2006 HEALTH CARE REFORM INITIATIVES, QUICK OVERVIEW

The legislation reins in health care costs by offering affordable coverage to all Vermonters and establishing an outstanding chronic care system

 

The 2006 Health Care Affordability Act is a first step toward achieving the goal of quality, affordable health care for all Vermonters.  This legislation has one overriding goal: controlling the steeply rising costs of health care.  It accomplishes this in two ways: by better managing chronic care and making health care affordable and accessible for all Vermonters.  

 

MAKING HEALTH INSURANCE AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE TO THE UNINSURED

 

IMPROVING HOW WE DELIVER HEALTH CARE

 

EMPLOYER SPONSORED INSURANCE INITIATIVE

·        Uninsured Vermonters will receive assistance to purchase the health insurance plan offered by their employer.

·        Individuals currently eligible for or enrolled in the Vermont Health Access Plan will be eligible for the new ESI initiative as will uninsured Vermonters who are eligible for Catamount Health Assistance

·        The state will do a cost-benefit analysis to ensure that it is cost-effective to provide help to an individual through this program and will protect individuals through a minimum standard for employer plans.

 

IMMUNIZATIONS –Every Vermonter will be able to receive CDC recommended immunizations for free after October 1, 2007.

 

MEDICAID INITIATIVES

 

COMMON SENSE INITIATIVES