Comment on Health Insurance Premium Price Increases

Consumer Advocate Barred from Rate Hearing; State Won't Say Why https://vtdigger.org/2018/07/23/consumer-advocate-barred-insurance-rate-hearing-state-wont-say/

The Green Mountain Care Board will decide whether to change the premium prices for 2019. You can tell the Board what you think they should do and why. The Board must consider public comments when setting the 2019 premium prices. The public comment period ends next Wednesday. You can find information on how to submit a public comment here. (https://www.vtlegalaid.org/sites/default/files/HCA-Flyer-Individual-VHC-Public-Comment.pdf)

The Green Mountain Care Board is reviewing proposed health insurance premium price increases for Individual and Small Employer plans including Vermont Health Connect plans. (Small Employers have less than 100 employees.) These plans cover almost 80,000 Vermonters.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont is asking to increase premium prices by 7.5%, on average, for 2019. MVP Health Care is asking to increase premium prices by 10.9% on average. The price increases vary significantly by plan.

If you have questions about health insurance, health care, or about how you can give a public comment, contact Vermont’s Office of the Health Care Advocate for free help (800) 917-7787 (https://vtlawhelp.org/health).