MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont hospitals and the state's two health insurance companies are going to be getting their first look at patient coverage under the new health care system.
Health insurance policies offered through the federal health overhaul known as the Affordable Care Act took effect on Jan. 1, but Thursday is the day hospitals and insurance carriers will begin processing the first claims filed under the new system.
Vermont officials estimate that coverage for about 52,000 Vermonters began at midnight Wednesday.
Now the emphasis will shift to ensuring health insurance policy holders get the services they need and that health care providers are properly paid for those services.
In some cases patients could seek health services before their insurance information is clear.
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