Insurance enrollment

Valley News – States Reopen Insurance Registration; NH and Vt. have a special registration period due to the pandemic

Posted: 02/22/2021 19:57:32 PM

Modified: 02/22/2021 20:04:32

WEST LEBANON – People without health insurance can sign up for plans through the Affordable Care Act until mid-May.

Vermont and New Hampshire both opened “special enrollment” periods last week, allowing people without health insurance to enroll in health plans through Vermont Health Connect in Vermont or in the New Hampshire.

States did so under an executive order from President Joe Biden of Jan. 28 requiring exchanges to reopen to allow people who lost their employment-based health plan during the COVID-19 pandemic to enroll. Swaps allow those who qualify to receive bonuses and cost-sharing assistance.

The regular open registration period for marketplaces ended in December. This special registration period ends May 14 in Vermont and May 15 in New Hampshire.

“With this opportunity, New Hampshire residents who are uninsured will be able to purchase coverage without waiting for the next regular open enrollment period at the end of the year,” said New Hampshire Insurance Commissioner Chris Nicolopoulos, in a press release.

The premiums available on the exchange are lower than they were in the past, said Nicolopoulos.

Authorities have also urged consumers to shop around when purchasing health insurance.

“There are many options and some plans are more affordable or offer a better network of health care providers than others,” Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said in the statement.

Three insurance companies are offering individual plans in the New Hampshire market this year: Anthem, Ambetter from NH Healthy Families, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

Qualified health plan issuers in Vermont include: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, MVP Health Care, and Northeast Delta Dental.

Outside of the trade, both states have seen an increase in Medicaid enrollments as people saw their incomes drop during the pandemic.

In New Hampshire, Medicaid registrations have increased by nearly 20%, from 179,000 people in January 2020 to around 214,000 last month, according to a February 2 report the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Quality Assurance and Improvement Office.

From March to September of last year, the number of Vermonters enrolled in Medicaid rose to about 193,000, an increase of about 16,000 people, or 9%, according to Nissa James, spokesperson for the Department of Vermont Health. Access.

During the pandemic, Vermont does not require financial checks for people who sign up for Medicaid; nor does it terminate coverage unless people ask to terminate it or leave the state; and he is waiving bonuses for Dr. Dinosaur, the Medicaid program for children, according to the Health Connect website.

“Vermonters can apply for Vermont Medicaid at any time,” Vermont Department Health Access Commissioner Cory Gustafson said in a press release. “Enrollment opportunities for qualified health plans are more limited, so we are opening this special enrollment period and urging uninsured Vermonters to enroll.”

To subscribe to plans through Vermont Health Connect, Vermonters can call 1-855-899-9600 weekdays from 8 am to 4:30 pm Online registration is not available.

In New Hampshire, those seeking federal financial assistance to pay for a plan can sign up through Insurance agents or registration assistants are available to help you navigate the process. Granite Staters can also call the Insurance Department at 800-852-3416.

Nora Doyle-Burr can be reached at or 603-727-3213.