Press Release

State-federal Medicaid deal covers 200K Vermonters

Governor Phil Scott has announced a Medicaid agreement with the federal government “cementing Vermont’s role as a national leader in health care innovation,” a statement from the governor’s office said.

The Global Commitment demonstration increases Vermonters’ access to health care services, strengthens the health care system, and supports health care providers recovering from disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agreement, which begins July 1 and extends for five and half years, provides Medicaid coverage to 200,000 Vermonters and grants Vermont flexibility in its use of federal Medicaid dollars. This funding is critical to the State’s goal to build a more accessible, equitable, and coordinated system of care.

“Under this agreement, we can make sure Vermont’s Medicaid program really meets the needs of Vermonters,” said Governor Scott. “We will continue to lead the country in giving people access to health care, supporting providers, and offering programs that care for the whole person, including mental health and housing needs.”

The pandemic revealed gaps in the health care system nationally and in Vermont, providing a unique opportunity to improve how health care is delivered. Vermont has one of the oldest – and healthiest – populations in the country.

The new agreement includes:

  • More Dollars for Innovation in Vermont’s Health Care System. The new agreement grants Vermont the ability to spend 32% more than before for public health programs and services addressing social factors that influence health.
  • Flexibility to Adjust Provider Rates. The state has flexibility to adjust provider rates so that they can continue to provide needed services to Vermonters. 
  • Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatment. Vermont is the first state in the nation able to use Medicaid funds to expand access to substance use treatment services for individuals whose income is above Medicaid limits.
  • Sustainable Support for the Lund Home. Vermont is the first state to obtain Medicaid funding for maternal health and treatment services offered in a residential facility.
  • Access to Supportive Housing. Vermont obtained approval to implement a pilot program that will help people covered by Medicaid secure and maintain housing based on their needs.
  • Strengthening Data Sharing. Mental health, substance use, and long-term services providers will have access to health information technology funding for tools to manage and improve Vermonters’ health.

“This agreement is vital for Vermonters, regardless of what type of insurance they have, or if they are uninsured,” said Jenney Samuelson, the Secretary of the Agency of Human Services. “Vermont continues to expand access to health care coverage and to ensure Vermonters can access health care services in their homes and communities.”

For more resources:

Vermont Health Connect

Choices For Care

Community Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs

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  1. This is quite comprehensive and concerning. I didn’t know that health care via Medicaid included access to housing. Seeing that there is about 550k people living in Vermont, this means that over one third of the population is on Medicaid alone, never mind the rest of the entitlement programs in the state, such as free lunches for all school children, food stamps, heating assistance programs, subsidized day-care and the list goes on and on. How is this sustainable? From my perspective this is socialism.

    • You got it….Make the public as reliant upon the government as is possible. Also, as per the information within the article itself –

      1.) If you ALREADY have health insurance, WHY would you NEED to be on Medicaid????

      2.) Vermont already had the highest percentage of people covered by health insurance to begin with, so WHY are the feds and the state via my tax money going to subsidize these people???

      WTH???????????????

      Any answers Boy from Brooklyn & RINO governor?????????????????

    • CJ a quick google gave me this figure 626,299 (2018), and one wonders where are the figures from the 2020 census?? Still your 100% CORRECT in your view of the sizeable % getting a chunk of our tax dollars……..and medicaid…..thats our tax dollar too. So very often when I am talking to people (I think I’m not doing that anymore!!) they speak of “federal funds” as funds come from our government…..I ALWAYS point out….That $ is our tax dollars paid in……the bigger it gets the more is taken….and another issue often comes up with parents of young children…..they have NO CLUE whats being presented as education in schools…..

  2. Oh and by the way…..I’m SURE this “free” (“free, free, everything is free” says the Brooklyn boy) health insurance, free housing, free food, etc. – but of course INCLUDES illegal immigrants!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh, but of course………..it’s “free”!!!

    Poor Vermont. In five years, we will be totally destroyed with only multi-millionaires & billionaires here and the rest in all the towns where they don’t want to live or even step foot in – impoverished, government & drug addicted “peons”.

  3. Oh and by the way…..I’m SURE this “free” (“free, free, everything is free” says the Brooklyn boy) health insurance, free housing, free food, etc. – but of course INCLUDES illegal immigrants!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh, but of course………..it’s “free”!!!

    Poor Vermont. In five years, we will be totally destroyed with only multi-millionaires & billionaires here and the rest in all the towns where they don’t want to live or even step foot in – impoverished, government & drug addicted “peons”.

  4. I had a blue cross silver plan prior to shumlin’s single payer was paying around $125/month, was young and didnt really use it but liked the security. In 2014 i started working for myself and my income on paper went down as i would purchase assets near end of year to reduce tax burden. Because my income was reduced i was informed i qualified for medicaid. I told bluecross i didnt like the idea of being on medicaid and wanted to keep my silver plan. They said i could but because I qualified for medicaid to keep my silver plan my principle would increase to $650/month, which i couldn’t afford. Regrettably and with a sense of shame i opted for the medicaid. Didnt really have much of a choice. Years later, after many arguments with folks regarding the dangers of socialism and a welfare state that always ended with, “well you’re on medicaid!”, i decided i wanted to cancel my medicaid and go without insurance, rolling the dice out of principle. I called green mountain Healthcare (medicaid) and they told me it was illegal to cancel my plan because we were in a pandemic. I asked when that would end and they said, “well, when people stop wearing masks and stuff.” Years later, i still am not legally allowed to cancel my plan. This is soooo wrong and is my personal evidence of the government promoting a welfare state ensuring the preservation of their power over the people and justification for their existance. The only good government is a small government.

  5. Thank you James for sharing your story so very important. People need to check the legal language around their contractual obligations around Medicaid. For example, I have a coworker who used to live in Maine and when she received benefits, there was a clause that stated that upon the money you received has to be paid back. The state can leverage real estate. No wonder why they do not want to remove people from Medicaid.

  6. Appears this is a government (taxpayer funded) sponsored “gotcha plan.” They want you on the hook, dependent, subject to their rules and demands, you will be tracked and monitored, you will be a data point for more government spending. A life of forever under government control. For decades, Vermont is known as a welfare State and this “programming” ensures it will go on and on.

  7. All the “free money” that has been flowing around since the COVID came along still has wet ink and is the main driver for the inflation problems…Yes, Dementia-Joe, the INFLATION PROBLEMS.

    • Weren’t two of the three major COVID stimulus plans enacted by the Trump administration. I mean if they were not, tell me. Or if they had no inflationary effect let me know why?

  8. I didn’t see the comment to not include Trump’s stimulus payments, as I the statement the author inferred to all COVID money. The writer’s comment about Biden is referencing the fact that he will not acknowledge that there is a recession, which has been significantly impacted not only by COVID-19 spending but also by Biden’s policies and endless spending. He is also sending rediculous amounts of money to Ukraine and other countries to support equity. All on the taxpayers.

  9. “We will continue to lead the country in giving people access to health care, supporting providers, and offering programs that care for the whole person, including mental health and housing needs.”
    STUNNING……We know this has been an ongoing with our tax dollars; this is more of the same. I am so darn tired of the give give give with NO requirement in return……the grapevine is come to Vermont, for housing, meds, food, transportation, doc, dentist, podiatrist…..you name it….I’ve seen it ….oh my oh my……

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