Vermont's 2016 agenda to be dominated by Medicaid, all-payer reform, universal primary care

January 02, 2016

Vermont's biggest issue in 2016 will be how to pay for a growing gap between Medicaid spending and the state’s share of the cost. The Medicaid gap in the 2016 fiscal year is between $30 million and $40 million, and the state faces another gap of $50 million to $60 million in fiscal year 2017, according to VTDigger. The Shumlin administration attributes the cost increases to an influx of new Medicaid patients in the program, many of whom were previously uninsured. Legislators also want to evaluate the efficacy of the all-payer model, and are also calling for an audit of the state's healthcare exchange.