Health Care Exchange

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The healthcare exchange in Vermont is facing a new round of criticism. A new federal audit assessing the first six months of operations of Vermont Health Connect found it failed to meet a series of federal requirements designed to ensure that people who sought insurance through the system were qualified to receive it.  Administrators of the beleaguered system say significant progress has been made in the intervening two years and critics are curious why the federal audit doesn’t provide more current information.

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This past weekend Vermont upgraded its health care exchange system.  State officials say the updates were successful, but critics continue to question the long term viability of the state-run exchange.

A new survey finds that many small businesses in Vermont are not signing up for the health care exchange.

Vermont Republicans want the deadline for small businesses to sign up for the state health insurance exchange delayed. They have also asked the Vermont federal prosecutor's office to investigate possible fraud by the software company in charge of the designing the exchange.

The Department of Vermont Health Access upgraded its health care exchange website this week, enabling it to bill individual and family customers.

The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce hosted an informational forum on the upcoming changes in health insurance this morning.

The board overseeing efforts to overhaul Vermont's health insurance system has begun reviewing the rates customers will be expected to pay under the Vermont Health Connect exchange.

Implementation of health care exchanges, a key facet of the Affordable Care Act, is being delayed in states where the federal government is controlling them. The move is not expected to affect Vermont’s rollout of its state controlled system.

Vermonters who plan to seek health insurance through the federal Affordable Care Act can now begin to make choices about the coverage they want.

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and administration health officials outlined progress the state has made in its efforts to launch Vermont Health Connect - its version of the federally mandated healthcare exchange. The administration also announced that one of the leaders of the state’s move to a single-payer system is leaving.

When it comes to federal money to help states set up health care exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, you might expect that California would rank first and New York second. But here's a surprise: Vermont ranks number 3.

A group of health care advocates is urging the Legislature to create a special state subsidy when Vermont's subsidized health care program is shut down in 2014.

That's when the roughly 10,000 residents enrolled in Catamount Health will need to buy their coverage through a newly created market place exchange.

Peter Sterling of the Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security tells Vermont Public Radio he's concerned. He said the federal subsidies that will be available through the exchange are not as good as the existing Catamount coverage.

The state of Vermont is getting a $104.4 million federal grant to continue the process of setting up a health benefits exchange, a key part of state and federal health care reform efforts.

The money will be used to develop information technology, business and outreach operations that will be part of the state's exchange.

Vermont is on target to meet the federal schedule and begin enrolling people in the exchange in October 2013.