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Health Care Is a Human Right By Julie Brisson I have gotten an education in health insurance since October, 2015 when I had a health crisis. I went from platinum Blue Cross Blue Shield to Vermont Health Connect Silver Blue Cross Blue Shield to Medicaid to Medicare with no Part Read more…


  VCDR Legislative WRAP-UP, July 2018  2018 Special Session – Budget Documents http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/budget_fy2019.aspx   Control – Left Click (Below)   H.16 As Passed the House and Senate June 2018 H.16 Senate Amendment – June 21 Senate Calendar June 21, 2018 H.16 Senate Amendment Tax Provisions – Sec by Sec Summary June Read more…


  Coalition for Disability Rights with Rights and Democracy “Be a Hero” – Demanding Improved Medicare for All- healthcare as a Human Right! Comments from Sarah Launderville, in celebration of ADA   This year marks the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Each year, we take time and Read more…


Watch VCDR’s president Sarah Launderville comment on Health Care Justice VIDEO Be A Hero: Organizing for Health Care Justice and a Stronger Democracy with Ady Barkan and Special Guest Senator Bernie Sanders. Ady Barkan, an incredible activist who is battling ALS, is touring across the country with a mission and Read more…


Grant Activities

With the help of a grant from the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council, VCDR is building a grass-roots campaign to involve more Vermonters who experience a physical, sensory, psychiatric, developmental or other disability, and their families, in our work. We are also reaching out for new organizational members and other allies, Read more…


SENATE APPROPRIATIONS FY 2019 Budget   The Senate Appropriations Committee voted out a Budget last week and debated it on the Senate floor on Friday. The bill H.924 will be up for a final vote in the Senate on Tuesday May 1st. The bill will go back to the House Read more…


***ARTICLES of INTERST*** ***NEW Senate OKs $5.86 billion budget – VTDigger 4/27/18 https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/27/senate-oks-5-86-billion-budget/   ***NEW Lawmakers work to help struggling Vt. dairy farmers  http://www.wcax.com/content/news/Lawmakers-work-to-help-struggling-Vt-dairy-farmers-481096001.html   ***NEW Senate jettisons Vermont National Guard tuition assistance, ThinkVermont initiatives – VTDigger 4/27/18 https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/27/senate-jettisons-vermont-national-guard-tuition-assistance-thinkvermont-initiatives/   ***NEW Lawmakers push back on Scott veto threats                                          By Dave Read more…


  Testimony Page for FY 2019 Budget https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/document/2018/23/Date/4-4-2018#documents-section https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/document/2018/23/Date/4-5-2018#documents-section Testimony in Senate Appropriations on Disabilities: Ed Paquin, VT Coalition for Disability Rights                                            H.924: Support for developmental disability and mental health services Pam McCarthy, VT Family Network H.924: Support for funding increase for Children’s Integrated Services Patricia Tedesco, VT Center for Read more…


Over 350 people flocked to the Statehouse on Feb. 28 for Disability Awareness Day. They spread the word about the event’s theme: “Our Community, Our Health, Our Well-Being.” Members of the Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights let lawmakers know that health begins where people live, learn, work and play. VCDR Read more…


Personal Story

Dear Sen. Leahy, I am writing to let you know what an important role Medicaid plays in my life and urge you to continue your opposition to any cuts to this life-saving resource. My name is Nathan, I am a C4/C5 quadriplegic, I am a bilateral arm amputee and I Read more…


I am a 58 year-old male who lives in a small city in a very rural state. I have a few things that I would like to say about what I can honestly say is the worst piece of legislation ever to come out of Washington, D.C. in my lifetime. Read more…