The State of Vermont moved one step closer to being the first state in the union to adopt a single-payer healthcare system this week. After a full day and evening of debate, the Vermont legislature voted 89 to 47 to put the state on the path to moving towards a single-payer heatlthcare system. Vermont’s Governor Peter Shumlin has been a major supporter of the legislation.
The legislation establishes a 5 person Health Care Board, modeled after the Public Service Board, which will oversee virtually every aspect of healthcare in the state of Vermont. The Health Care Board will establish a total state budget for healthcare, review hospital budgets and private insurance rates, and design a new payment system for health care providers like doctors and hospitals.
Important details, like *ahem* how this is going to be paid for, are still put off for two years, however, so we still don’t know exactly how this is going to work, but you can be sure that we’re following the developments Vermont very closely.
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