MONTPELIER — State officials said Monday that online functions to process premiums the health care plans selected by individuals and families on the state’s exchange will be deployed overnight for a Tuesday launch.
Online credit card payment is still not ready, however. That function will not launch until security testing is completed, according to Department of Vermont Health Access Commissioner Mark Larson.
Invoices will be mailed later this week to individuals and families who have selected plans through the exchange. Those bills will need to be paid by check no later than Jan. 7 for coverage beginning Jan. 1.
The deployment of premium processing function is set to begin at 5 p.m. on Monday. The Vermont Health Connect website will be unavailable for applications and plan selection during the deployment, according to officials. The site is expected to be down until late Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile, the payment function for small businesses remains in testing.
As a result, small businesses and their employees who have selected health coverage through VHC will have current coverage extended into 2014 at 2013 rates until the payment function for small businesses is operational, officials said. Deductibles and out of pocket costs on all extended plans will reset on Jan. 1. Any expenditures will be credited to employees’ new exchange plan in 2014 as long as the carrier remains the same.
About 1,400 small businesses who have signed up for health coverage through the website online, over the phone, with a navigator or through a paper application are affected. Those businesses employ about 13,400 people.
Small businesses that have already elected to extend 2013 coverage or directly enroll through an insurance carrier into an exchange plan, or small businesses that chose to have their carrier roll them into an exchange plan that most closely resembles their current coverage are not impacted.
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