MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Three top Vermont officials expressed confidence Thursday that the state will be ready to launch Vermont Health Connect, the state’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exchange, on Oct. 1 — the scheduled startup date.
“We really do believe that we are on track for October,” said Mark Larson, commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access. “We are expecting the system to be ready.”
The comments came a bit more than two months before the start of a crucial enrollment period, when about 100,000 Vermonters — either as individuals or working through their small-business employers — will sign up for the exchange. Many will be eligible for tax credits or state subsidies to help cover the cost of that coverage.
Mid-sized employers — those with 51 to 100 employees — will be folded into the program, called Vermont Health Connect, by 2016. Those with more than 100 employees are not included in the exchange because nearly all already provide company-sponsored health coverage for their employees, said Emily Yahr, the exchange education and outreach manager.