The Vermont House of Representatives passed a bill (PDF) that would implement a statewide universal publicly funded healthcare system, paving the way for the bill to be signed into law by Gov. Peter Shumlin later this month.
Universal coverage bill goes to Vt. governor
Shumlin has said he intends to sign the bill. The Vermont House approved the bill, 94-49, on Thursday. The state's Senate passed the bill on Tuesday. Both the state's Senate and the House had given approval for earlier versions of the bill.
The bill would create Green Mountain Care, a publicly funded system that would make healthcare available to all residents of Vermont, effective Jan. 1, 2014. As part of the bill, a board for Green Mountain Care will be formed and the board's chair and four members are expected to be named by July 1.
Lingering questions about the bill include how it will be funded. Two financing plans will be sent to House and Senate committees in January 2013.
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