In 2015, the Healthcare Is a Human Right (HCHR) Campaign first published a financing plan for Green Mountain Care, the universal, publicly financed health care system set forth by Vermont’s State Legislature in Act 48.
We prepared this plan to demonstrate that Vermont would greatly benefit from universal health care funded by progressive taxes, and to counteract a false narrative that Vermont can’t afford universal health care. Click here to watch a 3-minute whiteboard video explaining the plan.
In the years since, we have witnessed mounting evidence of the unaffordability of Vermont’s current privatized, multi-payer health care system for enormous numbers of residents. Some 182,000 Vermont residents (one in three adults under 65) are underinsured, and cost barriers force over 50,000 people to delay or skip medical care every year. Residents and employers are straining under ever-higher premiums and deductibles, hospitals are closing unprofitable programs despite communities’ medical needs, Springfield Hospital and its health centers are in bankruptcy and at risk of shutting down or cutting services, OneCare Vermont has amassed undemocratic power to determine prices, staffing, and other key health care decisions, and COVID-19 is exposing health and economic injustices and the precarity of privately financing hospitals.
In July 2020, the Vermont Workers' Center and Partners for Dignity and Rights re-released this financing plan to demonstrate that financing Green Mountain Care (GMC) is both feasible and necessary.
We strongly urge Governor Scott and the Vermont State Legislature to fulfill their obligations under Act 48 and finance Green Mountain Care, beginning by passing legislation to require the Agency of Human Services and Green Mountain Care Board to produce new and up-to-date financing and benefit plans.