Health Care Bill Heads To Governor’s Desk

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The Vermont House has given final approval to an ambitious plan to move Vermont toward a universal, publicly funded health care system.

The next stop for the legislation is the desk of Gov. Peter Shumlin, a strong supporter.

The House on Thursday voted 94-49 to approve a bill that would set up a new Green Mountain Care health insurance program under which every Vermont resident would be eligible for coverage.

The bill first sets up a new health care marketplace – or "exchange," called for under federal health care legislation passed last year. By 2017, if not sooner, it’s expected the exchange will form the basis for the new Green Mountain Care program.

Key questions left for later include how the system will be paid for.

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