Vermont House passes single-payor health reform

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The Vermont House of Representatives on March 24 passed a bill that would  allow residents to sign up for state-financed health insurance .

House Bill No. 202, “An act relating to a single-payer and unified health system,” passed by a vote of 92-49. The legislation states that “all Vermont residents shall be eligible for Green Mountain Care, a universal healthcare program that will provide health benefits through a single payment system.

“To the maximum extent allowable under the federal law and waivers from federal law, Green Mountain Care shall include health coverage provided under the health benefit exchange…by employers that choose to participate and to state employees and municipal employees, including teachers,” the bill continues.

The bill will now go to the Vermont Senate.

Read the text of H.202 here. Read actions in the Journal of the House here.