Making Quality Health Care Available to All Vermonters
Affordable, accessible, and quality health care is essential for the well-being of Vermonters. 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 the 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 puts Vermont on a path toward an integrated health care delivery system with a budget regulated by the Green Mountain Care Board.
Vermont’s health care reform efforts are designed around four goals:
- Reducing health care costs and cost growth
- Assuring that all Vermonters have access to and coverage for high quality care
- Assuring greater fairness and equity in how we pay for health care
- Improving the health of Vermont’s population
To advance these efforts, Act 48 created the position of the Director of Health Care Reform, responsible for coordinating health care reform initiatives across state government. The Director oversees collaborations for health care reform among executive branch agencies, departments, offices, and the Green Mountain Care Board.