Vermont Moves Closer to Approving Single Payer Health Care

Vermont's House of Representatives approved a bill put forward by Governor Peter Shumlin that would create a single payer health care system in that state. The Senate is expected to approve the bill as well.

Gov. Shumlin said it would make Vermont "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, where health care will follow the individual, not be a requirement of the employer, and where we’ll have an affordable system that contains costs."

The bill would set up a five member state board to design the benefit package for what will be called Green Mountain Care. Questions of how to pay for the reform remain, although the Board would be funded to begin planning and implementation with a budget of $1.2 million. The bill would create an exchange as called for under the federal Affordable Care Act.

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Berkshire Eagle, March 25, 2011

Text of Vermont House Bill 202

Summary of VT House Bill 202 by Dr. Anya Rader Wallack