Early deadline highlights the importance of planning ahead and acting quickly
WATERBURY, VT – October 11th marks three weeks until the start of 2018 Open Enrollment for Vermont Health Connect (VHC), the state’s health insurance marketplace. This year, Open Enrollment will run from November 1 to December 15, which is shorter than in past years. Members will have a start date of January 1, 2018.
Open Enrollment is the annual period when new applicants can use the marketplace to sign up for health and dental plans for the coming year. It is also the time that existing members have the option to change plans. Existing members who want to stay in the same plan can simply continue to pay their bills on time and will automatically be renewed into the 2018 version of their current plan.
Vermonters who qualify for subsidies can sign up with Vermont Health Connect either online, by phone, or with one of more than 150 in-person assisters located across the state. Vermonters who don’t qualify for subsidies can streamline the process by direct enrolling with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) or MVP Health Care (MVP) and establishing a single point of contact with their insurance carrier.
Most Vermonters will find 24 options for qualified health plans – including four new bronze plans – from BCBSVT and MVP, as well as dental plans from Northeast Delta Dental (NEDD). Vermonters who are under 30 years old have the option of choosing a catastrophic plan from either carrier in addition to the 24 other options.