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A Checkup On Vermont Health Connect

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Toby Talbot
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AP
It's been a long two years: in this Oct. 1, 2013 file photo, workers at the Vermont Health Connect call center talk to customers in Burlington.

Open enrollment for Vermont Health Connect began about three weeks ago, and state officials are expressing confidence that the problems that have plagued the system in the past have been fixed. "I'm pleased to report that it is going very, very well," said Gov. Peter Shumlin this month, which is "very different from the last two times that we began open enrollments."

We get an update from Lawrence Miller, the governor's health care reform chief, on how Vermont Health Connect is working and an outside audit that points out more problems with the exchange.  We also discuss other key health care concerns, like how the state will close a projected $60 million gap in Medicaid.

Also in the program, analysis of state and national election politics. Seven Days columnist Paul Heintz explains how the gubernatorial race has changed since House Speaker Shap Smith ended his campaign for family health reasons, where candidates stand on accepting Syrian refugees and whether Sen. Bernie Sanders' speech at Georgetown University on Thursday succeeded in convincing voters to look past the socialist label.

Broadcast live on Fri., Nov. 20, 2015 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.