Waterbury, VT– 1000’s of Vermont households can now enroll totally free and low-cost health plans on Vermont’s medical insurance marketplace, because of an ongoing Special Enrollment Period (SEP) announced today by the Department of Vermont Health Access. While most SEPs are time-limited and linked to a selected life event, the brand new policy allows income-eligible residents to enroll any time of the 12 months.
Single Vermonters may qualify with household income as much as $25,760, while couples can earn as much as $34,840. A family of 4 with a household income as much as $53,000 may additionally qualify, with the youngsters enrolling in Dr. Dynasaur and oldsters having their selection of several free and low-cost health plans.
“Our goal is to eliminate barriers that keep vulnerable Vermonters from enrolling in medical insurance,” said Andrea De La Bruere, Commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access. “If Vermonters qualify for zero-premium health plans with the bottom out-of-pocket costs, let’s get them into those plans! That is a very important tool to assist Vermonters get insured and stay insured.”
To make the most of the income-based SEP, a customer must enroll through the State’s medical insurance marketplace, Vermont Health Connect, and should be eligible for financial help. Existing Vermont Health Connect members may qualify to vary to a unique plan.
Most Vermonters find that qualified health plans are more cost-effective than ever before because of expanded federal financial assistance through 2022. Reduced premium costs allow Vermonters to afford plans which have lower deductibles and lower out of pocket costs.
“Most uninsured Vermonters say cost is a primary reason they don’t have insurance,” said Adaline Strumolo, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access. “But Vermonters who qualify for this latest special enrollment period are guaranteed to search out a health plan that can cost lower than being uninsured. We encourage everyone to go browsing and see for themselves.”
Vermonters can learn more in regards to the latest opportunity by visiting VermontHealthConnect.gov, calling the Customer Support Center at 1-855-899-9600, or by contacting trained, local professionals to assist them through the Assister program.
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