Vermont Legal Aid (VLA)

Statewide non-profit law firm established in 1968 to provide free civil legal services to Vermonters who are low-income, elderly and those with disabilities.
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Primary geographic focus: Vermont
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: VLA
Tags: Seniors

Vermont Legal Aid provides free civil legal services to people throughout Vermont who are poor, elderly, or have disabilities and who would otherwise be denied justice or the necessities of life.

VLA serves the community by providing information, advice and representation in the areas of health care, housing, education, family law, benefits, and consumer law.

We serve all of Vermont through five regional offices in Burlington, Montpelier, Rutland, Springfield, and St.Johnsbury.


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In Vermont, Frustrations Mount Over Affordable Care Act

New York Times (NYT)
June 4, 2015
Story about how the Vermont single-payer health care system unraveled, leading to frustrations over the Affordable Care Act.

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Shumlin signs rent-to-own into law

Vermont Press Bureau
June 10, 2015
Governor Peter Shumlin signed consumer protection legislation into law Tuesday that aims to crack down on rent-to-own enterprises targeting low- and middle-income Vermonters.

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Vermont Legal Aid sues over Reach-Up cuts for people on disability

Keith McGilvery
July 24, 2015
Vermont Legal Aid sues the state after cuts were made to the state's Reach-Up program.

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A Slack Lifeline for Drowning Homeowners

Gretchen Morgenson
New York Times (NYT)
July 31, 2015
How civil legal aid lawyers are fighting for homeowners against the banks.


Good Idea, Times Three

Valley News (NH)
December 2, 2015
An amnesty day on traffic tickets makes eminent good sense, since many of those who fail to pay have good cause — they are low-income residents who simply can’t afford it.

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Insurers Say Costs Are Climbing as More Enroll Past Health Act Deadline

Robert Pear
New York Times (NYT)
January 9, 2016
The Obama administration has allowed large numbers of people to sign up for insurance after the deadlines in the last two years, destabilizing insurance markets and driving up premiums, health insurance companies say.

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Advocates Say Traffic Fine Reforms Would Reduce Economic Barriers

Elizabeth Hewitt (Vermont)
January 10, 2016
Lawmakers are considering legislation that would reinstate driving privileges to thousands of Vermonters whose licenses were suspended due to failure to pay a traffic fine.


Consumer Interests Must be Central to Health Care Changes

Trinka Kerr (Vermont)
January 14, 2016
Vermont is negotiating the terms of a new all-payer health care model with the federal government, and an agreement is expected soon.

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For Some Vermonters Suffering From Hepatitis C, Life-Saving Cure Is Out Of Reach

Peter Hirschfeld
Vermont Public Radio
December 2, 2016
Health advocates are challenging a Vermont Medicaid policy that has restricted curative treatment for hepatitis C only to patients with advanced liver problems.

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Vermont advocates work to expand Hepatitis C treatment

Associated Press (AP)
December 4, 2016
The non-profit Vermont Legal Aid is working to make it easier for people suffering from Hepatitis C to get curative treatment under Vermont's Medicaid system.

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Medicaid review board votes to lift some restrictions on life-saving cures for Vermonters with hepatitis C

Vermont Business Magazine
December 13, 2016
Vermont Medicaid’s Drug Utilization Review Board (DURB) voted to lift some of the restrictions that currently prevent most Vermont Medicaid patients with hepatitis C from accessing life-saving cures.

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Vermont Supreme Court Decision Expands Access To Health Care Subsidies

Taylor Dobbs
Vermont Public Radio
December 14, 2016
A case decided by the Vermont Supreme Court earlier this month will serve as an important precedent for some Vermonters hoping to buy subsidized health insurance through Vermont Health Connect.

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Change In Vt. Medicaid Policy Could Improve Access To Live-Saving Hepatitis C Treatment

Peter Hirschfeld
Vermont Public Radio
December 16, 2016
A change in Vermont’s Medicaid policy could soon deliver potentially life-saving treatment to many low-income patients with hepatitis C.


Legal Aid Services Benefit All Vermonters

Daniel Richardson (Vermont)
March 26, 2017
For Vermonters, the radical cuts proposed by the president portend disaster.

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Rats, frozen pipes and sleepless nights: Vt. lacks enforcement of rental housing safety

April McCullum
Burlington Free Press
January 12, 2018
A new report from Vermont Legal Aid shows tenants often struggle to resolve disputes with landlords over basic health and safety standards, and it is unclear which government officials are responsible to intervene.

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Home Care Agencies Often Wrongly Deny Medicare Help To The Chronically Ill

Susan Jaffe
National Public Radio (NPR)
January 17, 2018
Because of his disability, he has Medicare coverage, but he can't use it for home care — as the former computer systems manager has been told by 14 home health care providers.

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Where pot is now legal, no-longer-criminals seek forgiveness

Associated Press (AP)
June 22, 2018
Past convictions have led to difficulty finding housing or a job. Some were turned away when they applied for a nursing license or federal student loans, attorneys say. Some can't get into neighboring Canada.

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Dozens turn out seeking to expunge old convictions

Alan J. Keays (Vermont)
December 17, 2018
Attorneys met with about 50 people and will be filing more than 200 petitions with courts following the first of several expungement clinics set to take place across Vermont in the coming months.

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Vermont Legal Aid pushes program to address homelessness by reducing evictions

Kit Norton (Vermont)
January 16, 2019
The report, announced to the public on Homelessness Awareness Day, says that with $800,000 a year in state funding, Vermont could cut its roughly 1,700 evictions a year in half — leading to less homelessness throughout the state.

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Lawmakers hope to widen list of crimes that can be expunged

Xander Landen (Vermont)
November 14, 2019
panel of state law enforcement officers, prosecutors and public defenders is recommending that Vermont dramatically expand expungement laws so that ex-offenders convicted of the vast majority of the state’s felony crimes can eventually scrub their criminal histories.

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Small Claims Court Reforms Considered Following Illegal Arrests

Emily Corwin
Vermont Public Radio
February 13, 2020
The Vermont Judiciary is considering reforms to small claims court following the resignation of Caledonia County assistant judge Roy Vance, who had issued illegal arrest warrants in his court during his two-decade tenure.

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Drivers With Suspended Licenses Get Second Chance

Hannah McDonald
WPTZ NewsChannel 5 (NBC) (VT)
March 19, 2015
Vermont Legal Aid teams up with the state attorneys to create a Driver's Restoration Day. It affords people with suspended licenses a second chance.

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