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Second Open Enrollment Information

Maryland's exchange,, is open for all consumers to sign up for health insurance or do anonymous browsing to learn about available plans, get an estimate of financial assistance and compare their health insurance options without having to enter personal information.  Consumers can get assistance in multiple ways.

  • The call center is open to take phone applications at 855-642-8572 (TTY 855-642-8573).   
  • All authorized insurance brokers (producers) and navigators are able to complete enrollments through the website and also provide in-person consumer assistance.
  • The 6 Connector entities across the state provide in person assistance to consumers

Don't Forget:
Feb. 15  is the last day to apply for a new QHP effective January 1, 2015 and to reapply for financial assistance to ensure that this is applied to your 2015 QHP premiums starting on January 1.

Upcoming Enrollment Events - Get free in-person enrollment assistance:
Germantown - January 31, 10am-4pm
Capitol Heights - January 31, 10am-2pm
Baltimore - February 7, 10a,-4pm
Salisbury - February 7, 10am-2pm
Columbia - February 7, 10am-2pm

Get the full address of the event and register here.

As of January 22, Maryland Health Connection has enrolled 185,199 people — including 93,806 in Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) and 91,393 in Medicaid. See the full report.


Leni Preston Honored for Her Achievements as a Leading Health Care Advocate


On January 23, the Coalition's Chair, received the 2015 Consumer Health Advocate of the Year Award from Phillipe Villers, President and Co-Founder of Families USA.   This award has been given each year since 1998 to recognize individuals who have made an "outstanding contribution on behalf of our nation's health care consumers.   The award was presented to Leni in recognition of her dedicated efforts to improve the lives of Marylanders by making quality health care affordable and accessible to everyone in the state.

Ron Pollack, Executive Director said, "Nothing gets past Leni Preston.  Her expertise and work ethic make her an incredible partner in the world of advocacy. I can always rely on her to be the first person to jump in with ideas, resources, and leadership on campaigns to improve health care."

Upon receiving the award she said, "It is a distinct honor to receive the 2015 Families USA Consumer Health Advocate of the Year Award.  But, I share this with our entire Steering Committee - Leigh Cobb, Adrienne Ellis, Mary Lou Fox, Debra Hickman, Ellen Weber and Susan Wood.  They are the Coalition's brain trust. And our work would not be possible without the expertise of our national partners including Families USA and a network of strong partners around the state.    Together we are proud of Maryland's leadership role on health care reform, But there is much work to be done. We look forward to working with Governor Hogan, the new administration, and our colleagues throughout Maryland and across the country so that all people have access to the health care they need and deserve." 

Read her full remarks


Hurdles Leave Many Marylanders without Access to Needed Psychiatric Services

A new report finds that inaccurate listings and long wait times prevent many Marylanders from getting psychiatric care.  

Marylanders seeking psychiatric services can face significant hurdles, delaying or preventing them from getting the care they need, a new report from The Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD) concludes.

The report, Access to Psychiatrists in 2014 Qualified Health Plans, written by The Maryland Parity Project, details the difficulties Marylanders encounter when they attempt to contact psychiatrists or make an appointment. MHAMD performed this study to assess the accuracy and adequacy of the psychiatric networks of commercial insurers. The 2014 Qualified Health Plans (QHP) sold through the Maryland Health Connection were chosen for analysis because they are the only network listings that are public. Researchers spent six months attempting to contact psychiatrists to determine their availability and whether they were taking new patients. 

Read the full report.
Read the press release.

2014 Tax Preperation

Consumers who received financial assistance for insurance in 2014 should expect to receive information from MHBE regarding what they will need to do.  Before then, HHS has provided some tools and here's a useful post by Tim Jost on the subject.  Don't forget to check out the tax section of our Eligibility and Enrollment page.


Picking the Right Plan and Using It Wisely

Get access to many resources on how to select the best plan for you and your family.

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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.

View a presentation about the “New All-Payer Model.” 

Watch YouTube videos that explain the changes that are underway in hospitals across the state.

Get Engaged!  Learn more about the Consumer Engagement Task Force and attend the meetings in person or via webinar.

The Task Force is led by Coalition Chair, Leni Preston.  Contact her for more information.

Attend a public forum on the issue - view details and more information.

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


2015: A New Governor and General Assembly

There will be lots of new faces in 2015 with the inauguration of Governor Hogan on January 21 and the opening of the General Assembly.

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