MONTPELIER — State officials say the ground-up construction of a new health care bureaucracy is on track for its Oct. 1 debut, when the launch of Vermont Health Connect will change the way about 100,000 Vermonters purchase health insurance.
Assurances from Cabinet-level administration officials Thursday came as they made public for the first time an outside review that identifies numerous “risks” associated with the creation of the online health care exchange, including delays that could cost the state some federal funding.
But Mark Larson, commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access, says the concerns highlighted in the new report have been resolved or are on the verge of being so. And Vermonters, according to Larson, will soon enjoy the fruits of an enterprise into which nearly $200 million has already been poured.
“We are on track for a successful launch of Vermont Health Connect,” Larson said. “We’re on track to offer Vermonters health coverage in an accessible, straightforward way starting Oct. 1.”
The health care exchange is a product of the federal Affordable Care Act and offers consumers an online portal at which they’ll be able to conduct side-by-side comparisons of competing health insurance plans and enroll in the policy of their choosing.