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Top Vermont officials have announced contingency plans under which the federal government could take over the state's health insurance exchange, or there could be a hybrid federal-state system.

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Connecticut is unveiling mobile apps that will give access to the state health insurance exchange on smartphones and tablets.

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After paying $15 million of its $69 million contract, Massachusetts plans on cutting ties with the contractor for its hobbled health care insurance website.

The recommendation was made Monday by Sarah Iselin, who was hired by Gov. Deval Patrick to oversee a fix for the website problems that have plagued the state's transition to the requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act.

The administrators of several state health care exchanges offered an update on the status of enrollments and operations Wednesday afternoon. 

Officials with the administration of Governor Peter Shumlin are defending the performance of the Vermont Health Connect insurance exchange website, saying its performance is improving despite serious technical glitches since its launch October 1st.

Vermont Health Connect — the health care marketplace, or exchange, being set up under the federal Affordable Care Act, has a new toll-free number where people can call to get their questions answered.

The customer support hotline is available nearly a month in advance of the startup date for enrollments in the new health insurance offerings. Vermont Health Connect will formally begin signing people up on Oct. 1 for coverage to take effect on Jan. 1.

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Vermont will become the third state to offer voter registration through its health insurance marketplace later this year.

Vermont will become the third state to offer voter registration through its health insurance marketplace later this year.

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Vermont Health Connect has awarded $2 million in grants to 18 organizations to provide in-person enrollment assistance for the state’s new healthcare exchange.

There was some big news for New York’s uninsured last week.  First, a report was released that examined the characteristics of those upstate New Yorkers who lack health insurance coverage.  Using data obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau, the health insurer Excellus released a profile of those who lacked health insurance in upstate New York.  Here are some of them: