Vermont’s Health Benefit Exchange Article Published in Health Lawyers Weekly
What are the key features of the Vermont Health Benefits Exchange and the state’s plans for attaining universal healthcare coverage through the state’s Green Mountain Care program?
This article, co-authored by health attorney Elizabeth R. Wohl and Paul Andrew Kervick, answers that question and also highlights the uniqueness of Vermont’s implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA): the State’s implementing legislation requires nearly all individual or small employer health benefit plans to be offered through the health benefits exchange, and consequently precludes the private market from operating outside of the exchange for these insurance products. And, unlike other states, the state legislature and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration view the health benefits exchange not as an end, but rather as a transition to a Canadian-style single payer health care system.
Health Lawyers Weekly is a publication of the American Health Lawyers Association. The newsletter is distributed to 11,000 AHLA members.