My name is Amy Lester and I am a small business owner after spending the last 15 years in public service. I recently attended a public forum the Green Mountain Care Board hosted reviewing Blue Cross and MVP’s requests to raise their rates for next year’s Vermont Health Connect plans.

Since then, the board has approved rate hikes of 12.4% (Blue Cross) and 10.1% (MVP). For Blue Cross plans, rates will now have risen over 50% in just six years. Has anyone in Vermont (besides the CEOs of these companies) seen their wages rise 50%?

How are Vermonters supposed to access health care with these extravagant health care costs? If we want a healthy society that has access to good employment (which I am trying to provide), the Vermont Legislature needs to get back to business in January and implement the universal health care law, Act 48, passed in 2011. As long as private insurers, who look at profit versus public health, are doing business here, we will continue to see these rate hikes.

It’s time for the Legislature to step up and do the jobs they were elected to do — fight for the health and welfare of Vermonters, not put money in the pockets of out-of-state health insurance executives.

Amy Lester


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