Vermont’s Giving Up On Single-Payer Health Care Over Ballooning Costs

By Sarah Hurtubise Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is canceling his dream plan to create a single-payer health system in the state, he announced Wednesday. Read more…
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States withholding payments from contractors that built exchange sites

By Paul Demko Massachusetts and Vermont are taking steps to financially punish CGI Federal, the contractor they hired to help build their exchange websites. Read more…
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DOL Teams Up with Vermont on the Latest ERISA Preemption Attack

By Mike Ferguson The practice of individual states enacting laws that arguably infringe on ERISA preemption is not new. In fact, some states have become increasingly creative in poking and prodding at the limits of this federal law, which has raised obvious concerns among those involv
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Amicus Brief Opposes ERISA Preemption of Vermont Requirement for Self-Insured Plans to Provide the State with Participant Eligibility and Claims Data

Taken From:  MyHealthGuide This case raises an important question of whether the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”), preempts the reporting requirements imposed on administrators of self-insured plans by Vermont’s “Health Care Database
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Employer assessment and premium charges set to finance health insurance exchange

The state Senate voted Monday to place a charge on health insurance premiums and extend an employer assessment to pay for the operation of the state’s new health insurance marketplace, called Vermont Health Connect. Senate bill 152, which began this legislative session as a streamlini
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Wait For Obamacare Price Tags Could Be Months

Last week Vermont became the first state to provide a glimpse of how expensive individual health insurance might be under the Affordable Care Act. Proposed rates there, while of questionable relevance to the rest of the country because of the state’s unusual insurance market, showed l
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The First PPACA Exchange Rates Are Out: Vermont

As we know, PPACA creates the concept of an exchange that will be available to individuals to obtain coverage, either as an alternative to employer sponsored coverage or as a replacement if an employer does not offer coverage.  As we come closer to implementation of PPACA, the questio
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California One of 2 States to Force Health Insurer Bids

California and Vermont are the only states set to require medical insurers to bid for the chance to sell coverage through new exchanges being set up this year under the Obama administration’s health-care overhaul. The 2010 Affordable Care Act gives states the power to impose a bidding
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Vermont Passes Final Version of Single Payer Bill By: David Dayen Thursday May 5, 2011

The Vermont State House wrapped up work on a bill that would bring universal health care to the state, approving the final version and sending it to Governor Peter Shumlin for his signature. Shumlin plans to sign the bill within the next two weeks. The vote today was 94-49.   The
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U.S. Finishes Rules for States Seeking to Opt Out of Obama’s Health Law

States such as Vermont will be able to use an escape clause in U.S. rules issued today to set up their own government-run medical systems and avoid federal mandates in the 2010 health-care law. Read More..
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