State health care study ranks insurance coverage across the country

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A new data analysis has revealed the best and worst performing states for U.S. health insurance. Vermont currently boasts the best state health care system, whereas Louisiana’s is the very worst, according to a new study conducted by WalletHub.com. CDC data shows that 88.1 percent of Americans have access to regular medical care. That said, despite the availability of state health care for most Americans, the quality and cost of those services varies greatly across the country. Depending on the individual state, there is a significant difference in the population’s…

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Governor promises Vermont children’s health insurance won’t suffer from federal cuts

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Phil Scott has acknowledged that the state will now need to cover millions as a result of the federal government. Vermont children’s health insurance will be losing millions of dollars in federal funding due to the federal government. Congress has yet to act in order to offer federal Medicaid funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), leaving states at risk of losing coverage for their youngest residents, or coming up with the funding themselves. According to Phil Scott, kids in low income families in Vermont will not be losing…

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Vermont businesses continue to face challenges when it comes to health insurance

Vermont Health insurance exchanges

Small businesses continue to experience frustration with state’s insurance system Businesses in Vermont have been having some issues with health insurance for the past few years. Vermont is the only state where businesses with 50 or fewer employees must purchase health insurance plans through a specially designed exchange marketplace. The marketplace is meant to serve as an effective and efficient way businesses can provide their employees with insurance coverage, but it has been quite dysfunctional for small companies. A new insurance exchange system could be a costly issue for the…

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Vermont health insurance exchange struggles to overcome problems

Vermont Health insurance exchanges

Audit shows that the state’s insurance exchange still suffers from crippling issues An audit of the Vermont health insurance exchange has shown that there are still serious problems with the state’s exchange marketplace. The exchange, called Vermont Health Connect, has been struggling to overcome some serious issues for the past several months. These issues range from faults in the exchange’s enrollment process and renewal system to security issues that threaten the safety of consumer information. While the audit found that some problems have been resolved, others remain. Gaps in functionality…

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Number of people without health insurance in Vermont is cut in half

Vermont Health insurance exchanges

Many Vermont residents are using the state’s insurance exchange to find coverage The number of people without health insurance in Vermont has been cut in half, according to information released by the state. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin notes that many people have managed to find insurance coverage through the state’s exchange, which has been improved over the past year. During the first open enrollment period, which began in 2013 and ended in early 2014, the state’s insurance exchange suffered from technical issues that made it impossible for many people to…

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Health insurance rates in Vermont are the first in the U.S. to be posted

Vermont Health insurance exchanges

This will let the residents of the state know what they can expect their premiums to be. Vermont has just become the very first state in the country to share what its health insurance rates will be when they begin to use the online exchange in order to purchase their coverage to comply with the “individual mandate”. This gives residents an idea of the rates they’ll pay starting in October when the marketplace opens. The state has released its rate proposals. They aren’t yet set in stone, but at least…

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Vermont licensed more than 40 new captive insurance companies in 2011, expects to license more this year

The Vermont Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration has released new data that shows the state has added 41 new captive insurance companies in 2011. The state is home to more than 590 active captive insurance groups currently, with a total of 952 licensed insurers.2011 was the sixth consecutive year in which Vermont added more than 40 new captives to the market, showing the growing trend of captives in the state’s insurance industry. Captives have always been popular in the insurance business, but more insurance organizations are opting to…

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Research ranks auto insurance premiums by state and finds uninsured increase costs

An online survey conducted by Insure.com, has shown that drivers in Louisiana, Michigan, and Oklahoma pay highest premiums for auto insurance in the country. On the flip side, Vermont had the lowest car insurance rates, according to the same survey. The findings were based on the rates paid every year by single males who are 40 years old and who commute 12 miles every day to work. This profile would generate a rate of $995 in Vermont, but was much higher in some other states. For example, the same person…

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Vermont adopts single-payer health system

The state of Vermont is edging closer to a single-payer health system. The new system would have state residents transition into a publicly funded insurance program that would be responsible for paying hospital bills and other medical expenses. The system has received approval from the state Legislature and is to be built as soon as possible. Vermont is the first state in the U.S. to adopt a single-payer health system. Legislators will have to iron out the specific regulations that will govern the system before anyone can begin using it.…

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Vermont DUI convictions may be in error

Hundreds of DUI convictions, including license suspensions may go back to court or be over-turned completely. Defense attorneys and several counties’ states attorney’s from across Vermont are looking at cases from 2008 to present date that may be thrown out. Human error and oversight in setting up and maintenance of breath analysis machines has been identified as the cause. Results of DUI tests from a DataMaster DMT breath analysis machine at the Vermont State Police station are now under microscopic scrutiny. The state Department of Health was in charge of…

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