Vermont Health Connect deadline lifted for those who struggled with website


Vermont officials announced on Wednesday that the state will offer special enrollment options in Vermont Health Connect to anyone who has had trouble signing up for health insurance on the state-run website.

State officials extended the enrollment deadlines on the same day the federal government and other states announced they will offer people who have been stymied by website glitches more time to obtain medical insurance.

If an individual has made an effort to sign up for health insurance through Vermont Health Connect before the March 31 deadline for open enrollment, the state will work with them to make sure they get that coverage, regardless of whether they complete the process before the deadline.

In some cases, the state will offer retroactive coverage.

"Our message today is simple: Sign up," Mark Larson, commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access, said in a statement. "If you think you've missed a deadline or you are unsure about your options, log on and sign up. If you've had an issue with your application, call us. We will be working one-on-one with any Vermonter who has had a problem to get them the coverage they need."

Eligibility for the special enrollment period will be determined by "self-attestation," or the honor system. Larson said that the special enrollment period for people who've had difficulty signing up would last as long as the feds allow, and Vermont's goal is to sign up as many people as possible.

Vermont Health Connect is expecting a surge in enrollment activity with the open enrollment deadline just five days away, and its call center will stay open through the weekend.


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