October 3, 2016
Dear friends and neighbors,
A few legislative updates and some upcoming candidate events:
The WCSU elementary school study committee has a website to track materials being considered, agendas and minutes http://wcsu-committee.blogspot.com/
Draft all-payer waiver agreement
On Wednesday of last week the Shumlin Administration announced they had reached an agreement with the federal government on a draft all-payer model for delivering healthcare. In the current healthcare system, providers get paid for each service they give. In an all-payer system, doctors will be paid monthly based on the health of the people they treat.
This is not the same as “single-payer” which references the number of entities (one public entity) paying healthcare providers.
On Friday the locations for three public forums were announced for this coming week, with Gov. Peter Shumlin, Human Services Secretary Hal Cohen and Al Gobeille, Chairman of the Green Mountain Care Board, to present a draft of the All-Payer Model. The draft proposal is under review and is expected to be amended before it receives the final approval of the Governor, Secretary Cohen, Chairman Gobeille, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) . The hearings are designed to present the plan to the public and those involved in Vermont’s health care system, and to take questions and comments from the audience.
When these dates for public comment were announced on Friday at 2:40 pm, I placed a call to the Governor’s office inquiring about the lack of notice, and also accessibility to Southern Vermonters. If any new dates should be noticed, I will send those out. If recent history has taught us anything it is that we should be thorough and thoughtful about changes to Vermonters healthcare.
Meet with Laura
It has been wonderful talking with you as I have been going out door to door during this campaign season, thank you for the time you are taking to tell me your concerns and hear from me about why I want to be re-elected as your state representative.
I have been out making my way through the district, and have also scheduled additional times for voters to talk with me in person. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and also tell me about issues or priorities you, your business or your town may have.
Questions at recent sessions have ranged from marijuana legalization to community policing, healthcare, school choice and taxes. Next meet up sessions are:Wednesday October 5th in Wardsboro at 7 pm – Wardsboro Town Hall
Wednesday October 12th in Stamford at 7 pm at the Stamford Elementary School gym
The Deerfield Valley Rotary and the Wardsboro Public Library have arranged two candidate forums where both I and my challenger will appear and answer questions from the audience. This is an important opportunity to ask questions and hear the answers from both candidates. Voters from Dover, Readsboro, Searsburg, Somerset, Stamford, Wardsboro, Whitingham should feel welcome to attend either or both of these forums.
Support Laura’s re-election
Thank you very much for the financial, volunteer, sign hosting and letters to the editor support to date as I seek re-election to continue representing Dover, Readsboro, Searsburg, Somerset, Stamford, Wardsboro and Whitingham.
I have had to turn campaign contributions away because as your independent state representative I continue to choose not to accept support from special interests, political parties or political action committees.
Unfortunately, special interests, political parties and political action committees are once again funding opposition to my campaign. And that is going to increase now with the end of the campaign in sight. I appreciate any level of support my constituents might be able to provide – every $10, $25 or $50 helps a lot! Donating is easy online here:https://laurasibiliavt.com/help-send-lauras-voice-to-montpelier/
Letter’s to the Editor are also a great way to show support and tell other voters why they should re-elect me. Most of our towns read the Deerfield Valley News where support letters go to email@example.com with the exception of Stamford where folks would send support letters to the Berkshire Eagle directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
As always, if you need help or assistance don’t hesitate to call me at 384-0233 or email at email@example.com.
Rep. Laura Sibilia
Dover, Readsboro, Searsburg, Somerset, Stamford, Wardsboro, Whitingham
October 22, 2016 — Saturday
14th Annual Gilfeather Turnip Festival
All Day Live entertainment in Town Hall and outdoors
and Gilfeather Turnip Contest
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
9AM Gilfeather Turnip Art show opens at the Library, 170 Main Street, closes at 1 PM
10 AM Festival Opens – Indoor & Outdoor Vendors Booths, Farmers Market
10 AM Turnip Cart Selling Fresh Turnips
10 to 11 AM Coffee & Donut Kiosk
10 AM to Noon Register Turnips for the Turnip Contest
11 AM Cafe & outdoor kiosk open for lunch & soup take-out
Noon Deadline to Enter and Judging of Turnip Contest
1 PM Turnip Contest Awards announced in Town Hall