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Tax on Health Plans to support HIE

Posted Apr 09 2009 6:09pm

I just read that Vermont has a quarterly tax on health plans to support their HIE efforts and RHIOs.  I' m not typically one for additional taxes, but this one seems like it will help address the accrual of benefits issue -- at least in Vermont. 

I' d also suggest that any payments or contributions to an HIE by a health plan could be a deduction from taxes.

My hope is that the health plans step forward and take a more active and engaged role in supporting HIEs in 2009.

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