Mark Larson

Shumlin names Steven Costantino to head DVHA

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 […]

Face of Vermont Health Connect leaving state government

Mark Larson, commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access, oversaw the rollout of the state’s health exchange website.

Optum report says poor leadership kept state from holding CGI accountable

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.

Optum makes progress, but smooth open enrollment still in question

The company hired to fix the state’s health care exchange identifies problems that have plagued the system since its inception.

State, CGI agree to part ways in September

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.

Special report: Successes and failures of the Affordable Care Act in Vermont

Early signs show Vermont Health Connect is expanding health insurance coverage in Vermont, but many users are still running into enrollment and coverage problems.

Problems with Vermont Health Connect at crisis stage, lawmaker says

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.

State to spend at least $1 million in outside legal fees on Vermont Health Connect contracts

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.

Not enough time for a global budget experiment at Rutland Regional, state says

Trial program would have set a budget for the hospital based on serving its entire population, rather than the typical fee-for-service model.

Vermont Health Connect website won’t be ready for small business signups this fall

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.

Another health exchange deadline for functionality will pass unmet

Larson said Friday that Vermonters still won’t be able to make changes to their coverage online after the deadline passes on Sunday.

State pushes back deadline in CGI contract

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.

House committee skeptical of addiction treatment department switch

DVHA Commissioner Mark Larson and Health Commissioner Harry Chen lobby against Sen. Jane Kitchel’s proposal.

Lawmakers hold brief ‘lessons learned’ hearing on health care exchange

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.