A former Rhode Island state official has been named Commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Monday. Steven Costantino will replace Mark Larson, who is leaving the post next month. Costantino previously served as secretary of Rhode Island’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services. “We’re excited to welcome Steven […]
Mark Larson, commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access, oversaw the rollout of the state’s health exchange website.
Optum’s report finds insufficient state supervision of CGI’s work on Vermont Health Connect, recommends hiring a project manager with experience in handling $50 million to $100 million IT projects.
The company hired to fix the state’s health care exchange identifies problems that have plagued the system since its inception.
Canadian company hired to build the state’s health exchange will depart with about $67 million and an unfinished website. Optum to complete work on Vermont Health Connect.
Early signs show Vermont Health Connect is expanding health insurance coverage in Vermont, but many users are still running into enrollment and coverage problems.
Chairman of the House Health Care Committee says drastic measures may be taken next session after hearing that trouble with the state’s health care exchange haven’t improved. Medicaid patients are having trouble signing up.
The state has paid Boston law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo $855,800 to provide legal advice on its contract with the CGI and has the firm under contract for at least $300,000 more.
Trial program would have set a budget for the hospital based on serving its entire population, rather than the typical fee-for-service model.
Small groups will have to enroll directly through insurers in the next open enrollment period as state focuses on other dysfunctional aspects of the online marketplace.
Larson said Friday that Vermonters still won’t be able to make changes to their coverage online after the deadline passes on Sunday.
A May 21 deadline for a component that will allow users or customer service representatives to make changes to a person’s coverage has been extended to June 8.
DVHA Commissioner Mark Larson and Health Commissioner Harry Chen lobby against Sen. Jane Kitchel’s proposal.
Despite huge state and federal investments in the exchange website and a call center to handle interactions with the public, the system still has significant problems.