Hospitals join ‘exchange’ effort
BERLIN — Nearly 20 Vermont hospitals have agreed to assist the state in its effort to expand participation in the new insurance marketplace known as Vermont Health Connect.
Gov. Peter Shumlin said he has enlisted 18 hospitals, including members of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, in outreach efforts.
Those efforts, which will vary from hospital to hospital, range from training certified application counselors and “navigators” and posting information about Vermont Health Connect on their websites to providing on-site enrollment opportunities and hosting public forums and other educational events.
Shumlin, who announced the partnership Tuesday at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, said the alliance with the state’s hospitals was important because they connect with Vermonters when residents are sick or injured and need coverage the most.
“This is a first step toward controlling increases in health care costs and ensuring everyone (has) access to quality, affordable coverage,” Shumlin said.
CVMC Chief Executive Officer Judy Tartaglia, who is chairwoman of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, said hospitals were happy to help out.
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