The presentation given to the Board on July 15, 2020 can be seen here, the draft framework can be seen here, and the draft tables can be seen here.

June 2020

  • The Board accepted public comment from June 4, 2020 until June 16, 2020 on the FY21 ACO Budget Guidance.
  • The Board accepted public comment from June 2, 2020 until June 15, 2020 on VITL's FY21 budget. The presentation from VITL can be seen here.

May 2020

  • The Board accepted public comment through May 26, 2020 at 10:00 am on the updated draft FY21 Hospital Budget Guidance. The Draft Appendix 1 Verifications Under Oath Forms for COVID Guidance can be seen here.
  • The Board accepted public comment, from May 12, 2020 until May 19, 2020 at 10:00 am, on the draft FY21 Hospital Budget Guidance
  • The Board accepted public comment through Monday, May 4, 2020 at 8:00am on the Northwestern Medical Center 2020 Budget Amendment Request. The request can be seen here under the April 29, 2020 10AM meeting, the presentation from the GMCB staff can be seen here, and the presentation from Northwestern Medical Center can be seen here.

April 2020

  • The Board accepted public comment through Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 5pm on the BCBSVT 2021 Non-Standard Plan Designs. The presentation for April 22, 2020 can be seen here, the benefit proposal can be seen here, and the GMCB evaluation criteria can be seen here. The Board also accepted verbal public comment (via call-in number or Skype) at the Board Meeting on April 22, 2020.
  • The Board accepted public comment from April 1, 2020 through April 7, 2020, on the subject of whether to issue one or more time-limited waivers of the need to obtain a certificate of need for new health care projects related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the Board asked for comment on what types of projects should be granted a waiver and the appropriate duration of any such waiver.

March 2020

  • March 11, 2020 through March 23, 2020, the Board accepted public comment on the FY 2021 Hospital Budget Guidance. The presentation on the guidance can be seen here and the draft guidance can be seen here
  • February 26, 2020 through March 11, 2020, the Board accepted public comment on the hospital sustainability planning. The presentation to the Board can be seen here and the sustainability plan framework can be seen here
  • February 26, 2020 through March 10, 2020, the Board accepted public comment on the proposed technical changes to the All-Payer Model Agreement. The presentation on the technical changes can be seen here, the memo can be seen here, the draft appendix 1 can be seen here, and the draft appendix 3 can be seen here.

February 2020

  • January 29, 2020 through February 3, 2020, the Board accepted public comment on the Non-Standard QHP Design Approval Process & 2021 Evaluation Criteria. The proposed approval process can be seen here, the proposed evaluation criteria can be seen here, and the presentation can be seen here.
  • January 22, 2020 through February 2, 2020, the Board accepted public comment on the revised 2019-2020 HIE Plan, effective March 1, 2020. The Health Information Strategic Plan Version 2 can be seen here.
  • January 22, 2020 through February 2, 2020, the Board accepted public comment on the adjusted VITL FY 2020 budget. The VITL presentation on the updated budget can be seen here.

January 2020

December 2019

November 2019

  • November 4, 2019 through November 15, 2019, the Board accepted public comment on the 2019-2020 Vermont Health Information Exchange (HIE) Strategic Plan, including the Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE) Connectivity Criteria. The plan submitted by the Department of Vermont Health Access is posted here on the GMCB website.

September 2019

  • The Board accepted public comment on the GMCB General Advisory Committee Charter. The charter and other materials are posted here under the September 4, 2019 Board meeting. 

August 2019

  • August 28, 2019 through September 3, 2019 EOB, the Board accepted public comment regarding the FY 2020 Hospital Budgets.

July 2019 

  • May 13, 2019 through July 24, 2019 the Board accepted public comment regarding the 2020 Proposed Vermont Health Connect Filing Rates. Please click here to be directed to the Vermont Rate Review website.

June 2019 

June 5, 2019 through COB June 17, 2019 the Board had a special comment period regarding the FY2020 ACO Budget Guidance.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 through Monday, June 3, 2019 at 12:00 pm the Board had a special comment period open on the proposed FY20 VITL Budget. The proposal can be found here. No public comments were submitted to the Board. 

April 2019 

April 17, 2019 through April 29, 2019 the Board accepted public comment regarding the Green Mountain Surgery Center CON (GMCB-010-15con). All corresponding documents can be found here

April 5, 2019 through April 16, 2019 the Board had a special comment public comment regarding Springfield Hospital's FY2019 Budget Order Amendment Request. Springfield Hospital's request was sent to the Board on March 27, 2019 is posted here and other corresponding documents are posted here under Springfield Hospital. 

March 2019 

March 13, 2019 through March 22, 2019 the Board had a special comment period open on the FY2020 Hospital Budget Guidance Draft. Corresponding documents are posted here on the 2019 Board meeting information page, below March 13, 2019. The updated FY2020 Hospital Budget Guidance Draft is posted here

The Board had a special comment period regarding OneCare Vermont's 2018 Budget Order Amendment Request from Wednesday, February 27, 2019 through March 6, 2019. All corresponding documents relating to OneCare's request can be found here under the February 27, 2019 Board meeting date. 

The Board had a special comment period relating to FY 2020 Draft GMCB Hospital Budget Guidance from February 20, 2019 through March 6, 2019. Corresponding documents are posted under the February 20, 2019 Board meeting date here

February 2019

2020 Standard Qualified Health Plan Design Proposal 

The Board had a special public comment period open relating to the 2020 Standard Qualified Health Plan Design Proposal from February 20, 2019 through February 26, 2019. Corresponding documents are posted under the February 20, 2019 Board meeting date here

January 2019

2019 ACO Certification 

  • Wednesday, January 9, 2019 through Thursday, January 17, 2019 the Board had a special comment period open on the 2019 ACO Certification Review. The corresponding documents can be found here under the January 9, 2019 Board meeting. There were no public comments submitted to the Board. 

November 2018 

Vermont's Health Information Exchange Strategic Plan for 2018-2019

  • Thursday, November 1, 2018 through November 15, 2018 the Board had a special comment period open on the Vermont Health Information Exchange Strategic Plan for 2018-2019. The plan can be found here.

October 2018

  • Monday, October 8, 2018 through Friday, December 14, 2018 the Board had a special comment period open on the OneCare Vermont FY19 ACO budget. The budget and corresponding documents can be found here. Comments submitted to the Board realting to the OneCare Vermont FY19 ACO budget can be found here

July 2018

Proposed Measures for 2019 Medicare ACO Program

  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018 through July 6, 2018 the Board had a public comment period open on the proposed measures for the 2019 Medicare ACO Program. The proposed measures were presented at the June 27th, 2018 meeting and the information is posted here.
  • From July 11, 2018 through July 22, 2018, the Board had a special public comment period open on the 2019 Medicare ACO Initiative Operational Modifications. The proposal was presented at the July 11, 2018 board meeting. For more information, please click here.
  • From July 18, 2018 through July 27, 2018, the Board had a special public comment period open on the new ACO certification statutory criteria. The comment period was mentioned at the July 18, 2018 board meeting. For more information and materials, please click here. Public comments relating to ACO certification statutory criteria are here

June 2018

2019 Accountable Care Organization Budget Guidance and Reporting Requirements

  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018 through June 30, 2018 the Board had a special comment period open on the draft 2019 Accountable Care Organization Budget Guidance and reporting requirements. The draft guidance was presented at the June 13th, 2018 Board meeting and materials are posted here

  • HCA Public Comment

May 2018

VITL FY19 Budget and Work Plan Submission 

  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018 through May 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm the Board had a special public comment period open on the proposed FY19 VITL Budget and Work Plan Submission. The proposal can be found here and GMCB's presentation/recommendation from May 9 can be found here

April 2018

2017 Hospital Budget Enforcement

  • Wednesday, April 4, 2018 through April 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm the Board had a special comment period open on the 2017 Hospital Budget Enforcement. No public comments were submitted.  

March 2018

GMCB FY19 Hospital Budget Draft Guidance

February 2018

Data Governance Council - Charter Change Proposal

  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018 through February 28, 2018, the Board had a special public comment period open on the poposed charter change to the Data Governance Council. The proposal can be found here.
  • VPQHC Public Comment
  • HCA Public Comment

July 2017

Additional Vermont Health Connect Insurance Rate Public Comment

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (Docket No. GMCB-015-16con)

The Green Mountain Care Board accepted public comment through July 20, 2017 on SVMC Dental Home CON application.

Rule 5.000: Oversight of Accountable Care Organizations

The Green Mountain Care Board held a public hearing on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. to receive public comments on the proposed rule. The hearing was held at the Board’s offices on the second floor of the City Center Building at 89 Main Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05620-3601.  The Board accepted public comments on the Proposed Rule 5.000 through July 14, 2017. Comments were directed to Michael Barber, Associate General Counsel at michael.barber@vermont.gov, or (802) 828-1741.

May 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017 through Friday, May 19, 2017, stakeholders were invited to submit final feedback and comment on the SIM Sustainability Plan and the Population Health Plan. Participants should feel free to contact Georgia Maheras (georgia.maheras@vermont.gov) or Sarah Kinsler (sarah.kinsler@vermont.gov) to provide written or verbal comments; all comments were due by Friday, May 19, 2017.

April 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017 until 10 days after the close of the Hearing, the Board had a special public comment period open on the Green Mountain Surgery Center Certificate of Need Application.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 through Tuesday, April 25, 2017, the Board had a special public comment period open on the ACO Budget Guidance and Annual Reporting.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 through Tuesday, April 11, 2017, the Board had a special public comment period open on Vermont's Certificates of Need law as administered by the Green Mountain Care Board.

March 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017 through Tuesday, March 28, 2017, the Board had a special public comment period open on the following documents:

Thursday, March 30, 2017 through Tuesday, April 11, 2017, the Board had a special public comment period open on the following documents:

February 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017 through Monday, February 6, 2017, the Board had a special public comment period open on the proposed 2018 Standard Qualified Health Plans:

December 2016

Thursday, December 15, 2016 through Tuesday, December 20, 2016, the Board had a special public comment period open on the following Documents:

October 2016

The Board opened a special public comment on the Vermont All-Payer Accountable Care Organization Model DRAFT Agreement until 12:00 pm on Friday, October 21, 2016.

November 2015

At its November 5, 2015 meeting, the Board opened a public comment period for the ACO Year 3 Standards with proposed revisions until Monday, November 16, 2015 at 4:30 pm

October 2015

At the GMCB Board Meeting on October 22, 2015, the Board opened up a public comment period on the Certificates of Need for the Northwestern Medical Center until November 2, 2015 at 4:30 pm. The CON related to: Renovation/Construction of Single Occupancy Rooms and Centralized Registration, Docket No., GMCB-022-14con and Construction of New Medical Office Building, Doccket No., GMCB-0024-14con.

September 2015

The Green Mountain Care Board accepted public comment on FY 2016 hospital budgets until 12 noon on September 9, 2015.

July 2015

The Green Mountain Care Board accepted public comment on the technical corrections to the Commercial ACO Pilot Standards until 4:30 pm on July 21, 2015.

June 2015

The Public comment for the Self Evaluation of Vermont’s State Innovation Model Grant was from Thursday, June 11, 2915 to Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 12:00pm.

May 2015

At the GMCB Board Meeting on May 19, 2015, the Board opened up a public comment period on the Certificate of Need Hearing: University of Vermont Medical Center Inpatient Bed Replacement Project until May 29, 2015 at 4:30pm.

April 2015

The Data Governance Council was contemplating the removal of Medicare supplemental eligibility data from the scope of VHCURES data collection. GMCB invited the public to provide comment on this potential decision. (See explanation below)

Through the Vermont Health Care Uniform Reporting and Evaluation System (VHCURES), GMCB collects health insurance claims data on Vermont residents as mandated in state law. The data that is available to GMCB and approved data users does not include names or other direct identifiers of individuals using covered health care services. The VHCURES data is used to analyze health care spending, utilization and the performance of the health care system that provides services to Vermonters. Currently, the bulk of VHCURES includes data for comprehensive major medical insurance coverage through private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare. VHCURES also includes data from commercial insurers for Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D prescription drugs, and limited information on Medicare Supplement that covers some expenses not covered by Medicare and other insurance. VHCURES only collects enrollment data for Medicare Supplemental insurance policies, but does not collect Medicare Supplement claims data. The limited information in partial collection of Medicare supplement enrollment data has offered no known analytic value or usefulness. The Data Governance Council is contemplating the removal of Medicare supplemental eligibility data from the scope of VHCURES data collection. GMCB invites the public to provide comment on this potential decision.

March 2015

At the GMCB Board Meeting on March 5th, 2015, the Board opened up a public comment period on the proposed changes to 2016 Qualified Health Plans on Vermont Health Connect until March 10th at 12noon.

February 2015

At the GMCB Board Meeting on February 26th, 2015, the Board opened up a public comment period on the Certificate of Need Hearing: Green Mountain at Fox Run- Attuned Eating and Living Centers, LLC until March 9th, 2015 at 4:30pm.

At the GMCB Board Meeting on February 26th, 2015, the Board opened  a public comment period on the Data Governance Council Charter until March 4th, 2015 at 2:00pm. 

January 2015

At the GMCB Board Meeting on December 18th, 2014 the Board opened up a public comment period on the Data Governance Council’s Data Stewardship Principles and Policies until January 6, 2015 at 4:30pm.

October 2014

Changes to The Quality and Performance Measures for Vermont's ACO Shared Savings Programs

The Green Mountain Care Board opened a public comment on the proposed moratorium on changes to the quality and performance measures for year 3 of Vermont’s ACO shared savings programs. The comment period was from Thursday, October 23 through Monday, December 1 at 4:30pm.”

GMCB Statement Regarding Year 3 ACO Commercial Shared Savings Quality and Performance Measures

The Green Mountain Care Board  considered a hiatus on adding or promoting quality and performance measures for Year 3 (Calendar Year 2016) of the ACO Commercial Shared Savings Program. The Board requested that the VHCIP Quality and Performance Measures Work Group, Steering Committee, and Core Team also consider this proposal, which is based on a desire to provide stability and predictability to the program. It will also allow the GMCB a chance to review and evaluate year 1 and 2 results of the ACO Commercial Shared Savings Program.

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