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Fletcher Allen says new insurance working

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - An official at Vermont's largest health care provider says the state's new health insurance system is working surprisingly well.

Shannon Lonergan, the director of registration at Burlington's Fletcher Allen Health Care, says she and others expected more glitches as patients started using insurance provided through Vermont Health Connect.

Lonergan says a small portion of the thousands of patients the hospital and its affiliated offices deal with every day are insured through Vermont Health Connect. The hospital has not had to send any patients a bill after being unable to verify coverage and the hospital has received its first payments for services provided under the new system

Meanwhile, Vermont Health Access Commissioner Mark Larson says the website still can't process online payments, but about 25,000 Vermonters have signed up for coverage.

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