Legislative committee to vote on Catamount Health changes

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A legislative committee plans to vote this week on a health reform bill that would expand health insurance offered by the state.

The bill proposes a new health insurance program that would require participants who want to pay the lowest price for coverage to submit to health risk assessments and follow guidelines to better their health.

The bill also makes several changes to Catamount Health, the state’s new health insurance program for low-income Vermonters. Those changes include getting rid of an exclusion for new customers who are pregnant.

Lawmakers are also considering more extensive coverage for pre-existing conditions and decreasing the waiting period for coverage, both of which would cost money.

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