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All Vermonters have Access to High Quality Health Care

Vermonters have Access to High Quality Health Care

All Vermonters have fair and just opportunities to be healthy

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Equitable Access: Vermonters have access to programs, services, and supports in healthcare, childcare, nutrition, and transportation

% of children age 17 and younger with health insurance

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Story Behind the Curve

Last updated: February 2023

Author: Planning Unit, Vermont Deparment of Health

Virtually all Vermont children have health insurance and this proportion has been steady in the last 10years. Current rates are around 98% due to expanded Medicaid and Dr. Dynasaur coverage.

With 98% of Vermont children covered by health insurance, the challenge is finding the remaining children and families and getting them to enroll in affordable coverage.

See more information in the Vermont Household Health Insurance Survey Report.

Why Is This Important?

This indicator is part of Healthy Vermonters 2020 (the State Health Assessment) that documents the health status of Vermonters at the start of the decade and the population health indicators and goals that will guide the work of public health through 2020. See the Department of Health Performance Scorecards for more information.

Act 186 was passed by the Vermont Legislature in 2014 to quantify how well State government is working to achieve the population-level outcomes the Legislature sets for Vermont’s quality of life. It will assist the Legislature in determining how best to invest taxpayer dollars. This information is reported by the Vermont Agency of Administration annually. You can find out more on the website of the Vermont Chief Performance Office.


The Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA): the Dr. Dynasaur program provides low-cost or free health coverage for children, teenagers under age 19 and pregnant women.

What Works

Expanded Medicaid and Dr. Dynasaur provide ensure nearly universal health coverage for children of low income families.


Health Department direct service programs encourage Medicaid enrollment when identifying uninsured children and families.

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. U.S. Census American Community Survey data can be found on the ACS website.

Find more information about health insurance coverage in Vermont in the Vermont Household Health Insurance Survey Report.

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