Advocates hopeful of action on publicly funded health care next year

October 30, 2017

VT Digger


Health care advocates touted two pieces of legislation they see as a step toward universal publicly funded health care Saturday during a conference in Montpelier.

The identical bills introduced in the Vermont House and Senate earlier this year would make primary care available to all Vermonters by 2019.

Specifically, S.53 and H.248 identify their purpose as ensuring Vermonters are able to get primary health care “without facing financial barriers that would discourage them from seeking necessary care.”

Advocates for the bills see them as an incremental step toward universal publicly funded health care that could be palatable to a Legislature and electorate still remembering the failure of single payer. Read more