“For Vermont and Vermonters, we don’t see anything good,” the CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont said Thursday. “It’s nothing we can support.”
Lobbyists for insurance companies say dismantling the Affordable Care Act would happen piece by piece and that it would take years to replace.
Two issues that challenge the education community’s ability to engage in civil discourse are changes to employee health care plans and revisions to the rules governing independent schools.
Gov.-elect Phil Scott says he’s confident President-elect Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress will not leave thousands of Vermonters without health insurance. If he’s wrong, it could cost millions.
Vermonters can sign up for coverage or change their plans for any reason through Jan. 31. The state says customers calling about insurance should have a better experience than over the summer, when wait times were longer.
Green Mountain Care Board members Con Hogan and Allan Ramsay wrote dissents questioning whether regulators are doing enough to rein in health care costs.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont covers about 90 percent of customers on the exchange, and its proposed increase is similar to those in previous years. Regulators must decide whether to approve, modify or reject the two insurers’ proposals.
“We’re working hard to get the best damn deal for Vermont in every case, and in so doing, there is friction,” said Lawrence Miller, the chief of health care reform for Gov. Peter Shumlin.
Peter Sterling and other advocates for Dr. Dynasaur 2.0 and those who are pushing for universal primary care both want lawmakers to pay for studies of their proposals, but money is tight this year.
S.214 means that businesses with more than 100 employees would not be allowed to start buying commercial insurance through Vermont Health Connect in 2018.
The House Health Care Committee wants the Joint Fiscal Office to oversee a study of the long-term sustainability of Vermont Health Connect.
The exchange’s operations manager says a report is expected in a few weeks, while the chair of the House Health Care Committee also wants to hear more about alternatives to the state exchange.
The Supreme Court will decide whether the state of Vermont can force an insurance company to hand over data regarding health insurance claims. A ruling on the matter is expected next year.
A so-called “Cadillac tax” on generous health benefits is expected to kick in by 2018 unless changes are made. Private sector plans would be hit, too.