Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis


Political Science

Thesis Type

Honors College, College of Arts and Science Honors

First Advisor

Eileen Burgin


Abstract: The implementation of Vermont’s state health exchange has been at the forefront of political debate in the Green Mountain State since the passage of Act No. 48 in 2011. This paper addresses the ways in which federal legislation under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), spurred the development of Vermont’s own state-based exchange. It identifies the objectives that policymakers put forth during development and assesses whether or not these goals have been met. The paper offers insight into the future prospects of Vermont Health Connect (VHC) under both new gubernatorial and presidential administrations. In addition to secondary source research, this analysis draws on informational interviews conducted with leading health care reform policymakers in Vermont, as well as reports to the Vermont General Assembly.

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