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Second Open Enrollment Information

Starting November 9, the redesigned exchange will be rolled out with a series of events, including a more intensive campaign of in-person assistance to help consumers and businesses during the upcoming season of open enrollment:

Nov. 9 -- Anonymous browsing begins on Consumers can use the website to learn about available plans, get an estimate of financial assistance and begin comparing their health insurance options without having to enter personal information. This feature will continue throughout open enrollment.

Nov. 15 -- The first HealthConnectNow! sign-up event will be held. About 25 sign-up events are being scheduled throughout Maryland -- four times the number held during the first open enrollment. Details about times, dates and locations will be announced in the coming weeks.

Nov. 16 -- The call center opens to take phone applications at 855-642-8572 (TTY 855-642-8573).

Nov. 17 -- All authorized insurance brokers (producers) and navigators are able to complete enrollments through the website and also provide in-person consumer assistance.

Nov. 18 – All caseworkers at local health departments and departments of social services begin enrolling consumers through the website. Medicaid applications (currently completed through SAIL) will be directed through

Nov. 19 -- Self-service enrollment through the website becomes available for the first time to the general public and all other stakeholders.

Health Care Reform Engagement Party

We had a wonderful Health Care Reform Engagement Party on September 19th 2014 in Annapolis. Agenda  included Maryland's initiatives to improve population health and health outcomes and reduce costs. We also discussed a consumer and engagement campaign. See speaker bios, powerpoint presentations and more

How Does Where You Work Affect Your Contraceptive Coverage?

See Kaiser Family Foundation's helpful infographic and fact sheet to find out.

Maryland’s Insurance Commissioner approves rates for 2015 Health Insurance Plans

In response to recent news, the Coalition Chair said,  “The Coalition is pleased that, in considering the requested rates, the Commissioner put the interests of consumers above those of the insurance carriers.  We anticipate that, once again, Maryland will have among the lowest premium rates in the country.”  Read the MIA’s press release and see the approved rates.

Look Back. Move Forward.

On July 21, 2014, the Coalition and the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, with support from the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, hosted a convening for representatives from Maryland's Connector Entities and others providing consumer assistance on July 21, 2014. The final report and more information and resources are now avaliable.

MD Health Benefit Exchange

As Maryland Health Connection moves to a new IT platform it closed its current portal on July 18, 2014.   But, you may be eligible for a special enrollment before the next open enrollment period starting onNovember 15, 2014.  Learn more – link to that page w/ info.  Medicaid and CHIP eligible individuals can enroll at any time.  Contact the local connector entity (link), health department or department of social services or call 1.855.642.8572.

The Exchange’s August 29 report cited that 355,281 individuals had enrolled in Medicaid and 78,666 individuals were enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP).

Making Health Care Delivery Work for Consumers

The Affordable Care Act creates new opportunities to promote a more cost-effective and patient-centered approaches to the delivery of health care.  As advocates, we are working to make sure that these work for consumers.  

State Innovation Model (SIM)

DHMH recently submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) its State Healthcare Innovation Plan, (SIM) with a proposal for a Community Integrated Medical Home model. Read our comments. The next step in the process is for DHMH to respond by late July to an official "Funding Opportunity Application." Further information will be posted as available.

All-Payer Hospital System Modernization (Medicare Waiver)

Maryland has received a waiver from CMS, which modernizes the state’s  unique all-payer rate-setting system for hospital services. View a presentation about the project.  

Learn more about Maryland’s payment and delivery system reform initiatives.