"With talk of repealing health care in the air, I thought it would be a good time to look at a couple New England states going in the opposite direction: Vermont and Connecticut. Both of them are in the midst of designing or recommending alternatives to the private health care market, which could go all the way up to a single payer program.
First, in Connecticut, as Jon Walker described this week, the Board of Directors of SustiNet has put together for the state legislature a concept for a Basic Health program that would cover Connecticut low-income residents who make up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Maria Cantwell put into the Affordable Care Act the option for states to create a Basic Health plan, which operates in a similar way to a public option, providing a higher-level product than the subsidized insurance exchanges, at a lower cost to the individual and the government. The Connecticut Post has a story today about this plan."