Last week, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin notified 2,100 state employees with children, who meet income eligibility requirements, that they have the option of enrolling in CHIP. The notification included a description of how they and the state would save money. "It's an opportunity that we wanted state employees to be able to make a choice about," said Mark Larson, the commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access. "It does provide an opportunity for coverage to be more affordable for a family and it does provide some opportunity for the state to provide health coverage for the family at less expense to the state." The state estimates that if half of the eligible employees moved their children to CHIP, it could save roughly $5 million per year.