Vermont Officials Will Choose Among 3 Health Packages

A top Vermont health official says the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin is zeroing in on what sort of benefit package to offer in a new health insurance marketplace to be launched in 2014, and has narrowed the field to three finalists.

Robin Lunge, director of health care reform for the administration, says she expects a state board will choose as soon as March 1 a benefit package that matches one of three widely offered in the private health insurance market today.

She adds that it will cover some things current plans don’t, including dental and vision care for children.

After a benefit package is firmed up, the next project will be for the state to determine the financing for the single-payer system Shumlin wants to create.