Universal primary care bill moves forward

March 02, 2018


By Mike Faher

Legislators on Friday took a small but significant step toward establishing universal, publicly financed primary health care in Vermont.

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee unanimously approved S.53, which would set in motion several years of work toward creating a primary care system that would take effect in 2022.

The bill does not mandate creation of such a system. Instead, it orders detailed planning and analysis, and lays out a long list of conditions — including the development of “appropriate financing” — that must be met.....continue on site