Vermont became the first state on Monday to publish the rates
it would charge people who don’t currently have health insurance to get
coverage – a key step toward establishing the health exchanges that are central
to the federal health care law known as Obamacare. Health
officials said Monday the rates are comparable to current commercial rates.
legislation establishes a consumer marketplace Exchange that is part of the federal
Affordable Care Act. All individuals and small businesses with fewer than 50
employees would be required to get their coverage from a policy sold on the
Exchange beginning in 2014.
In his inaugural address last
week, Peter Shumlin laid out some of his priorities for the next two years. Now, five local advocacy organizations discuss their priorities for this
legislative session, under the new administration.
Vermont lawmakers had barely taken their seats on the first day of the legislative session when more
than 200 advocates for single-payer health care rallied at the Statehouse and met with legislative leaders.