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OVERVIEW: Vermont law contains no provisions mandating free care at this time.
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Relief by private person or hospital. A 1967 Vermont law requires that, when a person becomes "injured, suddenly taken sick, or lame", and is confined to a house or hospital, the owner of the house or hospital shall be financially responsible for the person until he/she makes a report of the situation to the Department of Social Welfare. Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 33 § 2109(a). Once such a report has been made, responsibility for the person is transferred to the Department. Id. In the case of a hospital, such a report shall be supplemented by a plan or proposed method of collecting from the person. Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 33 § 2109(b).
Report on provision of charity care. A January 2007 report by the Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities, and Health Care Administration (BISHCA) found that, although Vermont had no uniform hospital free care eligibility standards, all Vermont hospitals have free care policies based on residency and income levels, and have a written application process. BISHCA had previously recommended that all hospitals adopt a free care eligibility standard for all individuals at or below 200 percent FPL. Section 29 and 30 of Act 191, An Act Relating to the Health Care Affordability for Vermonters, 2006.