Vermont: State Officials Explore Regional Partnership Options for Marketplace

Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott (R) and several senators met with Connecticut officials to explore opportunities for collaboration between the ailing Vermont Health Connect (VHC) and the Connecticut Marketplace – Access Health CT. Officials from both states expressed interest in the savings that would result from sharing successful components of Access Health CT, such as the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace interface—which Vermont has yet to build—and bidding together on a call center, reports the VT Digger. These efforts are in response to Governor Peter Shumlin’s (D) recent announcement that he will support transitioning VHC to a Supported State Based Marketplace Model in November should VHC fail to become fully functional ahead of the 2016 open enrollment period.