Vermont Health Connect

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Federal investigators found significant cybersecurity weaknesses in the health insurance websites of California, Kentucky and Vermont that could enable hackers to get their hands on sensitive personal information on hundreds of thousands of people.

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Vermont Health Connect

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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Vermont Health Connect

The Vermont House Committee on Health Care is holding a series of hearings on the state’s health care exchange, Vermont Health Connect.  The system has been plagued with problems since its inception and the latest consultant to appear before the panel told legislators they should constrain spending on the system while they study options.

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Vermont Health Connect

Vermont officials say they're hiring an outside consultant to conduct an extensive assessment that could help determine fate of Vermont Health Connect.

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Vermont Health Connect

A senior aide to Governor Peter Shumlin says the Vermont Health Connect insurance exchange has met key goals set out for it earlier this year and should not be scrapped in favor of the state joining the federal exchange.

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Vermont Health Connect

Vermont officials are cautiously optimistic that the state's health insurance exchange will meet next week's deadline for smooth operations.

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Vermont Health Connect

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.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and other officials have announced the successful completion of a crucial software upgrade for the troubled Vermont Health Connect insurance exchange.

The Vermont state auditor has issued a report that finds serious problems remain with Vermont Health Connect, the state’s insurance exchange, and it questions whether the state can fix them in a timely manner.

A state audit report finds that serious problems remain with the troubled Vermont Health Connect insurance exchange and questions whether the state can fix them.

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.

A key part of the trouble-plagued Vermont Health Connect website is due to be up and running by the end of May.

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Republican leaders in the Vermont legislature are asking for a federal investigation of the state's spending on its health care exchange and reforms, with a particular focus on a contract with embattled health economist Jonathan Gruber.

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Vermont is applying a fresh round of scrutiny to its contract with Jonathan Gruber, the MIT health economist who got into hot water for talking about what he called "the stupidity of the American voter."

Mark Larson, commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access, who oversaw the troubled rollout of the state's online health insurance marketplace, is resigning.

State officials say that the Vermont Health Connect insurance exchange is working much better than it did last year.

Vermont's online health insurance marketplace could run nearly $20 million over budget.

Officials are asking users of Vermont's health care exchange system not to make online changes to their policies during the upcoming open enrollment period.

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The Vermont School Boards Association has released a report saying taxpayers could save as much as $39 million statewide if teachers migrated from their current health plans to the "gold" plan offered by Vermont Health Connect.

Vermont's top health care reform official says the state's health insurance website was taken down temporarily because security upgrades did not keep pace with a schedule agreed to with federal officials.

The candidates for Vermont governor are reacting to the shutdown of the state's troubled health insurance website for repairs.

Vermont’s online connection to its health care exchange has been temporarily disconnected. The governor pulled the plug Monday night to fix persistent problems.

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Vermont’s lieutenant governor and the minority leaders of the House and Senate, all Republicans, met at the Statehouse Tuesday to discuss the Shumlin Administration’s move to fire the company that designed and has provided technical support for the state’s health care exchange.

State health officials say Vermont is ending its contract with CGI, the company that designed Vermont's trouble-plagued Vermont Health Connect website.

Vermont plans to hire a contractor to help address a backlog on Vermont Health Connect, the state's online health insurance marketplace.

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The two health insurance companies offering coverage through the Vermont state health exchange want to raise their rates for people and small businesses.

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

Vermont officials say they won't know for several months how many people who looked at buying health insurance through Vermont Health Connect determined it was too expensive and decided to go without.

Commerce Secretary Lawrence Miller is going to be getting a new job overseeing all of Vermont's health care overhaul efforts.

Residents purchasing insurance through Vermont Health Connect can now pay their bills online.

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