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Vermont Group Suggests Health Care Subsidy

A group of health care advocates is urging the Legislature to create a special state subsidy when Vermont's subsidized health care program is shut down in 2014.

That's when the roughly 10,000 residents enrolled in Catamount Health will need to buy their coverage through a newly created market place exchange.

Peter Sterling of the Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security tells Vermont Public Radio he's concerned. He said the federal subsidies that will be available through the exchange are not as good as the existing Catamount coverage.

Robin Lunge, director of health care reform for the Shumlin administration, said the out-of-pocket maximum would adversely affect a small group of people. But she said her office is looking at ways to address the issue in next year's budget.

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