MONTPELIER (AP) -- Vermont’s online health insurance marketplace will be ready to go at 9 a.m. today as scheduled, the state’s health reform director said Monday.
A call center will open at 8 a.m. while the marketplace itself is due to be up and running an hour later, said Director Robin Lunge.
"We certainly expect that there will be some bumps along the way and that we will continue to push out improvements as we move along," Lunge said. "We are encouraging folks to contact our call center if they are experiencing any difficulties."
Tuesday is the official startup date for Vermont Health Connect, the state-sponsored health insurance marketplace being set up under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Coverage begins on Jan. 1.
"This is definitely an important milestone, but I think it is important to note this is the start of a process. It’s not the end," Lunge said.
Officials don’t expect many people to begin signing up right away. They expect the public to check out the website over the next month and compare products.
"We really expect that more Vermonters would be looking to actually enroll in plans in November," she said.
Lunge says there were some technical problems over the weekend, but staff was working Monday to ensure those issues have been solved by Tuesday.