Important Message: To get health insurance, you must sign up during an enrollment period. Vermont Health Connect’s Open Enrollment usually starts November 1 and ends December 15. Any Vermonter can sign up for a qualified health plan during Open Enrollment. At other times, you can get a 60-day Special Enrollment Period if you have a major life event, such as losing your health insurance. Vermonters who are eligible for Medicaid can enroll at any time.


When can I enroll in a health plan through Vermont Health Connect?

It’s important to understand that you can only enroll in a qualified health plan (QHP) during an enrollment period. However, Medicaid and Dr. Dynasaur are different from QHPs and have year-round enrollment. Vermonters who are eligible for these programs may enroll at any time.

Open Enrollment: This is the time each year when any Vermonter can enroll in a QHP through Vermont Health Connect. Open Enrollment typically starts November 1 and lasts for about six weeks. If you’re already enrolled in coverage through Vermont Health Connect, Open Enrollment is the time when you can change plans.

Special Enrollment Period: A Special Enrollment Period allows Vermonters to enroll in coverage outside of Open Enrollment if they’ve had a qualifying event. Qualifying events include changes to your income and household size. For a complete list of qualifying events, click here.

If you’re not sure which program applies to you, our Plan Comparison Tool can help. This tool is free and anonymous to use and will provide you with an estimate of the programs and financial assistance available to you based on the information you provide.

If you need help, you can call our toll-free Customer Service Center at 1-855-899-9600 or meet with a one-on-one assister to guide you through the enrollment process.


How can I apply for coverage?

The easiest way to apply is through our self-service online portal. You can also apply over the phone by calling our toll-free Customer Support Center at 855-899-9600, or get in-person help through a certified assister or registered broker. Paper applications are also available but require more time to process. 


If I voluntarily drop my COBRA coverage outside open enrollment, will I qualify for a special enrollment period?

No. If you voluntarily drop your COBRA coverage before it expires, you will not qualify for a special enrollment period through Vermont Health Connect. That means you may not be eligible to enroll in a Vermont Health Connect plan until Open Enrollment (typically in the fall) unless you experience a qualifying event.

COBRA coverage lasts for 18 months, at which time it will expire. When your COBRA coverage expires at the end of 18 months, you will be eligible for a 60-day special enrollment period and can enroll in coverage with Vermont Health Connect.