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Title 33 : Human Services

Chapter 018 : PUBLIC-PRIVATE UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

Subchapter 001 : Vermont Health Benefit Exchange

(Cite as: 33 V.S.A. § 1812)
  • § 1812. Financial assistance to individuals

    (a)(1) An individual or family eligible for federal premium tax credits under 26 U.S.C. § 36B with income less than or equal to 300 percent of federal poverty level shall be eligible for premium assistance from the State of Vermont.

    (2) The Department of Vermont Health Access shall establish a premium schedule on a sliding scale based on modified adjusted gross income for the individuals and families described in subdivision (1) of this subsection. The Department shall reduce the premium contribution for these individuals and families by 1.5 percent below the premium amount established in 26 U.S.C. § 36B.

    (3) Premium assistance shall be available for the same qualified health benefit plans for which federal premium tax credits are available.

    (b)(1) An individual or family with income at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level shall be eligible for cost-sharing assistance, including a reduction in the out-of-pocket maximums established under Section 1402 of the Affordable Care Act.

    (2) The Department of Vermont Health Access shall establish cost-sharing assistance on a sliding scale based on modified adjusted gross income for the individuals and families described in subdivision (1) of this subsection. Cost-sharing assistance shall be established as follows:

    (A) for households with income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL): 94 percent actuarial value;

    (B) for households with income above 150 percent FPL and at or below 200 percent FPL: 87 percent actuarial value;

    (C) for households with income above 200 percent FPL and at or below 250 percent FPL: 77 percent actuarial value;

    (D) for households with income above 250 percent FPL and at or below 300 percent FPL: 73 percent actuarial value.

    (3) Cost-sharing assistance shall be available for silver-level qualified health benefit plans purchased through the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange and shall be administered using the same methods as set forth in Section 1402 of the Affordable Care Act to the extent practicable.

    (c) To the extent feasible, the Department shall use the same mechanisms provided in the Affordable Care Act to establish financial assistance under this section in order to minimize confusion and complication for individuals, families, and health insurers. (Added 2013, No. 50, § E.307.1, eff. Oct. 1, 2013; amended 2015, No. 23, § 54; 2017, No. 88 (Adj. Sess.), § 4, eff. Feb. 20, 2018.)