The Vermont House has given final approval to an ambitious plan to move Vermont toward a universal, publicly funded healthcare system.
Vt. House sends universal healthcare measure to governor
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 healthcare marketplace — or "exchange," called for under federal healthcare 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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