All Vermonters have Access to High Quality Health Care
Vermonters have Access to High Quality Health Care
Vermonters Have Access to and Coverage for High Quality Health Care
All Vermonters have fair and just opportunities to be healthy
Vulnerable Vermonters are Protected
All Vermonters have access to healthcare and physical, mental, and substance use prevention services
Equitable Access: Vermonters have access to programs, services, and supports in healthcare, childcare, nutrition, and transportation
Vermonters are Healthy
Outcome Demo Name
% of adults age 18-64 with health insurance
Story Behind the Curve
Updated: February 2023
Author: Planning Unit, Vermont Department of Health
Our goal is to have 100% of adult Vermonters with adequate health insurance. In 2010, only 9% of Vermonters were uninsured, compared to 17% nationally (2008, HP2020 goals). Many more were under-insured with only catastrophic health insurance coverage.
The state wide rate of insurance coverage for those 18-64 reached an all time high of 96% in 2018. Though it has dropped slightly in recent years, the rate of insured adults in Vermont remains high.
For me details on insurance coverage in Vermont see additional data from the Vermont Household Insurance Survey.
Why Is This Important?
This indicator is part of an important set of indicators included in state-level reporing requirements for Act 186. This act was passed by the Vermont Legislature in 2014 to quantify how well State government is working to achieve the population-level outcomes which the Legislature sets for Vermont’s quality of life. These data assist the Legislature in determining how best to invest taxpayer dollars. The Vermont Department of Health and the Agency of Human Services report this information annually. You can find these and related reports on the Vermont Chief Performance Office page.
Having adequate health insurance coverage can reduce barriers to quality health care and may even improve an individual’s health. A key component of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) is that anyone with an insurance plan is now guaranteed access to many preventive services that were rarely covered under catastrophic health insurance plans of the past and very expensive if paid out of pocket.
Vermont Health Connect, the ACA-funded online Health Insurance Exchange is operated by the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA). DVHA also contracts with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Free Clinics and other provider practices to employ Navigators and Assistors. These staff members work with Vermonters who are enrolling or re-enrolling in commercial and publicly funded health insurance plans.
Vermont’s State Office of Rural Health & Primary Care (SORH/PCO) provides an annual grant to the Vermont Free Clinics to help support operations of 9 free clinics around the state. While some of these clinics provide free medical and/or dental care to uninsured patients, all clinics act as Navigators or Assistors to enroll uninsured Vermonters into Medicaid or commercial health insurance plans through Vermont Health Connect. This annual grant to clinics is funded out of Vermont’s 1115 Medicaid waiver, known as Global Commitment.
Similar to statewide efforts, local partners are using data to drive local strategy. For regional data on access to health indicators, check out our Public Health Data Explorer.
Notes on Methodology
Data is updated as it becomes available and timing may vary by data source.