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Business as usual for Vermont healthcare until feds act

SALISBURY — While the Trump administration’s effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed in Congress, state lawmakers at the March 27 Legislative Breakfast in Salisbury said it’s too soon to tell what, if any, short- or long-term changes are in store for Vermont’s health care system.
“It’s all up in the air,” said Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison, whose committee deals with health care legislation.
Ayer said plans call for the Senate to adjourn a week early this session in order to return in the fall — when passage of the federal budget is expected — to deal with state health care issues.
Until then, it will be business as usual in the health care industry, according to Ayer.
“The (health insurance) exchange is still functioning and the insurance companies are still in Vermont,” Ayer said. “In terms of new health care initiatives, we’re still working on a way to make universal primary care something that fits into the Vermont fabric; we know it makes a lot of financial sense.”

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