The governor won't lay out a deadline for a fully functional health exchange, but the state's biggest insurance carrier offered a rough timeline Friday.
Don George, the president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, told lawmakers the site should be able to accommodate small businesses by August. He says the state could delay beyond that point, but will need to have the site operational by October if businesses are to use it for 2015 enrollment. He says Blue Cross Blue Shield has issued an apology to the businesses community for the rough rollout and added that consumer confidence has stabilized.
"I would say where there isn't a date for the functionality of Vermont Health Connect. I did feel that these small group business owners and the employers are in a good place and our outreach to them is going well," George said.
In order to avoid a last-minute scramble, the administration and carriers agreed to allow businesses to directly enroll in qualified health plans.
The website does allow individuals to select plans online, though the online payment function remains unavailable.