Northern New England PNHP Remote Summer Internship 2021
- Click here for information about our summer internship. We are not currently accepting new applications.
Resolution supporting a single payer, universal publicly-funded health care system, endorsed by the Vermont Medical Society on November 7, 2020
- Click here to read the resolution.
- Click here to read the press release.
- For inquiries regarding the resolution in support of a single payer, national health plan passed by the Vermont Medical Society, please contact Jane Katz Field, M.D. (email@example.com)
Sample resolutions supporting single payer universal health care and the Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act
- Links to three sample resolutions that included both H.R. 1384 (Medicare for All) and H.R. 6906 (Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act):
Press release endorsed by VT-PNHP with four allies in health care advocacy, denouncing Vermont’s monopoly ACO, OneCare, and calling on the state to end the contract, or at least not renew it in 2021
Board of Directors
- President: Betty Keller, M.D., firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vice President: Jane Katz Field, M.D., email@example.com
- Treasurer: Paul Millman
- Secretary: Ted Cody, M.D., firstname.lastname@example.org
- At Large: Marvin Malek, M.D., M.P.H., email@example.com
Recent activity of Vermont Physicians for a National Health Program
- Northern New England PNHP Summer Internship 2020: The VT chapter of PNHP, with Granite State PNHP, successfully transitioned to provide a remote internship this year. In addition to our NNE speakers and teachers, this opened up our capacity to allow medical students to interview Adam Gaffney, Ed Weisbart, Steve Kemble, Danielle Martin, and other experts from the U.S. and Canada, while still allowing discussions among themselves. In the past two summers, we have supervised interns from Louisiana, Arkansas, Florida, Oregon, North Carolina (in medical school in Alabama), Vermont, and Illinois (in medical school in Indiana). Donations for intern stipends are gratefully accepted. Please send checks stating “NNE PNHP Summer Internship” in the memo line to the national office, or use the PNHP donate button and indicate “NNE PNHP Summer Internship” in the “In honor/memoriam” section.
- Two of the interns, Ashwin Shetty of Louisiana State University and Brianna Mahnke of Indiana University, have given the Single Payer 101 talks they developed during the internship to students at their own schools as well as to a national audience through OPS Office Hours.
- Chapter Vice President Jane Katz Field led a 16-month effort engaging the Vermont Medical Society to support a resolution endorsing a single-payer national health program, which passed by an overwhelming majority at the VMS Annual Meeting on November 7, 2020. This is the second state medical society to pass a resolution in support of a single-payer national health program, and the first since Hawaii did so in 2009.
- September 2, by videoconference, members heard from Steve Kemble, PNHP member in Hawaii and Policy Work Group chair for One Payer States, regarding PNHP’s stance on ACOs, and then from Robin Lunge about Vermont’s only ACO, OneCare Vermont, which has not been meeting expectations in its contract with the State of Vermont and CMS, and is instead funneling money from health care services to administrative bloat. VT-PNHP co-signed a press release, along with Vermont Health Care for All, Vermont Workers’ Center, League of Women Voters of Vermont, and Justice for All, VT demanding that the state end its affiliation with OneCare Vermont, either by cancelling its agreement with the ACO or by letting it expire in 2022. See the press release here.
- September 30, Melinda St. Louis of Public Citizen spoke with members by videoconference about how to promote M4A resolutions to our town meetings, when gathering signatures for petitions is problematic in a pandemic. We also discussed our priorities regarding responding to the pandemic (H.R. 6906), supporting state efforts (H.R. 5010), and asking Sen. Sanders to align his M4A bill with the House bill (H.R. 1384), in addition to working on town resolutions and on the internship.
- VT-PNHP is gearing up to provide a remote experience for the internship again in the summer of 2021. We welcome donations for the student stipends and assistance in recruiting students. We are also glad to mentor chapters in starting up their own internships.
Betty Keller, M.D.
Phone: (802) 274-8180
Dr. Betty Keller trained at the University of Vermont College of Medicine (now Larner), and completed her residency at the University of Utah Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. She continued for one year as an adjunct faculty member while receiving additional obstetrical training and developing curriculum and logistics for University of Utah health professions students training in rural underserved areas, before returning to Vermont.
Her first-hand experience with the challenges facing families trying to advocate for adults with mental illness to receive insurance coverage for necessary care; her experience in rural health as a provider, a patient, and a family member; and her spiritual drive for health and justice for all have led her to explore health disparities and what more needs to be done to reduce disparities, in addition to achieving a publicly-funded health care system.
She is the current president of the Vermont chapter of PNHP; serves as chair of the Education and Advocacy Work Group for One Payer States; and facilitates meetings for the national League of Women Voters’ Health Care Reform Network.
Marvin Malek, M.D.
Phone: (802) 272-9271
Dr. Malek received his medical training at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, NY, residency training at Cook County Hospital, and has spent most of his career in community medicine, providing care to underserved populations. He is the recipient of a Kellogg Foundation grant which he used to to pursue advanced training in the field of health policy at Harvard School of Public Health.
He currently practices internal medicine at Central Vermont Hospital, where he provides medical consultation and intensive care to hospitalized patients.
Frustrated by the timidity of the legislation that was enacted in Vermont in 2006, he ran for Lieutenant Governor of Vermont that year and later for State Representative, hoping to work on the health care issue.
Marvin remains active on the issue of health reform. He has testified before the legislature and given talks around the state advocating for a more humane and affordable health care system.
Deb Richter, M.D.
Phone: (802) 224-9037
Dr. Richter practices in Montpelier, Vermont. She is a former President of PNHP. She has spoken extensively to both community and medical groups, is a frequent spokesperson in the print, TV, and radio media, and is active in coalition building on the need for universal access to health care.
Jason Kelley, M.D.
Dr. Jason Kelley is an internist at the White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Vermont where he serves as chief of the hospital medicine division. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and did residencies at the Harlem Hospital Center/Columbia University and at the University of Vermont. He is a professor emeritus from the University of Vermont and is currently a visiting professor at Dartmouth Medical School. From 2001 through 2010 he served as vice chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Louisville and chief of medicine at the Louisville VA Medical Center. He joined PNHP in 1992 and served as the Vermont chapter president from 1994-1997.
Information on Act 48 (H.202, not single payer, but “to get us as close to a single pipeline as federal law would allow”)
- Text of legislation (PDF)
Report from Dr. William Hsiao
Local Unions Endorsing a National Health Program
- Local 2326, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Essex Junction, VT
- Washington-Orange-Lamoille Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Montpelier, VT
- Vermont State Labor Council AFL-CIO, Montpelier, VT, September 2006, State Convention
- Champlain Valley Labor Council, Burlington, VT