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You Can Comment on Health Insurance Premium Price Increases

June 18, 2018

The Green Mountain Care Board is reviewing proposed health insurance premium price increases for individual and small employer plans including Vermont Health Connect plans. (Small employers have less than 100 employees.) These plans cover nearly 80,000 Vermonters.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont is asking to increase premium prices by 7.5%, on average, for 2019. MVP Health Care is asking to increase premium prices by 10.9% on average. The price increases vary by plan.

Vermonters who get subsidies to help with premium prices may pay more or less in 2019 than in 2018. Changes to subsidized Vermonters’ premium prices are mostly based on changes in income, family size and which plan they choose during the next open enrollment. If you have questions about premium prices, contact the Office of the Health Care Advocate.

The Green Mountain Care Board will decide whether to change the premium prices for 2019. You can tell the board what you think they should do. Visit our How the Public Can Participate page for details on the public hearings and how to submit public comments to the board online, by mail or by phone. Your comments will be part of the public record.Photo of health care appointment

The Green Mountain Care Board must consider public comments when setting the 2019 premium prices. The public comment period ends July 25, 2018.

If you have questions about your health insurance, health care or about how you can give a public comment, contact the Office of the Health Care Advocate.