Local mom Heather H. stopped by our Maryland Health Connection booth at Baltimore Pride 2018 recently, and told us her health coverage story. Heather has three children, all covered by health insurance through Maryland Health Connection. She stressed how important it is that her children are covered in order to keep up with necessary shots, annual exams, and overall health.
She was especially thankful for her family’s coverage when her 6-month-old daughter had an abscess on a lymph node, and had to spend two weeks in the hospital. Her little fighter overcame that scary time, and her health plan covered much of the cost. All that remains now is a tiny scar and a happy family.
Whether you’re a new mom or have watched your children grow into young adults, Maryland Health Connection plans protect your kids until age 26. New mothers can change plans or enroll in a new plan within 60 days of giving birth, even outside of the Open Enrollment period (Nov. 1 to Dec. 15). Plans cover maternal care, newborn immunizations and checkups, breastfeeding support, and pediatric care, including dental and vision. Click here to see the full list of children’s services that plans cover. Maryland Health Connection is the only place you can get financial help with a health plan. You also may enroll in free coverage through Medicaid if you qualify.
Without health coverage, Heather’s life would look a lot different. She may not have been able to afford the treatment her baby needed to be a healthy toddler. As a single mom, Heather said she recognizes that things would be a lot tighter financially without coverage due to medical bills, and she has the peace of mind that comes with having health insurance.
Her main motivator for staying enrolled? “To keep my kids healthy,” Heather replied with a smile.
About Maryland Health Connection
Maryland Health Connection is Maryland’s official health insurance marketplace for individuals and families to compare plans and enroll in health and dental coverage. It’s the only place to get financial help with health insurance. See if you qualify for financial help like tax credits or Medicaid/MCHP to make health insurance more affordable.