Gov. Phil Scott and lawmakers reached agreement on a budget and teacher health care deal that makes good on the promise of fiscal restraint in Vermont.
A handful of health insurance companies, from Blue Cross Blue Shield to smaller state-specific Obamacare insurance providers like ConnectiCare, are asking for premium increases of 20 percent or higher for the fiscal year 2018.
Some 35,000 people purchasing insurance on the Obamacare exchanges in 45 counties across the U.S. could have no insurance providers to choose from in 2018.
Rutland area school superintendents haven’t taken an official stance on Gov. Phil Scott’s plan for a statewide health care plan for all teachers, but they say the idea offers wide-ranging benefits.
“The teachers are asking for 100 percent,” Patrick Healy, chair of the Twinfield Union School Board, told True North.
The House and Senate formally adjourned the 2017 session late Thursday evening after finishing up a final budget expected to be vetoed by Republican Gov. Phil Scott.
The stalemate between the governor and lawmakers over teachers health care negotiations continues, even as many at the Statehouse are ready for the extended session to adjourn.
Legislators are returning to the Statehouse for an extended two-day session Wednesday and Thursday as Gov. Phil Scott has doubled-down on his proposal to have teacher health care negotiations take place at the state level.
Gov. Phil Scott wants to reshape how teacher healthcare contracts are negotiated, having them done at the state level rather than the supervisory union level. He says this initiative could save the state $26 million.