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In this off-session time, my job is to tap into constituent concerns, attend meetings whose objectives align with town concerns, and continue learning about many legislative initiatives. So whether you were pleased with the legislative session or not, I hope to hear from Bridgewater, Chittenden, Killington and Mendon voters.

One topic that is on the minds of many is the transition in health care. The first phase is the introduction of the Vermont Connect insurance exchange, which aims to offer new policy choices for businesses with fewer than 50 employers.

It is most helpful to go to the site where active links may help you explore another level of information: http://healthconnect.vermont.gov/information/businesses

There is a lot of anxiety about these changes, and you won't find many people who can vouch for perfection. You will, however, find strong support for this shift as well as knowledge that the state will have opportunities to tweak the system as it develops.

Those who think we are letting go of the best system are not looking at the less than stellar data for US health outcomes or costs. The aim here is better health care for all and more efficiency in the entire health care delivery system.

As always, I welcome your inquiries at anne.l.gallivan@gmail.com or 802-558-0612