Today, Vermont became the first state in the nation to establish a single-payer health care plan for the state. 

Upon the passing of the bill by the Vermont House of Representatives (92-49) and Senate (21-9), Governor Peter Shumlin praised the legislature for becoming "the first state in the country to make the first substantive step to deliver a health care system where health care will be a right and not a privilege."

The legislation guarantees any Vermont resident the right to enroll in a state-sponsored...

Communicating with doctors and emergency personnel can be hard for anyone, but especially when patients or their families don't speak English. The draft "Medical Interpreter Act" in the 2011 Suggested State Legislation volume could help improve such communication.