The Vermont Medical Society and the Vermont Academy for Family Physicians have asked Gov. Phil Scott to appoint a health care provider to the Green Mountain Care Board.
Beth Pearce, the state treasurer, said Vermont has the highest bond ratings of any state in the Northeast.
The Vermont Coalition of Clinics for the Uninsured says fewer people will have health insurance because the state is providing less money for Vermont Health Connect navigators this year.
Clay Purvis, the state’s director of telecommunications and connectivity, said the money is slowly helping bring high-speed internet to Vermonters but is not a quick fix for connectivity.
The insurer originally requested a 12.7 percent increase. But regulators said Blue Cross withheld important information about the “financial stability” of the company.
The insurer wanted to raise premiums 6.7 percent for next year on Vermont Health Connect. The board said its order balanced the goals of keeping rates lean and insurers solvent.
The network says it can negotiate better prices on equipment and services in large part because of its growing number of member hospitals.
The $34 million is the most state money the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board has received from a single bond since its inception in the 1980s.
Meanwhile, corporate income tax revenue was $19.5 million higher than projected, largely because the state is still processing $16.3 million in corporate refunds.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont asked state regulators to disregard arguments from a public advocate that include public comments and statistics on wage growth.
President Donald Trump has threatened to stop funding subsidies that help 13,000 low-income Vermonters pay out-of-pocket costs.
Gov. Phil Scott said he still wants to replace Vermont Health Connect. But his team says the system will function smoothly for the upcoming open enrollment period.
Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille said departments generally are not allowed to spend more than the Legislature budgeted, but that the administration is allowing it in this situation.
Vermont’s regulated hospitals are seeking to increase prices charged to commercial insurance companies an average of 2.4 percent.