On this week’s podcast, health care reporter Erin Mansfield explains the factors regulators weighed in two major decisions on health insurance premium increases.
Gov. Phil Scott said he still wants to replace Vermont Health Connect. But his team says the system will function smoothly for the upcoming open enrollment period.
An actuary for the Office of the Health Care Advocate disputed Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont’s math and said premiums on Vermont Health Connect should go up just 8.7 percent.
State regulators will hold public hearings on proposals by two health insurance companies to raise premiums for people using Vermont Health Connect. The Green Mountain Care Board will hold two hearings this week, both in Room 11 at the Statehouse in Montpelier. Next week the board will hold an additional event in the evening to […]
This is the most that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont has asked to raise prices since Vermont Health Connect started in 2014. The insurer says about half the increase is beyond its control.
The governor, who campaigned on getting rid of the exchange, said his team is working on a proposal now that congressional Republicans failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
“For Vermont and Vermonters, we don’t see anything good,” the CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont said Thursday. “It’s nothing we can support.”
Lobbyists for insurance companies say dismantling the Affordable Care Act would happen piece by piece and that it would take years to replace.
Two issues that challenge the education community’s ability to engage in civil discourse are changes to employee health care plans and revisions to the rules governing independent schools.
Gov.-elect Phil Scott says he’s confident President-elect Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress will not leave thousands of Vermonters without health insurance. If he’s wrong, it could cost millions.
Vermonters can sign up for coverage or change their plans for any reason through Jan. 31. The state says customers calling about insurance should have a better experience than over the summer, when wait times were longer.
Green Mountain Care Board members Con Hogan and Allan Ramsay wrote dissents questioning whether regulators are doing enough to rein in health care costs.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont covers about 90 percent of customers on the exchange, and its proposed increase is similar to those in previous years. Regulators must decide whether to approve, modify or reject the two insurers’ proposals.
“We’re working hard to get the best damn deal for Vermont in every case, and in so doing, there is friction,” said Lawrence Miller, the chief of health care reform for Gov. Peter Shumlin.