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.
This work continued with enactment of Act 48 of 2011, signed by Governor Peter Shumlin on May 26, 2011. Act 48 recognizes that health care is a public good and will be based on where you live, not where you work. Act 48 puts Vermont on a path toward an integrated health care delivery system with a budget regulated by the 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.
Health care reform laws in Vermont 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 universal system which will serve all Vermonters and curb the unsustainable rate of growth in the cost of health care.
Act 48 of 2011 designates the Director of Health Care Reform within the Agency of Administration to be responsible for coordination and oversight of health care system reform efforts among executive branch agencies, departments and offices, and for coordination with the Green Mountain Care Board.