Roll Call! House Rejects Amendment Permitting Association Health Insurance (50-87), 2019

in the State House of Representatives
on March 28, 2019, by a vote of
Purpose:  After a federal policy shift in 2018 gave Vermonters the freedom to purchase health insurance (association plans) outside the scope of Vermont’s centralized healthcare, the legislature moved to curb the practice. The bill’s original language called for an end of employer association health plans by January 2020, in order to move covered employees toward Vermont’s healthcare “exchange.”
The Harrison Amendment would extend the period of time for which Vermont employers can offer their employees “association health insurance plans” by one year, at which point legislators would review how feasible association plans are.
Analysis: Those voting YES contend that association plans do not attract healthier than average individuals, thus having no discernible impact on the premiums which Vermonters on the exchange would pay. As such, an additional year of association plan data would allow the amendment’s supporters to prove their point. If there is no impact on exchange premiums, association plans should be allowed to co-exist with Vermont’s exchange.
Moreover, without the amendment, this law could be used to void contracts between consenting employee groups. More time with the option of association plans makes all eligible individuals better off. This healthy competition would encourage the exchange to enter into healthy competition with private association plans, potentially lowering premiums for both in the long run.  If the bill passes without this amendment, Vermont will become one of three states to severely curtail association plans, potentially scaring off skilled, out of state workers.Those voting NO believe association health insurance plans do not have proper oversight. They believe that healthy Vermonters with the option of association plans tend to stay away from the Vermont’s exchange. This raises premiums for those left in the exchange, and makes the mandate of universal healthcare coverage cost-prohibitive.
As Recorded in the House Journal, Thursday, March 28, 2019: (Read the Journal, p. 712-713)

How They Voted

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Janet Ancel (D – Calais) – NO
Peter Anthony (D – Barre) – NO
Sarita Austin (D – Colchester) – NO
Robert Bancroft (R – Westford) – YES
John Bartholomew (D – Hartland) – NO
Lynn Batchelor (R – Derby) – YES
Christopher Bates (D – Bennington) – NO
Scott Beck (R – St. Johnsbury) – YES
Matthew Birong (D – Vergennes) – NO
Thomas Bock (D – Chester) – NO
Patrick Brennan (R – Colchester) – YES
Timothy Briglin (D – Thetford) – NO
Nelson Brownell (D – Pownal) – YES
Cynthia Browning (D – Arlington) – NO
Jessica Brumsted (D – Shelburne) – NO
Thomas Burditt(R – West Rutland) – YES
Mollie Burke(P – Brattleboro) – NO
Scott Campbell (D – St. Johnsbury) – NO
William Canfield (R – Fair Haven) – YES
James Carroll (D – Bennington) – NO
Seth Chase (D – Colchester) – NO
Robin Chesnut-Tangerman (P – Middletown Springs) – NO
Annmarie Christensen (D – Weathersfield) – NO
Kevin “Coach” Christie (D – Hartford) – ABSENT
Brian Cina (P – Burlington) – NO
Sara Coffey (D – Guilford) – NO
Selene Colburn (P – Burlington) – NO
Hal Colston (D – Winooski) – NO
Peter Conlon (D – Cornwall) – NO
Charles Conquest (D – Newbury) – NO
Sarah Copeland-Hanzas (D – Bradford) – ABSENT
Timothy Corcoran (D – Bennington) – YES
Mari Cordes (D/P – Lincoln) – NO
Lawrence Cupoli (R – Rutland) – YES
Carl Demrow (D – Corinth) – NO
Eileen Dickinson (R – St. Albans) – YES
Kari Dolan (D – Waitsfield) – NO
Anne Donahue (R – Northfield) –ABSENT
Johannah Donovan (D – Burlington) – NO
David Durfee (D – Shaftsbury) – NO
Caleb Elder (D – Starksboro) – NO
Alice Emmons (D – Springfield) – NO
Peter Fagan (R – Rutland) – YES
Charen Fegard (D – Berkshire) – ABSENT
Martha Feltus (R – Lyndon) – YES
Robert Forguites (D – Springfield) – ABSENT
Marianna Gamache (R – Swanton) – YES
John Gannon (D – Wilmington) – ABSENT
Marcia Gardner (D – Richmond) – NO
Dylan Giambatista (D – Essex) – NO
Diana Gonzalez (P – Winooski) – ABSENT
Kenneth Goslant (R – Northfield) – YES
Maxine Grad (D – Moretown) – NO
Rodney Graham (R – Williamstown) – YES
James Gregoire (R – Fairfield) – YES
Sandy Haas (P – Rochester) – NO
Lisa Hango (R – Birkshire) – YES
James Harrison (R – Chittenden) – YES
Nader Hashim (D – Dummerston) – NO
Robert Helm (R – Fair Haven) – YES
Mark Higley (R – Lowell) – YES
Matthew Hill (D – Wolcott) – NO
Robert Hooper (D – Burlington) – ABSENT
Philip Hooper (D – Montpelier) – NO
Mary Hooper (D – Randolph) – NO
Lori Houghton (D – Essex) – NO
Mary Howard (D – Rutland) – ABSENT
Kathleen James (D – Manchester) – NO
Stephanie Jerome (D – Brandon) – NO
Kimberly Jessup (D – Middlesex) – NO
Benjamin Jickling (I – Randolph) – YES
Mitzi Johnson (D – Grand Isle) – PRESIDING
John Killacky (D – S. Burlington) – NO
Charles Kimbell (D – Woodstock) – NO
Warren Kitzmiller (D – Montpelier) – NO
Emilie Kornheiser (D – Brattleboro) – NO



Jill Krowinski (D – Burlington) – NO

Robert LaClair (R – Barre) – YES
Martin LaLonde (D – S. Burlington) – NO
Diane Lanpher (D – Vergennes) – NO
Paul Lefebvre (R – Newark) – YES
Felisha Leffler (R – Enosburgh) – YES
William Lippert (D – Hinesburg) – ABSENT
Emily Long (D – Newfane) – NO
Terence Macaig (D – Williston) – NO
Michael Marcotte (R – Coventry) – YES
Marcia Martel (R – Waterford) – YES
James Masland (D – Thetford) – NO
Christopher Mattos (R – Milton) – YES
Michael McCarthy (D – St. Albans) – NO
Curtis McCormack (D – Burlington) – NO
Patricia McCoy (R – Poultney) – YES
James McCullough (D – Williston) – NO
Francis McFaun (R – Barre) – YES
Leland Morgan (R – Milton) – YES
Mary Morrissey (R – Bennington) – YES
Michael Mrowicki (D – Putney) – NO
Barbara Murphy (I – Fairfax) – YES
Linda Myers (R – Essex) – YES
Logan Nicoll (D – Ludlow) – NO
Terry Norris (I – Shoreham) – YES
William Notte (D – Rutland) – YES
Daniel Noyes (D – Wolcott) – NO
John O’Brien (D – Tunbridge) – NO
Carol Ode (D – Burlington) – NO
Jean O’Sullivan (D – Burlington) – NO
Woodman Page (R – Newport) – YES
Kelly Pajala (I – Londonderry) – YES
John Palasik (R – Milton) – YES
Carolyn Partridge (D – Windham) – NO
Avram Patt (D – Worcester) – NO
David Potter (D – Clarendon) – NO
Ann Pugh (D – S. Burlington) – NO
Constance Quimby (R – Concord) – YES
Barbara Rachelson (D – Burlington) – NO
Zachariah Ralph (P – Hartland) – ABSENT
Marybeth Redmond (D – Essex) – NO
Lucy Rogers (D – Waterville) – NO
Carl Rosenquist (R – Georgia) – YES
Brian Savage (R – Swanton) – YES
Robin Scheu (D – Middlebury) – NO
Heidi Scheuermann (R – Stowe) – YES
Patrick Seymour (R – Sutton) – YES
Charles “Butch” Shaw (R – Pittsford) – YES
Amy Sheldon (D – Middlebury) – NO
Laura Sibilia (I – Dover) – YES
Brian Smith (R – Derby) – YES
Harvey Smith (R – New Haven) – YES
Trevor Squirrell (D – Underhill) – NO
Thomas Stevens (D – Waterbury) –  NO
Vicki Strong (R – Albany) – YES
Linda Joy Sullivan (D – Burlington) – NO
Mary Sullivan (D – Dorset) – NO
Randall Szott (D – Barnard) – NO
Curt Taylor (D – Colchester) – NO
Thomas Terenzini (R – Rutland) – YES
George Till (D – Jericho) – NO
Tristan Toleno (D – Brattleboro) – NO
Catherine Toll (D – Danville) – NO
Casey Toof (R – St. Albans) – YES
Maida Townsend (D – South) – NO
Matthew Trieber (D – Rockingham) – NO
Joseph “Chip” Troiano (D – Stannard) – NO
Tommy Walz (D – Barre) – NO
Kathryn Webb (D – Shelburne) – NO
Rebecca White (D – Hartford) – NO
Theresa Wood (D – Waterbury) – ABSENT
David Yacovone (D – Morristown) – NO
Michael Yantachka (D – Charlotte) – NO
Samuel Young (D – Greensboro) – NO

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