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Vermont health care regulators have approved rate increases for people covered by the state's online health benefit exchange known as Vermont Health Connect.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont has agreed to trim its request for a rate increase for consumers who get health coverage through the Vermont Health Connect insurance exchange.

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The organization that regulates health care in Vermont says the two providers offering health insurance through the state health exchange are seeking rate increases.

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The two health insurance companies offering coverage through the Vermont state health exchange want to raise their rates for people and small businesses.

Fletcher Allen Seeks 4.9 Percent Budget Increase

Aug 5, 2013
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Vermont's largest hospital is seeking approval to increase its budget by nearly 5 percent.

The Burlington Free Press reports that Fletcher Allen Health Care wants to raise an additional $44 million next year to cover operating expenses and new health reform initiatives, add 282 full-time positions and begin planning for a new building.

The proposals have been submitted to the Green Mountain Care Board, which has set a 3 percent cap on the budget growth it allows for hospitals. Hearings are set for Aug. 27-29.

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A Burlington businessman is taking over as chair of the Green Mountain Care Board.

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A group of physicians opposed to Vermont’s move to create a single-payer health care system is warning that planned changes could drive practitioners out of the state.

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An article in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine is praising Vermont's efforts to redesign its health care system, saying Vermont can provide a roadmap for other states.

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State officials say Vermont will be the first state to see health insurers announce proposed rates that will be offered under the health insurance exchange being set up to comply with the federal health overhaul.

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Vermont's Green Mountain Care Board is looking at what the effects might be on the state's health care system if hospitals and other providers switch from nonprofit to for-profit status.

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