Director’s Column | September 30th, 2013

“As we schedule and prepare for the actual enrollment meetings with employees, I wanted to let you know what will be required of those employees at the meetings. Assuming the employer has already created the group account on VHC (including setting the contribution amounts and uploading the census, which should be done in advance of the employee enrollment meetings), the employees will need to have with them two items:

1. The employer’s EIN
2. The security code that was either emailed or written to them when the employer created the group account. This code links the employee to the employer.

When scheduling the enrollment meetings with businesses and municipalities, you may want to remind the employer that each employee will need this information on hand for the meeting.

I’ve also attached a spreadsheet that shows the information employers will need for uploading the employee census. The last two columns, annual salary and employee groups, are completely optional. Feel free to share this with employers.”
First Name Last Name Birth Date(MM/DD/YYYY) TIN (XXXXXXXXX) Email Employee Type Hours Worked/Week Annual Salary Employee Groups

Ten Workouts Can Make a Difference in the Fight Against Breast Cancer
Curves, the largest fitness club chain in the world for women and a leader in the weight management category, today announced that in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, residents in Bennington are invited to purchase a $10 punch card for 10 workouts at Curves with proceeds going to American Cancer Society. The 10 workouts can be done in honor of someone who has battled breast cancer and a poster will be up in the Club for each participant to sign as a way to show community support. The famous 30-minute Curves Circuit features a full body workout with strength training and cardio.
This offer is limited to one (1) 10 workout punch card per person. Not valid with any other offer, no cash value and new fitness members only at participating locations. 10 visits must be completed by November 15, 2013. This offer may be exchanged for first visit discount, based on first visit enrollment, minimum 12-month check draft program. Contract terms may vary by state. This sounds like a great way to fight cancer! I want a punch card! For more information contact the Curves Staff at 802-442-0600 or, or visit Curves of Bennington at 748 Main Street.

Let’s stick to the health care theme:
You will have received a notice from your provider by now. The letter templates are available on the web site. Here are the important dates to keep in mind.

Employee Notifications sent by Employers – now through October 1st, 2013.
Employer Enrollment Starts on VHC – October 1st, 2013
Employees should select VHC Plans by – November 30, 2013
Employer Payment Due to VHC for January Coverage – December 21, 2013
VHC Coverage Effective – January 1, 2014

Here are a few upcoming Vermont Health Connect events in our area of the state, including one in Wilmington on 10/9 where they will be doing actual enrollments for people.

Southeastern Vermont Career Expo
Questions about Vermont Health Connect? Navigators from Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) are hosting a table at the Southeastern Vermont Career Expo to help you find answers.
Location: Quality Inn – 1380 Putney Rd., Brattleboro, VT
Event Date: Thursday, September 26, 2013: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

VBSR Office Hours, Bennington
Stop in and meet with a Vermont Health Connect Navigator to learn about the new health insurance marketplace and what options are best for your business and employees.
Location: Bennington Free Library, Bank North Room – 101 Silver St., Bennington, VT 05201
Event Date: Tuesday, October 08, 2013: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Community Forum and Enrollment Event, Wilmington Join us for a Countdown to Coverage community forum and enrollment event!
Lindsey Tucker, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access, will present an overview of Vermont Health Connect, the state’s new insurance marketplace. Navigators (Vermont’s in-person assisters) will be on-site to help you enroll and answer your questions following the presentation.This event is sponsored by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Foundation and the Deerfield Valley Regional Advisory Board.
Location: Memorial Hall – 4 West Main Street, Wilmington, VT 05363
Event Date: Wednesday, October 09, 2013: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

National Wildlife Art Exhibition in Vermont

When The Bennington Center for the Arts opened its doors in 1994 the very first exhibition on display was the 34th annual exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists. The group is back, now with its 53rd annual show, and artists from around the country will be coming in for the opening reception and weekend activities on October 5.
This prestigious group came together in the 1950s when a group of nine artists mounted an exhibition titled Animals in the Bronx Zoo, sponsored by the New York Zoological Society. The enthusiastic public response to their exhibition inspired Patricia Allen Bott and Guido Borghi to form the Society of Animal Artists. Today there are almost 500 members residing in the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe, South America, Asia and Japan. The Society is dedicated to the portrayal of living heritage and its preservation through demonstrations, education and exhibitions such as the one at the center.
Visitors can also expect to see a wide variety of styles in the show from artists of differing backgrounds. There are pieces that are very contemporary, such as the stylized bronze bison by Sandy Graves from Colorado or Tokyo native Sadao Naito’s modern interpretation of a hawk study. Those that lean to the romantic style of painting will not be disappointed. Jeff Gandert’s Out from Under is just one of these paintings. Depicting a giraffe, the painting has the warm glow and soft touch reminiscent of the European masters. The exhibition and sale runs through Thursday, October 31 after which time it will begin its national tour.
The opening events take place this weekend, October 5 – 6. Artists will be in attendance throughout the day on Saturday and lectures geared toward artist education will take place Saturday afternoon. A reception opens at 7 pm on Saturday at which beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The public is welcome to attend all day, free of charge.
Other shows on exhibit at the center this weekend include the Laumeister Fine Art Competition, juried by Fine Art Connoisseur magazine’s editor, Peter Trippi and paintings created around the area during the Plein Air Vermont events the first weekend in September.
For more information go to or call 802-742-7158.