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Voices / Letters from readers

Nurses, please make your voices heard in Montpelier

Also signing this letter: Sue Euphrat, Susan Mello, Dianne Champion, Sally Caltrider, and Carol Whitaker, all registered nurses, as is the writer.

This meeting is open to the public. It is at City Center, 89 Main St., Montpelier. For questions about attending the hearing or for information about how to give testimony on line go to or contact Beth @

Originally published in The Commons issue #416 (Wednesday, July 12, 2017).

The Green Mountain Care Board is meeting in Montpelier on Thursday, July 20 at 9 a.m. to consider the Blue Cross/Blue Shield request for a 12.7-percent rate increase. This increase will affect more than 70,000 of our patients, families, friends, and neighbors.

The Green Mountain Care Board’s purpose is to oversee our state’s health-care system.

This hearing will include actuarial testimony from the insurers and state agencies, followed by time for brief testimonies from the public.

As nurses, every day we see the impact of a health-care system designed as a profit-making commodity rather than as a system serving valuable human lives.

This is a critical time for nurses to show up and be involved. You needn’t give testimony. Just come in your scrubs. Let’s show the board we care!

Beth Kiendl


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