The state's new health care exchange opens for business in October, but efforts are underway now to explain how the system will work.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont Monday opened an information center in South Burlington to provide information to the nearly 100,000 Vermonters who will be effected by the new federal mandate. Counselors at the walk-in center will offer information on how the exchange works and which plan is right for the individuals and small businesses that will be required to participate.
"Blue Cross Blue Shield Information and Wellness Center is going to serve as a community resource for all Vermonters who can come here without appointments and speak with any of our exchange specialists and receive information on the exchange and the tools that they need in order to be a knowledgeable purchaser on the exchange," said the company's Don George.
The new exchange -- called Vermont Health Connect -- will effect employees of businesses with fewer employees and other people who don't get health insurance through their employer.