COVID-19

I’m uninsured and worried about healthcare costs if I get sick. How can I get health coverage?

Vermonters who are eligible for Medicaid can apply and enroll at any time.

Vermonters who are uninsured and are not eligible for Medicaid can use a one-time Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to get a Qualified Health Plan. The SEP is open until June 15, 2020. Please call us at 1-855-899-9600 to sign up.

 

I have insurance through Vermont Health Connect. Can I use the COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period to change plans?

No. The COVID-19 Special Enrollments Period is only open to uninsured Vermonters.

Vermonters who already have insurance through Vermont Health Connect can change plans if they have a qualifying event.

 

I got my government stimulus check ($1,200 per person). Do I need to report that income?

No. The one-time federal government stimulus check of $1,200 does not count as income towards your eligibility for any State of Vermont health coverage program—including Medicaid, VPharm, Long Term Care and Qualified Health Plans. You do not need to report it.

 

I have Medicaid and I’m getting unemployment compensation. How should I report that income?

There are two types of unemployment compensation during the COVID-19 emergency:

UC—Unemployment Compensation. This is the type of unemployment compensation that is normally available to eligible workers. This type of income is counted towards your eligibility for Medicaid programs. You DO need to report this type of income.

PUC—Pandemic Unemployment Compensation. PUC is the additional $600 weekly amount that eligible workers get on top of regular unemployment compensation (UC). Unlike UC, PUC is NOT counted towards your eligibility for Medicaid programs. You DO NOT need to report this type of income.

Please call Vermont Health Connect at 1-855-899-9600 or Green Mountain Care at 1-800-250-8427, and we will be happy to help with your income reporting questions.

 

I have a Qualified Health Plan and I’m getting unemployment compensation. How should I report that income?

All types of unemployment compensation are counted in your eligibility for Advanced Premium Tax Credits (APTC). You should report both your regular Unemployment Compensation plus any Pandemic Unemployment Compensation ($600 weekly) that you get.

If you don’t report both types of income to Vermont Health Connect, you will get more APTC than you should. If you get too much APTC during the year, you will owe that money when you file federal taxes for calendar year 2020.

 

I got a letter from Vermont Health Connect asking for documents, but I don’t have access to a printer. Libraries and shops are closed. What should I do?

You do not have to do anything right now. Vermont Health Connect (or Green Mountain Care) will process your application and sign you up for coverage if we have enough information. After the COVID-19 emergency ends, you may be asked to send us your documents. If you have submitted an application and want to check on the status, please call us at 1-855-899-9600.

 

My children are covered by Dr. Dynasaur and I have a premium. I can’t pay right now—will my children lose their health coverage?

No—we will not send a bill for Dr Dynasaur premiums during the emergency period, and no one will lose Dr Dynasaur coverage for nonpayment during this time. After the emergency ends, you will get Dr. Dynasaur bills again and should plan to pay your monthly Dr. Dynasaur bill like you used to.

 

I have Medicaid coverage, but I think it’s time for my annual review. Will I lose coverage?

No—Medicaid reviews are on hold during the emergency period. Your review will be rescheduled to a later month.