Applying for health insurance for first-time customers
The process of applying for coverage for yourself or your family through Vermont Health Connect will go more quickly if you take the following steps:
See If You Might Qualify. While 2017 Open Enrollment doesn't begin until November 1st, you may still be able to sign up for 2016 coverage. Learn about Special Enrollment Periods and Qualifying Events. Please pay particular attention to which applications can be made online and which must be made by calling the Customer Support Center.
Check Your Browser. If you plan to apply from your computer, first take note of your web browser (the software application you use to view web pages). Some versions of Internet Explorer - including the new IE 11 - have been known to encounter technical glitches. For this reason, Vermont Health Connect strongly encourages the use of a current version of another browser, such as Firefox or Chrome. If needed, you can download a free up-to-date browser here.
Gather Key Information. For all people in household who need coverage, collect:
Social Security Numbers
- Or document type and numbers for legal immigrants
Employer and income information
- A complete copy of most recent tax returns, if available
- Pay stubs or W-2 forms—Wage and Tax Statements
Anticipated medical and prescription needs
Information on offers of job-based insurance, if any
- VermontHealthConnect.gov’s Employer Coverage Tool can help
Apply. Have an up-to-date browser and checked off everything on your list?
Have questions? Call our Customer Support Center, toll-free at 1-855-899-9600, or find an Assister to walk you through the process in-person.