Vermont moves toward universal healthcare

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    Vermont became the first state to lay the groundwork for single-payer health care on Thursday when its governor signed an ambitious bill aimed at establishing universal insurance coverage for all residents.

    "This law recognizes an economic and fiscal imperative," Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin said as he signed the bill into law at the State House.

    "We must control the growth in health care costs that are putting families at economic risk and making it harder for small employers to do business."

    Legislators say the plan, approved by the Democratic controlled House and Senate this spring, aims to extend coverage to all 620,000 residents while containing soaring health care costs.

    A key component establishes a state health benefits exchange, as mandated by new federal health care laws, that will offer coverage from private insurers, state-sponsored and multi-state plans. It also will include tax credits to make premiums affordable for uninsured Vermonters.

    The exchange, called Green Mountain Care and managed by a five-member board, will set reimbursement rates for health care providers and streamline administration into a single, unified system.

    Vermont moving toward single-payer health care | Reuters
     
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    No it wasn't the "first state"

    Maine created a similar system about 8 years or so ago, called MAINE-CARE.

    It is not, incidently working out all that well.

    By the time it got passed it was too watered down to do what it was hoped that it would do.
     

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