Committee endorses changes to Medicaid payment system

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A legislative committee has given the green light for changing the way some 30,000 Vermonters pay for their health programs. Under the new procedures, Medicaid recipients will pay monthly premiums, rather than co-payments for services.

The changes to the state’s Medicaid programs were enacted by the Legislature this spring. On Thursday lawmakers endorsed the rules to start up the program. The Douglas administration says the new system will start by the end of this year. Recipients will be given several months to adjust to the changes in payment procedures.

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