Families Are Enrolling in Vermont Health Connect

Families Are Enrolling in Vermont Health Connect

Danielle LaFleur Brooks and her wife Susan Hand have compared all the plans, and are ready to enroll in Vermont Health Connect.
MONTPELIER - Danielle LaFleur Brooks and her wife Susan Hand have compared all the plans, and are ready to enroll in Vermont Health Connect.

Enrollment opened Tuesday at 9 a.m.

"We've been looking online to see what our options are and it actually looks like we might be able to save some money with Health Connect," LaFleur Brooks said.

The couple and their two daughters, ages 1 and 6, used to be insured through Susan's work. When Susan stopped working to be a stay-at-home mom, the couple purchased insurance for their family through Catamount. That will go away at the end of the year.

Danielle writes textbooks and is an adjunct professor, but is considered self-employed, so she doesn't get health benefits through work.

"We don't really fit anywhere," she explained.

Danielle says she also has a pre-existing condition, something insurance companies could previously hold against her.

Under the Affordable Care Act, Danielle can't be denied coverage or have a higher premium because of her pre-existing condition.

If you're not ready to enroll like Susan and Danielle, you do have some time. Open enrollment goes until March 31. Invoices will go out in November, and you need to pay your first premium by December 21 in order for coverage to kick in by the first of the year.

With talk about a possible delay in the health care law, Susan and Danielle are breathing a sigh of relief.

"I would have been devastated. This is crucial to our family life and our security," Danielle said.
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