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Maryland Expands Response to COVID-19 With Healthcare Open Enrollment

With many Marylanders now facing a loss of benefits, Governor Hogan has announced efforts to open healthcare enrollment for the uninsured

Maryland Health Connection opened the coronavirus emergency special enrollment period on Monday, March 16, and it will continue until Wednesday, April 15. Coverage will begin April 1, 2020, regardless of when a health plan is selected during that time period. This enrollment period is only for new enrollments of uninsured Marylanders who are eligible, not an opportunity for currently enrolled consumers to change plans.

To enroll, you can visit MarylandHealthConnection.gov or download the free “Enroll MHC” mobile app. When enrolling, you should request or select “Coronavirus Emergency Special Enrollment Period.”

Free consumer assistance is available by calling 855-642-8572 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Deaf and hard of hearing use Relay. Help is available in more than 200 languages. 

Documentation required to apply:

  • Birthdates
  • Social Security numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants)
  • Proof of citizenship or immigration status
  • Tax returns for previous years
  • Employer and income info (pay stubs, W-2 forms)
  • Policy numbers for any current health insurance
  • Information about any job-related coverage you or someone in your household is eligible for

Health insurance companies are required to waive cost-sharing, including lab fees, co-payments, coinsurance, and deductibles for any visit to test for coronavirus at a doctor’s office, urgent care center, or emergency room.

For those in Anne Arundel County needing assistance with food, we have compiled a list of Anne Arundel County Resources – From Pantries to Soup Kitchens and Pet, Baby, and Senior Pantries.- From Pantries to Soup Kitchens and Pet, Baby, and Senior Pantries.



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