State reports spike in health insurance needs

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Vermont’s health care ombudsman says there has been a spike in calls this month from people who can’t afford their health insurance.

Ombudsman Trinka Kerr told the Health Access Oversight Committee the callers are asking about their options.

The Douglas administration and the Legislature are looking at plans to reduce state spending, and Catamount has been mentioned as a possible cut.

Kerr told the committee she’s expecting an increase in demand for state-subsidized health care programs at a time when state revenues are shrinking.

Lawmakers and other officials don’t know if those cuts would include health care programs.

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