Universal primary care bill develops complications

March 20, 2018

By Mike Faher

The state Senate president says Vermont may not be ready for a taxpayer-funded system of primary health care.

Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe on Tuesday defended a new version of S.53 that calls for a study of how the state might “achieve universal coverage for primary care services” but doesn’t support a way of paying for the coverage.
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The revision, approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee Friday night, is a sharp departure from an earlier version of the bill that explicitly endorsed publicly financed health care with no cost-sharing.

Ashe said he’s not convinced such a system is feasible. He said there are “a number of questions” that must be addressed before the state commits to universal primary care coverage.  continue on website