Open enrollment ended March 31, but because the VHAP and Catamount health plans ended at the same time, people covered through either program were afforded a 60-day special enrollment period.
The state did not send a message to the recipients formally correcting the mistake, but has since sent postcards, emails and called the recipients directly.
The ranks of the uninsured could swell because income insecure Vermonters, who may have trouble planning their budget from month-to-month, are having difficulty deciding now whether they’ll be able to afford their health care coverage for the rest of the year.
Technical problems that accompanied the rollout of the state’s new health insurance market led officials to allow insurers to extend their current plans through March 31.
A change in the calculation used to determine eligibility and the elimination of the Catamount and VHAP insurance programs, mean thousands more people may qualify for Medicaid benefits.
Administration explains how health insurance coverage can be extended through March 31 because of tech problems.
Last week, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee sent the Appropriations Committee a memo with its budget recommendations. At the top of its list was a suggestion to fund subsidies to prevent lower income working Vermonters from experiencing sharp hikes in their annual out-of-pocket liability. The hitch? These subsidies would cost the state $5 million […]
A single parent earning $28,850 annually with one kid will pay $1,200 a year, or $480 more for health insurance premiums than the $720 under Catamount.
I believe we as a state can’t afford not to continue making health care accessible to thousands of people who are largely struggling to get by, and for whom a major medical expense could result in bankruptcy, homelessness or job loss.
Shumlin’s proposed budget rolls back years of progress on affordable health care by asking upwards of 30,000 low and middle income Vermonters to start paying thousands of dollars more a year in premiums, deductibles or both.
When Rep. George Till, D-Jericho, abruptly left the House Health Care Committee on Friday just before a major vote, many of his fellow legislators thought the physician had an emergency to attend to. But that’s not the case. Till told VTDigger on Tuesday that he left the room for political reasons. He wanted the major […]
Vermont politicos say that there is not enough money in the budget to protect low-income Vermonters from spikes in health care costs.
“Without the federal funds that we had requested, we simply can’t support the gross expenditure within the general fund dollars we have available,” said Mark Larson, Vermont Health Access commissioner.
The governor’s second budget proposal for restraining the growth of health care costs is to raise the state’s Medicaid reimbursement rate by 3 percent on Oct. 1, 2013. That’s an increase of about $24.4 million.