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
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:34:35 GMT
It looks like our region escaped any major flooding resulting from Tuesday's heavy rains. There were localized areas of high water and damage, like a road washout on Mud Hollow Road in Kirby. Water remainsMore >>
It looks like our region escaped any major flooding resulting from Tuesday's heavy rains.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:58 AM EDT2014-04-16 14:58:11 GMT
Teamwork between a Montgomery farmer and a corporal with the Franklin Country sheriff's department may have saved a life when they pulled off a daring rescue. A woman became trapped in her truck tryingMore >>
A Montgomery farmer and a sheriff's deputy joined forces for a daring rescue to help a woman who got trapped in her truck by rising floodwaters.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:02 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:02:05 GMT
The floods forced Gov. Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency in New York. The governor made the declaration Tuesday night. It covers six counties in northeastern of New York, including two inMore >>
The floods forced Gov. Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency in New York.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-04-16 15:08:35 GMT
If you thought the weather Tuesday really stunk, you weren't alone. Apparently all the rain and the rushing rivers were too much for even a beaver. WCAX Producer Diane Landry caught video Tuesday in MiltonMore >>
Apparently all the rain and the rushing rivers in our region Tuesday were too much for even a beaver.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:09:50 GMT
If you think this spring has been filled with strange weather-- cold, then hot, then flooding, then snow-- well, we have a reminder that fluctuating weather is not all that unusual in Vermont. SheldonMore >>
If you think this spring has been filled with strange weather-- cold, then hot, then flooding, then snow-- well, we have a reminder that fluctuating weather is not all that unusual in Vermont.More >>