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
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