State health care study ranks insurance coverage across the country

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A new data analysis has revealed the best and worst performing states for U.S. health insurance. Vermont currently boasts the best state health care system, whereas Louisiana’s is the very worst, according to a new study conducted by WalletHub.com. CDC data shows that 88.1 percent of Americans have access to regular medical care. That said, despite the availability of state health care for most Americans, the quality and cost of those services varies greatly across the country. Depending on the individual state, there is a significant difference in the population’s…

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State-run health insurance exchanges contain security flaw

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An investigation has discovered that the California, Vermont and Kentucky sites left personal data vulnerable. In a recent investigation of state-run health insurance exchange websites, “significant cybersecurity weaknesses” were discovered in California, Vermont and Kentucky, according to federal officials. These flaws in the websites may have left the personal information of residents of those states open to hackers. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) discovered the vulnerabilities. This independent agency functions as a watchdog organization over Congress. The investigation it conducted looked into the health insurance exchange websites of the individual…

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Vermont businesses continue to face challenges when it comes to health insurance

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Small businesses continue to experience frustration with state’s insurance system Businesses in Vermont have been having some issues with health insurance for the past few years. Vermont is the only state where businesses with 50 or fewer employees must purchase health insurance plans through a specially designed exchange marketplace. The marketplace is meant to serve as an effective and efficient way businesses can provide their employees with insurance coverage, but it has been quite dysfunctional for small companies. A new insurance exchange system could be a costly issue for the…

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Vermont health insurance exchange struggles to overcome problems

Vermont Health insurance exchanges

Audit shows that the state’s insurance exchange still suffers from crippling issues An audit of the Vermont health insurance exchange has shown that there are still serious problems with the state’s exchange marketplace. The exchange, called Vermont Health Connect, has been struggling to overcome some serious issues for the past several months. These issues range from faults in the exchange’s enrollment process and renewal system to security issues that threaten the safety of consumer information. While the audit found that some problems have been resolved, others remain. Gaps in functionality…

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Number of people without health insurance in Vermont is cut in half

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Many Vermont residents are using the state’s insurance exchange to find coverage The number of people without health insurance in Vermont has been cut in half, according to information released by the state. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin notes that many people have managed to find insurance coverage through the state’s exchange, which has been improved over the past year. During the first open enrollment period, which began in 2013 and ended in early 2014, the state’s insurance exchange suffered from technical issues that made it impossible for many people to…

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Health insurance rates in Vermont are the first in the U.S. to be posted

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This will let the residents of the state know what they can expect their premiums to be. Vermont has just become the very first state in the country to share what its health insurance rates will be when they begin to use the online exchange in order to purchase their coverage to comply with the “individual mandate”. This gives residents an idea of the rates they’ll pay starting in October when the marketplace opens. The state has released its rate proposals. They aren’t yet set in stone, but at least…

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Vermont to begin working toward a health insurance exchange by the end of the year

Vermont lawmakers are expected to determine how the state will build its own health insurance exchange system by the end of this year. The state has been sluggish in its efforts to build an exchange due to some uncertainty and lack of guidance from the federal government. The Department of Health and Human Services, the agency that oversees the exchange effort throughout the country, has granted states with enough flexibility to establish an exchange in a way they see fit. Vermont’s slow pace may put the exchange effort at risk…

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Vermont adopts single-payer health system

The state of Vermont is edging closer to a single-payer health system. The new system would have state residents transition into a publicly funded insurance program that would be responsible for paying hospital bills and other medical expenses. The system has received approval from the state Legislature and is to be built as soon as possible. Vermont is the first state in the U.S. to adopt a single-payer health system. Legislators will have to iron out the specific regulations that will govern the system before anyone can begin using it.…

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Massachusetts and Vermont residents pay the highest individual health rates

A recent analysis has shown that in 2010, the most expensive individual health rates in the country were in Massachusetts and Vermont, with premiums up to and higher than $400 per month per person, which is about twice the average of the country. The information was collected by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which drew the data from the insurance company filings to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and discovered a significant discrepancy in the rates charged from one state to the next. The researchers are referring to their analysis…

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