Vermont Health Care Advocacy

Vermont residents have a unique opportunity to be involved in the legislative process. Getting involved begins with getting to know your legislators. We encourage you to contact your legislators to share your thoughts, ideas for solutions and improvements, and feedback about topics that interest and/or affect you.

Vermont legislative contacts

The Vermont Legislature typically considers hundreds of bills that have a wide range of effects on Vermont citizens, from Medicaid payments to the fees for dog licenses.

How to get involved

Every legislator (both Representatives and Senators) is elected/re-elected every two years in Vermont. The time between the November elections and the start of the legislative session in January is a great time to contact your legislators, introduce yourself, and talk with them about the issues that are important to you so that they will know who you are when you contact them on specific bills later in the session.

If you have an opinion on a bill, or an experience that could give insight into the potential effects of a bill, your legislators need to hear from you. Call them, e-mail them, or send them a note through snail-mail. With so many bills to consider, your legislators will appreciate remarks that are clear and concise.

Vermont residents can also participate in the legislative process by attending and/or testifying at public hearings. Not every bill that comes to the Vermont general assembly will be worked on by a committee in the House or the Senate. For those that are, the Committee schedules a public hearing for the purpose of gathering information and hearing opinions on all sides of each issue. Other bills introduced but not addressed "stay on the wall."

The legislature maintains a calendar, which provides a daily listing of issues to be brought before each body for action. It lists bills to be considered, actions to be taken on each, proposed amendments, etc. Furthermore, House and Senate rules provide that certain items must be listed in the calendar for a specific period before any action is taken.

For more information about the Vermont legislative process, see How a bill comes law and the Vermont Legislature FAQ.

Tracking Vermont health-related bills

Bills usually start to appear on the website in early January. As the legislative session progresses the status of bills can change very quickly. If there are bills you are interested in, be sure to check the website at least a couple of times per week for updates or visit the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems website.

To track bills through the legislative process:

  1. Go to the Vermont State Government website.
  2. In the Search For box, click the Bill or Resolution link.
  3. Enter the bill or resolution number, or the title or a keyword for the bill.
  4. Click Search.

Learn more

We recommend these websites for more information:

National health policy and news websites

Vermont health policy and news websites