VBSR supports universal access to health care that is accessible and affordable. By reforming our health care system, Vermont could take a leadership role in business attraction, retention, and success.
VBSR Health Care Reform Petition
In May 2011, Vermont passed Act 48, putting the state on the path to a universal health care system. Reform is still underway and the Vermont Legislature will face a number of major health care policy questions over the next several years.
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility believes the state can no longer depend on employer-sponsored insurance as its backbone. Since 1992, VBSR has argued that health care is an economic development issue. The fact that our businesses have coped with double-digit increases in health care premiums almost annually is proof. We call for de-coupling health insurance from employment and for public financing based on ability to pay.
We urge our elected officials to recommit to Act 48, which states: “The purpose of Green Mountain Care is to provide, as a public good, comprehensive, affordable, high-quality, publicly financed health care coverage for all Vermont residents in a seamless and equitable manner regardless of income, assets, health status, or availability of other health coverage.” (33 V.S.A. § 1821)