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Vermont House supporting bill to preserve health care

March 30, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House is supporting a plan that would preserve many of the provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act in the state, even if the federal health care law is overturned.

A bill that passed Thursday would prohibit insurers from excluding people with preexisting conditions or making Vermonters share the costs of preventative services. It would also allow adult children to remain on their parents’ health insurance plans until age 26, as federal law allows today.

The Burlington Free Press reports it would also remove the financial incentive for small businesses to band together to buy health insurance in an arrangement known as an association health plan.

The House passed-bill would not impose any financial penalty on Vermonters who lack health insurance.