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.”
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