VERMONT ON THE VERGE /
Bill to create universal, publicly funded healthcare system awaits the governor’s signature.
The Vermont House of Representatives passed a bill that would implement a statewide, universal publicly funded healthcare system, paving the way for the bill to be signed into law later this month by Gov. Peter Shumlin. The state Senate passed the bill last week, and Shumlin has said he intends to sign it. The state Senate and the House had given approval for earlier versions of the bill, which would create Green Mountain Care, a publicly funded system that would make healthcare available to all residents of Vermont, effective Jan. 1, 2014 (April 4, p. 16). 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.