Vermont Hospitals push for health insurance

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Vermont Hospitals push for health insurance

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 4:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The number of people with health insurance has increased significantly in recent years, with more than 20 million Americans gaining health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Vermont has some of the lowest uninsured rates in the country, and now, during the Open Enrollment period for Vermont Health Connect, is the time to build on this progress. 

“Vermont hospitals believe that health care coverage is an essential part of achieving our vision of a healthy, vibrant Vermont,” said Jeff Tieman, Vermont Association for Hospitals and Health Systems (VAHHS) president and CEO. “Coverage improves access to care, improves health outcomes, incentivizes appropriate use of health care resources, and reduces financial strain on individuals and families.” 

Vermont Health Connect’s open enrollment period is the time to enroll in a health insurance plan or make changes to an existing health plan. This year, open enrollment started earlier than in previous years and will last for an abbreviated amount of time. During this truncated enrollment period, Vermont hospitals are again leading the way, connecting Vermonters with health care coverage. 

At Central Vermont Medical Center, navigators are providing in-person meetings with patients to assist with enrollment. “Providing free in-person assistance to our community during Vermont Health Connect’s open enrollment period is just one more way we demonstrate our commitment to optimizing health outcomes and improving our population’s health,” said Anna T. Noonan, President and Chief Operating Officer. 

In Rutland, the hospital has initiated a public media campaign to get the word out and connect those in need with enrollment assistance. “Rutland Regional Medical Center (RRMC) has worked hard to enroll individuals in the Health Care Exchange or Medicaid if they are eligible,” said Tom Huebner, RRMC president and CEO. “We have promoted it through social media and other mechanisms. Most importantly our financial counselors have helped so many people through this process. We strongly believe access to health care is a key to the health of our community.” 

For North Country Hospital in Newport, Vermont, reaching their community with timely and engaging information has been the focus. Ads running in local newspapers and online have provided the community with more information and concrete action steps. Claudio Fort, President & CEO of North Country Hospital added, “This year, our enrollment efforts are more important than ever before to sustain coverage gains and encourage new enrollment. We have taken a proactive role, informing our community of the shorter enrollment period and having four navigators available to meet with patients to enroll them in the best plan for their circumstances.” 

Open Enrollment runs now through December 15. Learn more and enroll today: or contact your hospital for more information:

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Steven Gordon, President
17 Belmont Ave
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 257-0341


Louis Josephson, Ph.D., President and CEO
Anna Marsh Lane, PO Box 803
Brattleboro, VT, VT 05302
(802) 257-7785


Arthur Mathisen, FACHE, President and CEO
528 Washington Highway
Morrisville, VT 05661
(802) 888-4231


Dan Bennett, President and CEO
P.O. Box 2000
Randolph , VT 05060
(802) 728-7000


Roger Allbee, CEO
Route 35, P.O. Box 216
Townshend, VT 05353
(802) 365-7357


Gay Landstrom, Interim CEO
289 County Road
Windsor, VT 05089
(802) 674-6711


Claudio Fort, CEO
189 Prouty Drive
Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-7331


Paul Bengtson, CEO
P.O. Box 905
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-8141


Jill Berry Bowen, CEO
133 Fairfield Street
St. Albans, VT 05478


Fred Kniffin, MD, Interim CEO
115 Porter Drive
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 388-4701


Thomas Huebner, President
160 Allen Street
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 775-7111


Thomas Dee, CEO
100 Hosp. Drive East
Bennington, VT 05201
(802) 442-6361


Timothy Ford, President and CEO
25 Ridgewood Road
Springfield, VT 05156
(802) 885-7603


John R. Brumsted, M.D., CEO, University of Vermont Medical Center and President & CEO of the University of Vermont Health Network
462 Shelburne Rd. - 101SA1
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 847-0000


Anna T. Noonan, BSN, MSRN, President and COO
P.O. Box 547
Barre, VT 05641
(802) 371-4100


Eileen Whalen, MHA, RN, President & COO
111 Colchester Avenue, 101PA3
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 847-0000


Alfred Montoya, Interim Medical Center Director
215 North Main Street
White River Jct., VT 05009

Source: VAHHS