Vermont Republicans Call for Review of State’s Health Exchange

February 22, 2016

Vermont Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and the state’s legislative Republican leaders are calling for an independent assessment of the Vermont Health Connect state insurance exchange, with an eye toward possibly closing it and shifting to the federal exchange or some other option.

The comments at a news conference Feb. 19 came after lawmakers heard testimony that the exchange is continuing to experience problems, particularly backlogs of people reporting a change of circumstance, like a new job, a marriage or divorce or other life changes.

Lawmakers are suggesting that a state regulatory panel called the Green Mountain Care Board, conduct the review.

Administration officials say improvements need to be made in the way customers access Vermont Health Connect, but the underlying system is sound.

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