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NO. 79. AN ACT RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HEALTH CARE OMBUDSMAN.

(H.362)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 8 V.S.A. § 4089j(h) is added to read:

(h) As used in this section, "health insurance plan" means a policy, service contract or other health benefit plan offered or issued by a health insurer, as defined by section 9402(7) of Title 18, and includes the Vermont health access plan and beneficiaries covered by the Medicaid program unless such beneficiaries are otherwise provided ombudsman services.

Sec. 2. Sec. 14(b)(2) of Act No. 14 (1995) is amended to read:

(b) The office of Vermont health access shall make available the following:

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(2) INDEPENDENT OMBUDSMAN SERVICES. The office of *[Vermont health access shall contract to]* health care ombudsman established under 8 V.S.A. § 4089j shall provide ombudsman services to consumers.

Approved: April 6, 2000