MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — State workers are getting ready to roll out the biggest change in health care coverage in Vermont's history.
Tuesday is the official startup date for Vermont Health Connect, the state-sponsored health insurance marketplace being set up under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
About 100,000 Vermonters are expected to participate in the first phase of the exchange's development. Those participants include people who are purchasing their own individual or family health coverage and those who have received employer-sponsored coverage from companies with 50 or fewer employees.
Coverage begins Jan. 1.
While many states have balked at the law, Vermont's political leadership has enthusiastically supported it. They see it as a step toward the state's more aggressive goal of universal publicly funded health coverage beginning in 2017.