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631 Vermonters sign up for Vermont Health Connect

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

We now know how many Vermonters have signed up for Vermont Health Connect. Officials stopped giving daily updates until WCAX News pushed for the latest numbers.

The health care exchange website is mandated by the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare. It allows users to compare approved health care plans side by side to pick which is best for them.

When Vermont Health Connect started Oct. 1, officials released numbers daily, showing how many people visited the site, how many accounts were established and how many people actually signed up.

WCAX News called Tuesday after the last two email updates did not include the number showing how many Vermonters signed up. A spokeswoman told us staff decided they will now only release information on Mondays and Fridays. She says daily updates will not provide Vermonters with accurate trends. But after our story aired at noon, officials released the latest numbers, saying 631 Vermonters had signed up.

The state is expecting 100,000 people to enroll for the new insurance system which starts Jan. 1.

Although people can sign up, a glitch in the system means you still can't pay for a plan. The state expects that to be fixed Nov. 1.

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