FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from the Vermont Democratic Party Wednesday, July 8, 2020 CONTACT: RCDiMezzo@vtdemocrats.org
ICYMI: Phil Scott Blocked Health Care Funding for Working Families; Open to Gutting Medicaid Funding in Block-Granting Scheme
MONTPELIER, VT — For years, the Green Mountain Care Board has been sounding the alarm on the severe lack of funding for Vermont's health care system.
In 2019, Vermont’s health care regulators proposed increasing funding for the state’s Medicaid program. Vermont’s Republican governor, Phil Scott, said he opposed increasing Medicaid funding for working families.
Sadly, this is far from the first time this governor has tried to saddle Vermonters with higher health care costs. If Scott has it his way, children and seniors would fall victim to skyrocketing health care costs and less government aid.
Just last year Scott proposed a new “age rating” system, which would undeniably mean older adults could see their health care costs rise. It’s not enough that older Vermonters are already having to wait for months on end to get access to needed health services -- Phil Scott wants to saddle folks with higher health care costs to boot.
Phil Scott has opposed increasing funding for Medicaid, he’s tried to burden seniors and children with higher health care costs, and to top it all off, he’s indicated his willingness to consider transitioning Vermont’s Medicaid funding into block grant funding -- a Trump administration proposal. He well knows the tremendous burden this move would have on working families: Scott himself has said block grant funding would “raise concerns of adequate funding in the future.” Again, if Scott had it his way funding for Medicaid could be gutted by more than 30 percent.
“GOP Governor Phil Scott could not be more temperamentally different than Donald Trump and other national Republican blow-hards, but his policies of blocking health care funding for those who need it most couldn’t be more similar,” said R. Christopher Di Mezzo, spokesperson for the VDP. “Put plainly, Scott’s Republican policies are bad for Vermont’s health care system and bad for working families, seniors, and kids.”