Douglas signs two health care bills

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Governor Jim Douglas signed two health care bills into law yesterday.

The bills build on Catamount Health and the Blueprint for Health, a program that focuses on illness prevention.

Some people had expressed concerns that pre-existing conditions weren’t covered under Catamount Health. The new law creates an amnesty for pre-existing conditions for people who enroll before November First.

And now, people who have high-deductible insurance plans will no longer have to go 12 months without insurance to qualify for the state’s health care program.  

Another bill signed into law increases support of health care providers to use cost-saving information technology, increases focus on chronic care and weight loss programs.

Coverage rates for childhood immunizations are also increased under the bill.

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