It’s been a little more than
a year since Catamount Health began taking applications from uninsured
Vermonters. And fewer than 6,500 of the state’s 65,000
uninsured people have enrolled in the state-sponsored insurance program.
We explore what Catamount Health has (and hasn’t ) accomplished in its first year of operation, and whether it can be made sustainable in the current economic climate. Also, Candy Page talks about endangered species, and we get a lesson on the art of curling.
The House and Senate health committees had goals
of extending the state’s health care programs to cover more Vermonters who are
lacking health insurance, but those plans fell short. We check in with Sen. Doug Racine and Rep.
Steve Maier. Also, we visit a program where young single mothers are learning how to make
jewelry. And we continue our essay series, My Vermont.
It looks like
moderate-income Vermonters on the state-backed Catamount Health program may be
facing higher monthly premium payments.
The Vermont House
had already passed a budget plan calling for an additional $2.5 million to be raised through higher premiums.