Making Quality Health Care Available to All Vermonters
Affordable, accessible and quality health care is essential for the well-being of Vermonters. Recognizing this fact, since 2006, Vermont has implemented a series of reforms designed to increase access to, improve the quality and contain the cost of health care for Vermonters.
During the last two years, this work continued with enactment of Act 48 (2011) and passage of Act 171 (H.559), signed by Governor Peter Shumlin on May 16, 2012. These laws recognize that health care is a public good, much like electricity. They put Vermont on a path toward an integrated health care delivery system with a budget regulated by the new Green Mountain Care Board, universally available health insurance coverage that is not linked to employment and a single system for administration of claims and payments to providers.
Act 48 and Act 171 leverage the financial assistance made available to states by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (also known as the ACA) to maximum effect by creating the required health insurance exchange to serve as many Vermonters as possible. This interim step is the bridge to the Green Mountain Care single payer system which will serve all Vermonters and curb the unsustainable rate of growth in the cost of health care.
An overview of Vermont Health Care Reform