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Forum to Discuss Single-Payer Health Care System

March 28, 2011

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT—Vermont Law School will host a community forum Saturday to discuss how proposals in the Vermont Legislature will affect Vermonters' access to affordable health care.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the South Royalton School. Breakfast and lunch will be served. The event is sponsored by the VLS chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

The forum will explore calls for a statewide, publicly funded health insurance to be set up by the middle of the decade. Bills before the House and Senate propose a universal health care program by making Green Mountain Care available to every Vermonter. The bill first would have the state comply with last year's federal health reform law by creating a health insurance marketplace that would let people comparison shop for health insurance. The House bill has passed committee and the Senate bill is in committee.

Panelists will include Steve Kimbell, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration; state Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, D-Orange County; and Peg Franzen, president of the Vermont Workers' Center.

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