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Health Insurance Enrollment through Maryland Health Connection Starts Nov. 1

 

Snow Hill, MD (Oct. 28, 2019) – Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester County residents can enroll in health and dental coverage through Maryland Health Connection beginning Friday, Nov. 1. Maryland Health Connection is the state’s official health insurance marketplace. MarylandHealthConnection.gov is a one-stop shop to browse plans, compare coverage and costs, and enroll. Residents have until Sunday, Dec. 15, to sign up for 2020 coverage.

This year, health plan rates have dropped by an average of 10 percent. New plans this year, Value Plans, offer lower out-of-pocket costs and more services before you have to meet the deductible. “We are extremely pleased that for the second year in a row, most plans offered through Maryland Health Connection will offer lower monthly rates for consumers,” said Michele Eberle, executive director of Maryland Health Benefit Exchange.
Last year, nine out of 10 Marylanders who enrolled through Maryland Health Connection received financial help to cover some or all of their costs. Those who need assistance signing up for a health plan can get free, in-person help from a certified health insurance navigator in their local community. Assistance also is available in additional languages, as requested.

“Our local navigators are committed to helping their neighbors find a health plan that works for their needs and their budget,” said Mandy Baum, Program Coordinator of the Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program. “We have offices across the region, and events where trained staff are available to help Marylanders enroll.”

“I know that having health insurance gives people peace of mind,” said Amanda Holden, a navigator. “My job is to make it easier for you to review your options and help you find the most savings.”

Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester County residents can get help signing up by:

• Calling 1(855)445-5540, to schedule an appointment with a Certified Navigator
• Going to a free event:
Friday, November 1, 2019. 4:00pm-8:00pm
Somerset County Health Department
8928 Sign Post Road
Westover, MD 21871
• Saturday, November 2, 2019. 9:00am-2:00pm
Berlin Health Center
9730 Healthway Drive
Berlin, MD 21811
• Saturday, November 2, 2019
Lower Shore American Job Center
31901 Tri-County Way
Salisbury, MD 21804

Open enrollment is for private health plans and dental plans only. People who qualify for Medicaid can apply any time of year. They will receive a notice when it’s time to renew.
To learn more about 2020 health insurance plans and prices, Marylanders can visit MarylandHealthConnection.gov today. To find free, in-person help at an upcoming event, visit MarylandHealthConnection.gov/GetConnected.

The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, a public corporation and independent unit of state government, administers Maryland Health Connection. Including more than 1 million people enrolled in Medicaid, MHBE enrolls one of every six Marylanders in health coverage.
Maryland Health Connection is the state's official health insurance marketplace for individuals and families to compare and enroll in health insurance. Maryland Health Connection is the only place where Marylanders can access tax credits to make coverage more affordable. People who have lost coverage and meet the criteria for a special enrollment can enroll throughout the year at MarylandHealthConnection.gov or on the Enroll MHC mobile app. People who qualify for Medicaid can apply any time of year. They will receive a notice when it’s time to renew.

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