03.25.10

Comment On The Senate's Passage of The Health and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010

"Today, the Senate completed the next step in reforming our nation’s health insurance system by passing a series of improvements to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

We should all support these improvements.  They include closing the Medicare “donut hole,” making coverage more affordable, and creating a more equitable distribution of Medicaid reimbursements to states like Vermont that have acted early on reform.  I worked with Senate and House Leadership to ensure Vermont and other “early leader” states were treated fairly under the Medicaid expansion.  As a result Vermont will receive over $100 million in the next ten years and eventual parity with all states for Vermont’s reimbursement rate for certain Medicaid-eligible individuals.  Vermont did the right thing in expanding health care coverage, and will now be rewarded for having done so.   

For decades, America has had some of the best health care in the world, but only for those who can afford it.  Millions of families in Vermont and across the nation will no longer be priced out of health care.  Reforming the health insurance system has been talked about for decades.  I am proud of our President and of our country for proving that change is possible when a pressing national interest is at stake."

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