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State warned about Vermont Health Connect security issues in June


MONTPELIER, Vermont — Vermont officials were notified in June that the state's online health insurance marketplace could be cut off from the federal data hub.

The Times Argus ( reports that Department of Vermont Health Access Commissioner Mark Larson received a letter June 10 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services telling him that Vermont Health Connect could be disconnected if security problems weren't fixed.

The state announced Sept. 16 that it had taken the site offline the night before.

The letter — obtained through a public records request — said Vermont Health Connect had performed poorly in two quarterly reviews, prompting the warning.

Larson was removed as commissioner last month. Lawrence Miller, director of health care reform, is now in charge of the site's operation.

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