Open enrollment is underway on Vermont’s health insurance marketplace, Vermont Health Connect.
This is not the year to auto-renew.
The good news is that if people spend some time comparison shopping for health insurance plans, this year it could actually yield some big savings — uninsured Vermonters might even be able to get a plan for less in 2019 than they could at any point in the last five years.
December 15 is the last day of Open Enrollment for Vermont Health Connect. Open Enrollment is a time for Vermonters to sign up for or switch health insurance plans. Open Enrollment is especially important this year because there are big changes to how much Vermont Health Connect plans cost. A list of some of those changes follows:
· Currently, many Vermonters have a Silver Plan. This may no longer be the best option for most people who have that plan.
· This year Vermonters can get a Gold Plan for a cost similar to that of a Silver Plan.
· Families will get $1,200 more Advance Premium Tax Credits (APTC), on average, to make up for premium cost increases.
· Many uninsured Vermonters can get a free Bronze Plan.
Also, if you think you may be paying too much for health insurance, now is the time to check to be sure Vermont Health Connect has not made an error.
Questions? Call 1-800-917-7787 to speak with a Health Care Advocate. Health Care Advocates are a resource for all Vermonters, regardless of income, helping with all health care and health insurance questions. Learn more: https://vtlawhelp.org/health