health insurance

Blue Cross requests 12.7 percent premium increase

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.

Scott: Vermont Health Connect exit plan likely by year’s end

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.

Vermont insurer, hospitals oppose Obamacare replacement bill

“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.”

Stakeholders say Obamacare repeal would be gradual

Lobbyists for insurance companies say dismantling the Affordable Care Act would happen piece by piece and that it would take years to replace.

Nicole Mace: Civil discourse in education

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.

Margolis: Health insurance in a post-Obamacare world

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.

Health insurance open enrollment starts today

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.

Regulators approve Blue Cross price hike in split decision

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 and MVP request price increases over 8 percent

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.

Top official says state not frustrated with exchange contractor

“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.

Health care advocates duel over funding for expansion studies

Peter Sterling and other advocates for Dr. Dynasaur 2.0 and those who are pushing for universal primary care both want lawmakers to pay for studies of their proposals, but money is tight this year.

Cost concerns behind move to keep large firms off health exchange

S.214 means that businesses with more than 100 employees would not be allowed to start buying commercial insurance through Vermont Health Connect in 2018.

Lawmakers call for independent review of health exchange

The House Health Care Committee wants the Joint Fiscal Office to oversee a study of the long-term sustainability of Vermont Health Connect.

New analysis looking at causes of Vermont Health Connect woes

The exchange’s operations manager says a report is expected in a few weeks, while the chair of the House Health Care Committee also wants to hear more about alternatives to the state exchange.