This page will include information with tips on using MarylandHealthConnection.gov. Please check back frequently, as we are making improvements to the site each day.
Update as of April 20, 2014 at 12:00am
Open Enrollment has Ended
The open enrollment period to purchase a qualified health plan is now closed. The next open enrollment will begin Nov. 15, 2014.
After Open Enrollment, you can enroll in private coverage only if you have a qualifying event such as marriage, having a baby or loss of current coverage. See if you can still get covered.
If you qualify for Medicaid or MCHP (Maryland Children’s Health Insurance Plan), you can enroll online year round.
Enrollment, Effective Date and Payment Deadlines
Please see the following chart for enrollment deadlines for qualified health plans. As a reminder, enrollment for Medicaid is year round.
Coverage Effective Date
|January 18, 2014||February 1, 2014||February 15, 2014|
|February 18, 2014||March 1, 2014||March 15, 2014|
|March 18, 2014||April 1, 2014||April 15, 2014|
|March 31, 2014||May 1, 2014||May 15, 2014|
Timing of Payments and Insurance Company Contacts
Learn more about when payment is due for your coverage to start and how to get help from the insurance company you chose with this guide.
Check which physicians are in which plans
If you are interested in understanding which health plans a particular doctor participates in, please visit https://providersearch.crisphealth.org – a new service sponsored by Maryland Health Connection. This service substitutes for the (future) physician search feature in Maryland Health Connection, which is not yet active and will not return the names of physicians at this time.
AUTHORIZED INSURANCE BROKERS AVAILABLE STATEWIDE TO ASSIST WITH ENROLLMENT
Maryland Health Connection has partnered with insurance brokers throughout the country who can help you understand your insurance plan options. These licensed professionals have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the process of selecting a plan that works for you and your family. A directory of insurance brokers authorized by Maryland Health Connection is available to help you find the plan. The directory will be updated weekly as more authorized insurance brokers ask to be included.
Consumer Support Center Call Volume
Maryland Health Connection’s consumer support center sometimes experiences high call volumes and wait times can be longer than anticipated. During this time you can get assistance from the following resources:
- Online: For general information visit MarylandHealthConnection.gov.
- In-Person: Our local consumer assistance organizations offer in-person assistance throughout Maryland. Contact information and hours of operation are available at MarylandHealthConnection.gov.
Password Reset, User Name Update or Changing Security Questions
You can retrieve your username if you forgot it; change your password; or change your security questions after you have created an account if you need to. See this step by step guide or call the consumer support center for help at 1-855-642-8572 or 1-855-642-8573 for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Resuming an Application
Upon returning to Maryland Health Connection to finish a previously started application, DO NOT click on the “Click Here to Apply Now” button. Instead, click the “Resume Application” button on the home page and then on “resume application” on the following page to continue your application.
RESOLVING ISSUES WITH DIFFERENT BROWSERS
For the best consumer experience online use Internet Explorer v8 or v10 or Firefox until an update is provided on any changes to the Chrome experience.
Application Tip: COUNTY REQUIRED
When filling out the application, if you provide a Maryland address, you will be required to provide the appropriate county. While this field is not marked with an asterisk, it is required in this situation.
Review out-of-pocket costs carefully
The application’s built in calculator may underestimate total out-of-pocket costs in some cases. Remember that if you are eligible for reductions in cost sharing, only silver plans will qualify. So a bronze plan might cost less in premium, but more in total out of pocket cost. We expect this to be fixed in the very near future, so if you would prefer, please check back in the next several weeks.
NOW SUPPORTING ELIGIBILITY FOR THE FOLLOWING:
Our system has been upgraded to support the following conditions:
- Non-parent caretakers
- Nineteen year olds who were foster children on their 18th birthday
- Primary applicants with an out-of-state fixed address
- Households with a tax filer who is claimed as a dependent on a non-household member’s tax return
- Individuals who have access to employer-sponsored coverage and are seeking financial assistance
- Complex households with 6 or more members (i.e. households other than two-parent, four or more child households)
Let us know how it goes
Like all new software programs on their launch, the application may have some bugs and glitches. If you run into any issues, you can provide feedback at marylandhealthconnection.gov.