In a rare move, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will address legislators Tuesday ahead of his State of the State address.
At issue -- the troubled rollout of Vermont's health exchange. The governor is expected to answer questions from members of the House and Senate Health Care Committees shortly after the legislature's ceremonial open. He's expected to discuss challenges with the exchange and what lawmakers can expect in the coming months.
House Speaker Shap Smith says he welcomes the different format. "It is unusual but I think it is actually a great thing -- it gives people an opportunity to hear from the Governor in a more intimate setting and gives some chance for some back and forth," Smith said.
Department of Health Access Commissioner Mark Larson is expected to address the House Health committee later in the afternoon. Legislators in the House and the Senate have multiple bills dealing with health care, ranging from one which aims to eliminate the individual mandate, to another calling for Vermont to increase subsidies for lower earners.