- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - People who buy their health insurance through the Vermont Health Connect website are going to be seeing their rates go up.

On Tuesday, the Green Mountain Care Board authorized Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont to increase its rates an average of 7.7 percent while MVP subscribers will see their rates increase 10.9 percent.

Blue Cross, the state’s largest health care insurer with about 65,000 customers enrolled through Vermont Health Connect, had requested an increase of 9.8 percent while MVP asked for 15.3 percent.

In addition to increases in medical and drug costs, a portion of the increase is due to changes in federal payments and rules that are beyond the control of insurers and the state.

The Green Mountain Care board says individual rate increases will vary.


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