Vermont is #1: it's the nation's healthiest state according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Vermont, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Vermont does not have a state risk pool. The state has guaranteed-issue meaning all citizens will be accepted at the same premium regardless of their health. Thus New Yorkers are lucky to have access to health insurance that is much better than a risk pool (which almost always charges a higher-than-the-going-rate because it is made up of uninsurable people).
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Vermont started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Vermont's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Vermont’s health care reform — The place to go to find out how America’s most progressive state is implementing health care reform, both the Affordable Care Act and its own single-payer health care initiative.
Department for Children & Families, health insurance programs — The State of Vermont offers free and low-cost health care programs under the umbrella of Green Mountain Care.
Filing a complaint — The Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration’s Consumer Services section — help for consumers who would like to file a complaint about an insurance company.
Vermont for Single Payer — Vermont for Single Payer is the primary campaign of Vermont Health Care For All (VTHCA) and is overseen by the Board of that organization. VTHCA, a Vermont non-profit corporation (501(c) 3), was established in 2003 with the purpose of educating the public about the advantages of a universal publicly financed health care system for Vermont. [...]
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Vermont.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Vermont -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Vermont.
Why health care reform is important to Vermont -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Vermont.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Vermont -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Vermont.
Vermont mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Vermont -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $807 per family in 2012.
04/01/2013 4:04 PM
vtdigger.org — The proposed average premiums for health insurance policies to be sold on Vermont Health Connect range from $375 to $609 per person. The rates are subject to review by the Green Mountain Care Board and the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation.
02/25/2013 7:02 PM
Burlington Free Press — A House committee neither killed nor advanced a bill that dealt with financing the state’s health insurance marketplace. Legislative leaders remain confident that exchange legislation will pass this session.
10/18/2012 2:10 PM
vtdigger.org — The Department of Vermont Health Access will apply for a federal grant to support the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange. Funds would be used to develop in-person assistance programs to help people use the exchange.
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