Health

Vermont governor plans incremental health insurance reform

The Associated Press
Posted: Jan. 12, 2019 7:00 am Updated: Jan. 12, 2019 11:33 am

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Republican Gov. Phil Scott wants to make health insurance more affordable for young people, but he's not planning a major overhaul after the state's failed attempt to create a single-payer system.

Elsewhere in the country, the first full week of state legislative sessions and swearings-in for governors saw a flurry of Democratic proposals to expand access to health care and make it more affordable. Those proposals fall short, however, of providing universal health care.

Scott said this week he will propose reforms as part of a broader effort to attract more people to the state. His spokeswoman says the focus will be in incremental change.

Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, a Democrat and Progressive, said carving out low-cost programs for young people usually leads to higher premiums for others.