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Vermont Launches Open Enrollment Period on the Health Insurance Marketplace

October 31, 2023

Waterbury, VT—November 1 marks the beginning of the Open Enrollment period for Vermont's health insurance marketplace. This is the time Vermonters can sign up for or change their health and dental plans for 2024. This year's Open Enrollment is especially important for Vermonters who may have lost Medicaid coverage or otherwise became uninsured in the last year. Even though they can sign up at any time, the tools, and resources available for Open Enrollment make this the perfect opportunity to shop for a plan and take advantage of expanded financial help.

Vermonters can save money on the amount they pay for plans, called premiums, if they qualify and sign up on the health insurance marketplace, also known as Vermont Health Connect. Over 90% of people who are enrolled through Vermont Health Connect qualify for financial help. Thousands of Vermonters now pay less than $25 a month for coverage through the marketplace. “Health care costs and medical debt are a real concern for many in our state. It's important that Vermonters know about Vermont Health Connect, how easy it is to get a plan, and how much less they’ll pay than if they were to buy the same plan directly from an insurance company,” said Jenney Samuelson, Secretary of Vermont’s Agency of Human Services.

The Department has made complicated information about health insurance easy to share using its “Vermont Communications Toolkit for 2024 Open Enrollment" found online.

For plan year 2024, an eligible individual who earns $40,000 a year could get the lowest-cost Gold plan for $183 a month – a savings of $833 each month. A family of four with a household income of $100,000 could get the same plan for $760 a month – a monthly savings of $2,098, or more than $25,000 per year.

Customers eligible for financial help can apply the savings to the plan of their choice. It's important that customers shop to see which plan is best for them. All qualified health plans available include the same essential health benefits. For Vermonters who have recently transitioned off Medicaid or other health coverage, these qualified health plans are a strong way for customers to regain or maintain continuous health insurance coverage at a low cost. If eligible for Marketplace subsidies, people who no longer have Medicaid coverage may find health plans that, like Medicaid, have zero (or near-zero) monthly premiums.

“We're proud to reach the milestone of the 10th anniversary of the start of the health insurance marketplace, and further the Department’s mission to improve Vermonters’ health and well-being by providing access to high-quality, cost-effective health care. Thousands of Vermonters now have access to affordable health coverage and now is the time to sign up," said Andrea De La Bruere, Commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access, which operates Vermont's health insurance marketplace.

It's best to sign up by December 15 to ensure coverage throughout all of 2024. Coverage will begin on February 1, 2024, for people who enroll between December 16, 2023, and January 15, 2024, the final day of the open enrollment period.

It's easy to sign up:

  • Create an account and apply. Tell us about your household. You will be screened to see if you are eligible for subsidies to help pay for a health plan.
  • The easy-to-use Plan Comparison Tool for 2024 health plans is designed to help you choose a plan to best meets your financial and medical needs.
  • Assisters are professionals who are trained and certified by the Department of Vermont Health Access to help Vermonters enroll and maintain health coverage. They can answer questions and walk you through an application. Assisters work for various agencies in the community, such as hospitals, health care providers, and community-based organizations.
  • Learn how to calculate if employer-sponsored insurance is affordable or if you can get financial help through the marketplace with this online tool.

Vermonters who want to learn more can join the Department of Vermont Health Access' Open Enrollment Virtual Town Hall on November 1 at 12pm (, learn more by visiting, calling the Customer Support Center at 1-855-899-9600, or contacting an in-person Assister near you.