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Vermont health officials cite unknowns of GOP reform plan

March 10, 2017 06:05 PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont's top health care experts say the current version of the Republican-led plan to repeal the Obama-era health care system could cost the state's Medicaid program up to $200 million in federal funds in 2020.

Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille and others said Friday that the changes would also eliminate federal subsidies for health insurance premiums and replace them with tax credits.

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Gobeille and others worry the plan being considered could increase the number of people in Vermont without health insurance, but there are many unknowns.

He says there are many ways the existing Affordable Care Act could be improved and he worries that the changes being discussed in Congress could miss what he calls "a tremendous opportunity" to enhance the existing system.

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