Vermont extends insurance expiration dates while their also “glitchy” exchanges keep struggling

posted at 8:01 pm on November 4, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Vermont was another of the fourteen states that happily jumped right in to the task of creating their own fully independent ObamaCare exchange system, but much like its federal cousin, their marketplace has proved to be nothing short of an unmitigated disaster so far. They already had an extensive state-run healthcare operation in place before ObamaCare, but the rollout of their exchange has been fraught with its own prohibitive glitches and errors, and came with a hefty price tag of $170 million. Considering that Vermont is one of the least populous (and most progressive) states in the country with barely 626,000 residents, that’s certainly saying something.

The bungling of their open enrollment process has been a bit of an embarrassment for them, and over the weekend, the governor decided it was time to turn to contingency plans. Vermont’s own laws will virtually eliminate the option of purchasing private insurance for a lot of individual-market people and leave them with no other option for purchasing insurance other than the state exchange, and since Vermont’s exchange doesn’t really seem to work yet, that’s kind of a problem. The Burlington Free Press reports:

In the final pages of a law enacted in 2012, the Legislature spelled out a safety valve the Shumlin administration could use if the online health insurance marketplace then under development failed to operate as intended when it opened for business in 2013. …

After trying to remain upbeat despite a month of malfunctions, Gov. Peter Shumlin last week invoked the legal safety mechanism that will give thousands of Vermonters the option to temporarily bypass Vermont Health Connect to obtain health insurance coverage for 2014. …

“I won’t tolerate a situation where Vermonters go into the holiday season worried and confused by their health care options come Jan. 1. That is simply unacceptable,” Shumlin said. “I am taking steps to ensure that won’t happen. While thousands of Vermonters have signed up for coverage through Vermont Health Connect, many others have been frustrated by technology glitches. …

Using Section 41a of the 2012 health care law, the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation will allow individuals who buy their own insurance and small employers to extend their current coverage plans until March 31, despite Dec. 31 expiration dates.

Yeesh. The best (worst? I never can tell) part of this is that Vermont has some grandiose plans in the works to plunge ahead with what will eventually amount to a full-on single-payer system in the coming years. …Good luck with that.


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d1carter on November 4, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Vermont is one of the least populous (and most progressive) states in the country with barely 626,000 residents

Thought they had a larger population than that but, anyway, my cattle have a better health care plan than the people there or anywhere else will under Obamacare. The cows will be able to keep their plan and their doctors, that’s for sure. It’s ironic and kind of amusing that once Obamacare goes full on, if for some reason we can’t just kill it, animals in the USA will be receiving better services and treatment than 99% of the population.

TXUS on November 4, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Que Six Million Dollar Man music.

Barack Obama: Fellow Goa’uld … I mean fellow Democrats … we can transform a nation. We have the political power. We have the MSM. We have the IRS. We have the DHS. We have the NSA. We have the HHS. We have the lies. We have the Six Hundred Million Dollar Dysfunctional 404 Glitch Site. We have the capability to create the world’s first Zombie Nation. America will be that nation. Much better for us than it ever was before. Dumber, weaker, poorer, more dependent, more beaten down, more unhealthy and more subservient.

VorDaj on November 4, 2013 at 8:16 PM

MeanWhile,..another Crisis:

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In 2nd speech at OFA event, Pres Obama calls healthcare website mess “inexcusable” and calls for fixing federal procurement of IT.

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canopfor on November 4, 2013 at 8:19 PM

To err is human, but to really foul things up requires gub’mint.

The sign behind his head in the picture on the front page says everything one needs to know about these neo-bolshevik clowns.

locomotivebreath1901 on November 4, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Que Six Million Dollar Man music.

VorDaj on November 4, 2013 at 8:16 PM

What, are you trying to get a jump on the new Spanglish we’re gonna be speaking too?

Cleombrotus on November 4, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Heres an idea. How about all these “progressive” states break off from the rest of us “regressive” states? Us regressives will follow the constitution and the progressives can follow whatever the current, trendy political wind blows in. We will see just whose ideas are best.

neyney on November 4, 2013 at 8:24 PM

“I won’t tolerate a situation where Vermonters go into the holiday season worried and confused by their health care options come Jan. 1. That is simply unacceptable,” Shumlin said. “I am taking steps to ensure that won’t happen.

LOL.

IOW — “I’ve created an unmitigated disaster but, rest assure Comrades, I’m pretending to take steps to mitigate it … or something.”

ShainS on November 4, 2013 at 8:41 PM

My stupid lib uncle lives there. He’s executive editor for burlington press. Gannet.

I don’t understand. His father, my Grandfather fought against oppression.

wolly4321 on November 4, 2013 at 9:00 PM

http://m.burlingtonfreepress.com/

Read this crap. Bernie Sanders home paper.

wolly4321 on November 4, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Too bad there’s also not a section in the law that says that when it all comes crashing down, citizens can put all the legislators against a wall AND SHOOT THEM!

GarandFan on November 4, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Lived around the corner from Bernie Sanders (then mayor of Burlington) when I was in college. Some kids stopped at the house on Halloween asking for eggs to throw at an old lady’s house. We said they could have them only if they egged Bernie’s house. They said, “We can’t do that. He’s our dad.” Nice kids there, Bern.

jdpaz on November 4, 2013 at 11:10 PM

600K IDIOTS.

TX-96 on November 5, 2013 at 6:15 AM