Vermont Health Connect

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.

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.

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A federally supported research group will assist Massachusetts officials in reviewing the state’s options regarding the company contracted to operate its health insurance website.

Officials at Vermont's largest hospital say it will be at least 30 days before they know how smoothly it will go for people to move to the new health insurance system.

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Massachusetts and Vermont are withholding payments and considering legal options against the contractor that set up the states' problem-plagued health insurance websites.

Massachusetts has paid $11 million of its $69 million contract with CGI Group, a Montreal-based information technology company.

Jason Lefferts is a spokesman for the Commonwealth Health Connector, the state's insurance marketplace.

Vermont health care officials are urging people who have signed up for health insurance through the Vermont Health Connect website to pay their bills as soon as possible to ensure they get coverage by Jan. 1.

The state official overseeing Vermont's new online insurance marketplace says there has been a second "privacy incident" after there was a mix-up of information involving two people with the same first and last names.

Governor Peter Shumlin is encouraging people who are eligible to sign up for health insurance through the Vermont Health Connect system.

Governor Peter Shumlin is continuing to say he didn't know the extent of problems with the Vermont Health Connect insurance exchange website until after Labor Day.

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

Criticism has been raging this week over the accuracy of testimony the Commissioner of Vermont Health Access provided to a Vermont House committee regarding the security of the state health care exchange.

Vt. Gov.: Little Impact From Federal Health Change

Nov 15, 2013
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says he thinks it's unlikely the decision by President Barack Obama to allow people to extend existing health insurance policies for a year will have much impact on Vermont.

The state had already decided to allow individuals and small businesses to extend their current health insurance plans through March 31.

The state of Vermont is warning people to beware of phone scams from callers claiming to be selling health insurance in order to obtain personal information.

Vt. Says 3,401 Picked Health Insurance Via Website

Nov 14, 2013

The state of Vermont says 3,401 people have chosen a new health insurance plan through the Vermont Health Connect website.

The figure released Wednesday is up 263 people from Tuesday and it's well above the 1,325 figure released for Vermont by the federal government. The federal government figures represented signups through Nov. 2, the first month the federal health insurance marketplace has been in operation.

As of Wednesday, Vermont Health Connect said that 14,144 people have created accounts on its website and the site has had more than 133,000 unique visitors.

All 14 Vermont hospitals and two in New Hampshire are helping the state promote Vermont Health Connect, the marketplace that is to provide coverage as part of the incoming health reform efforts.

The state says that 3,138 people have chosen a new health insurance plan through the Vermont Health Connect website.

Vermont is delaying implementation of its health care exchange plan due to problems with the state's enrollment website.

The state of Vermont is going to delay the implementation of its health care reform plan in case problems with the state's website can't be resolved in time to meet the Jan. 1 deadline.

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.

Governor Peter Shumlin says the Vermont Health Connect health insurance marketplace's performance is improving, and there's no need now to talk about contingency plans in case it isn't fully functional by year's end.

Officials in Vermont say enrollment numbers are increasing after a rocky launch of Vermont’s health insurance marketplace.

Enrollment numbers are growing for the new Vermont Health Connect health insurance exchange, but on its second day of operation, the system continued to struggle with a too-slow website.

The official overseeing the launch of Vermont's online health insurance marketplace says the system is on track for its scheduled opening.

Many Vermont employers are struggling with the decision whether to continue their workers on health insurance or allow them to buy it individually and take advantage of federal tax credits.

Shumlin, Vt. Chamber To Kick Off Health Forums

Sep 18, 2013
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is to join the Vermont Chamber of Commerce in kicking off a series of forums for small businesses to learn about the new health insurance exchange being created under the federal Affordable Care Act.

A program today from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Montpelier's Capitol Plaza hotel and conference center will be geared to helping small businesses learn what they need to know as they prepare to shop in the Vermont Health Connect exchange for health insurance.

Governor To Kick Off Vt. Health Connect Forums

Sep 16, 2013
Courtesy VT Governor's Office

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is set this week to help kick off a series of forums for small businesses to learn about the new health insurance exchange being created under the federal Affordable Care Act.

A program Wednesday from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Montpelier's Capitol Plaza hotel and conference center will be geared to helping small businesses learn what they need to know as they prepare to shop in the Vermont Health Connect exchange for health insurance.

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.

Officials involved in setting up Vermont's new health care exchange say they're confident it will be ready to enroll individuals and small businesses by its scheduled Oct. 1 startup date.

The state of Vermont is telling a U.S. House panel it has every right to set up a state health insurance exchange and require individuals and small businesses to purchase their health coverage through it.

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