Open Enrollment is Here: What Vermonters Should Know This Year

02 November 2021

Health plans are more affordable than ever. It’s time to look again.

Waterbury, Vt.  –   Vermonters can enroll in 2022 health and dental insurance from November 1, 2021 – January 15, 2022. This time period, named Open Enrollment, offers Vermonters an opportunity to shop for and enroll in insurance through Vermont’s health insurance marketplace, Vermont Health Connect.  This year’s Open Enrollment features the new, lower costs for health insurance through the federal American Rescue Plan Act and a change in who Vermont Health Connect customers pay for their 2022 health and dental insurance. It’s time to look again.

Here’s what Vermonters should know this year:

  1. Lower Costs: Tens of thousands of Vermonters can pay less for health insurance purchased through Vermont’s health insurance marketplace than they did previously. In fact, a new national report shows that Vermont marketplace customers are saving, on average, $186 per consumer per month – making Vermont’s savings the largest in the nation and nearly triple the national average.

    “The enhanced financial help under the federal American Rescue Plan Act has resulted in significant savings for Vermonters,” said Mike Smith, Secretary of the Agency of Human Services.  “Health plans are more affordable now than ever before so we really want to encourage Vermonters to visit the Plan Comparison Tool to find the best plan for 2022.”

  2. A Payment Change Based on Customer Requests: Customers of Vermont’s health insurance marketplace will find a change in who they pay for their 2022 health and dental insurance. Right now, marketplace customers pay one monthly bill to Vermont Health Connect. For 2022 health and dental plans, marketplace customers will send separate payments directly to their insurance companies, beginning with their first 2022 bill, which arrives in December of 2021.

    “This change is responsive to requests by customers who wanted to send their payments directly to their insurance companies,” said Adaline Strumolo, Acting Commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access. “We are pleased to have this change ready for the first premium bills for the 2022 plan year.”

  3. It’s best to sign up by December 15: For insurance that begins on January 1, 2022, Vermonters need to enroll through Vermont’s health insurance marketplace by December 15, 2021. For those who enroll in health and dental insurance between December 16, 2021 and January 15, 2022, coverage will begin on February 1, 2022.
  4. Protection from Health and Financial Risk: Health and dental insurance can provide access to preventive care, such as check-ups, screenings, and vaccines, that help keep Vermonters healthy. Health and dental insurance can also help cover the cost of care from unexpected illnesses or injuries. The Plan Comparison Tool can be used to compare plans for covered services and cost so Vermonters can find a plan that fits their budget and helps protect them from health and financial risks. 

The health insurance marketplace is the place for individuals and families to shop for and enroll in health insurance. Vermonters can learn more by visiting http://vermonthealthconnect.gov/, calling the Customer Support Center, or contacting trained, local professionals to help them through the Assister program.

Department of Vermont Health Access

280 State Drive
Waterbury, Vermont 05671-1010
Phone: 802-879-5900
Fax: 802-241-0260

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Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday (Excluding Holidays) 7:45am - 4:30pm

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