News bites: Vermont Senate OKs healthcare bill

The Vermont Senate gave preliminary approval to a universal healthcare bill, writes the Burlington Free Press.

The Health and Human Services Department is barring drugmaker Forest Laboratories from doing business with the government until it ousts its CEO, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Kaiser Health News sheds light on healthcare sharing ministries.

The Colorado Senate gave preliminary approval to a state health exchange, reports The Associated Press.

The Oregon Senate also approved creating an exchange, reports the Statesman Journal.

AdvaMed's Stephen Ubl proposes ways to prevent Accountable Care Organizations from stinting on care on the Health Affairs blog.

Americans for Tax Reform opines that the healthcare reform law paves the way to taxing health benefits.