This tax season, you will be able to sign up for health coverage through an innovative new pilot program.
Beginning in 2020, you can indicate on your tax return if you would like the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, the state agency that runs Maryland Health Connection, to estimate your eligibility for coverage. If you file your taxes by July 15, this selection launches an easy process that will help you enroll.
- Check the Box: If you’ve filed taxes before, you may remember a question that asks if you have health insurance. This year, you’ll see a new question on your state tax forms (502 and 502B). This question will ask if you want to share some of your information, like your household size and income. By checking the box on the tax return, you are giving permission for the Comptroller to share information with Maryland Health Connection.
- File your taxes. If you check the box, after you file your taxes, the Comptroller of Maryland will share the information you provided with Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, the agency that runs Maryland Health Connection. We will check to see if you may be eligible for free or low-cost health coverage.
- Receive a letter: Shortly after you file your taxes, we will mail you a letter explaining your eligibility for free or low-cost health coverage. Many Marylanders qualify for savings. In fact, 9 in 10 Marylanders who enrolled through Maryland Health Connection last year got savings. You will have 35 days from the date on your letter to sign up for a health plan and access these savings.
- Enroll through Maryland Health Connection: Once you receive your letter you can login into your account or create an account to explore your health plan options and enroll. When you begin your application, a new Special Enrollment question will ask if you or a household member received a “Tax Time SEP” notice. If anyone in your household is already enrolled, you can still add uninsured household members under “Reason for Change.” You can also apply by phone by calling 1-855-642-8572 or get free, in-person assistance from a certified navigator. Contact information for navigators is included in your letter. Remember, you only have 35 days to enroll!