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Health Care in Vermont: Support for Universal Coverage

Health care costs concern residents of Vermont, a state with one of the highest rates of health insurance coverage in the nation. Although nine in ten Vermonters (88%) have some kind of health care coverage, benefits covered vary greatly, with large percentages of Vermont residents being without coverage for vision, dental, and prescriptions. Residents likely to be without comprehensive coverage include young adults (age 18-34), older adults (age 65+), and those employed part time.

This report presents findings from a June 2005 AARP survey of Vermont residents on the issue of health care insurance coverage. Findings from this survey include mounting concern among Vermonters about health care affordability and strong support for universal health care coverage:

  • Three-quarters of residents are worried about having to pay more for their health care and more than half are worried about not being able to afford the prescription drugs or the health care services they need.

  • More than eight in ten agree that all Vermonters should have access to the same basic health care coverage, and nearly as many think that everyone, including employers, employees, and the government should contribute to a system so that everyone can have the same basic health care coverage.

The survey was conducted for AARP by Alan Newman Research (ANR). In June 2005, ANR completed 1,000 interviews with adults age 18 and older living in Vermont. The report was written by Katherine Bridges, AARP Knowledge Management, who may be contacted for more information at 202-434-6329. (27 pages)

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