Next steps in health insurance remain a question for Vermont small businesses

Earlier this month, Vermont’s Health Exchange website, Vermont Health Connect, was taken offline - much to the surprise of many Vermonters.

The website, launched last October, has had numerous issues. Governor Peter Shumlin made the decision to temporarily shut down the site while the new provider, Optum, works with the state to reorganize and rebuild Vermont Health Connect by the next open enrollment period, which begins on November 15th.

Earlier this year, businesses that were required to sign-up for the stat’es health care exchanged were given the option to delay one-year and stay with their current provider. Many took that option. Now 2015 service is in question.

In the meantime, Chittenden County organizations with navigators continue to offer services though they report they are mainly helping individuals. For businesses, most are taking a wait and see approach.


Burlington Free Press Photo of local homeless man Peter O’Toole who died of hypothermia on the streets of Burlington in 2012.

Combating Homelessness in the City of Burlington

Community leaders are exploring a new program that may help combat homelessness, “The 100,000 Homes Campaign.”

Martha Maksym, head of the United Way of Chittenden County, introduced “The 100,000 Homes Campaign” in her Opinion piece in the Burlington Free Press.



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