As with most policy changes, there will be "winners" and there will be some "losers". Some Vermonters will pay more for health care than they pay now but it is estimated that far more will pay less under this proposal, which in the end is better for everyone our state.
Vermonters will have all the details on the "winners" and "losers" under this proposal when the Legislature’s study is released in 2017. While some details are currently unknown, what we do know is that our goal is to create as many winners as possible.
A preliminary look at this proposal anticipates the “winners” will be:
- 120,000 Vermonters age 0-26 (and their families) who will see their monthly premiums and out of pocket costs such as deductibles being reduced.
- Employers offering family coverage who are currently paying way too much.
- Employers who want to offer family coverage but currently can’t afford to.
- Employees in high out of pocket cost family plans.
- Employees who feel forced to remain at their job only so they can receive health care benefits.
- Heath care providers who will see an increase in their reimbursement rates for providing Medicaid services.
On the other hand, the potential "losers" of this proposal are far less in number and as we foresee it, would be:
- Employers who don’t offer health insurance to their employees and don’t want to.
- Vermonters who disagree with paying a new tax to help provide affordable coverage to young people through Dr. Dynasaur 2.0.