Single-Payer Health Plan to be Launched by Vermont - Health Minute for November 4, 2013

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Monday, November 4, 2013 - 3:00pm

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Some form of a universal health care system is in place in all developed countries in the world, except the U.S. Now, the state of Vermont is pioneering a government-funded model with a planned 2017 launch of the nation’s first, state-level universal health care system. The effort has been sparked by upheavals in current health care, by decreases in both the coverage and the quality of employee health insurance offerings, and by the uncertainties of offerings and terms in the new Affordable Care Act marketplaces. The Vermont initiative combines universal coverage with cost controls, moving health care away from a fee-for-service model to one in which providers have a set budget to care for a set number of patients. This new system would be funded by a payroll tax. Vermont has some inherent advantages to try this social experiment. It’s the most politically liberal state, it has a tradition of activism, and it’s small, with a population of 600,000 and just 15 hospitals, all nonprofits. It also has little racial and income diversity. Then there's the fact that Vermont is close to universal healthcare already. 96 percent of Vermont children have coverage, and 91 percent of the overall population does, second only to Massachusetts, which has mandated health coverage for its citizens. These features, policy experts agree, make Vermont a manageable market to launch a universal health care project. While it’s unclear whether Vermont will work as a model for other states, or even if state-level universal health care will succeed, one thing’s for certain: the health care of the future is going to look very different from today’s. I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.

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