- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

WINOOSKI, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Health Connect has announced that some Vermonters who missed this year’s open enrollment still have an opportunity to apply for 2015 health coverage.

Vermonters who don’t have health insurance and learn about the new federal penalty for having no coverage when they file their 2014 taxes now have a chance to avoid paying the full federal fee next year.

Vermonters affected by the federal fee should call Vermont Health Connect’s Customer Support Center toll-free at 1-855-899-9600. They must apply for and select a plan within 60 days from the date they discovered they would be subject to the federal Shared Responsibility Payment, but no later than May 31. Coverage will be effective as of the first of the month following plan selection.

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