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What if I’m eligible for a Special Enrollment Period, but other members of my household are not?

When one household member experiences a qualifying life event and is eligible for a Special Enrollment Period, all household members may enroll in the newly selected health plan (even if the other household members are not currently enrolled in coverage through Maryland Health Connection). All household members must still meet …

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What life events may qualify me to enroll?

There are a variety of life events and circumstances that may allow you to enroll in a qualified health plan through Maryland Health Connection or change your current plan. Whether you qualify for a special enrollment period depends on the type of event and how it affects your eligibility for …

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What is a Special Enrollment Period?

A Special Enrollment Period allows you to enroll in a qualified health plan through Maryland Health Connection or change your current plan outside of the annual open enrollment period. You may newly enroll or change plans only if you have certain life events and are otherwise eligible to enroll in coverage through …

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How can I apply for Medicaid now or find out if I’m eligible?

Enrollment in Medicaid and the Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) is year round. You can enroll in Medicaid/MCHP at any time if you qualify. You may be eligible for Medicaid now, even if you weren’t in the past. The best way to know if you’re eligible for Medicaid is to …

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What should I do if I still need to enroll?

Outside of the annual Open Enrollment period, you may be able to buy or change a plan if you've had a major life event or special circumstance such as getting married, having a baby or losing health coverage. If you qualify for Medicaid, you may enroll year-round. If you think …

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What if I am eligible to change plans but I don't, or am unable to?

If you have contacted the Call Center and are eligible to select a different plan but do not within 60 days, your current enrollment will not change except for any changes to your tax credit amount, which will be sent to your insurance company. If factors beyond your control prevent …

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What if the amount of my tax credit changes but I don't qualify to change plans?

If you are currently enrolled in a qualified health plan through Maryland Health Connection and experience a change in income or other life event that changes your tax credit amount but you do not qualify for a special enrollment period, the new amount of tax credit will be sent to …

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What if I am newly eligible for Medicaid or MCHP?

If you are newly eligible for Medicaid or MCHP, this coverage becomes effective retroactive to the 1st of the month in which you newly qualify for Medicaid or MCHP. If you are enrolled in a qualified health plan through Maryland Health Connection when you become eligible for Medicaid or MCHP, …

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When does my plan change become effective?

For most life events, if you qualify for a special enrollment period to change plans and report your new plan selection to Maryland Health Connection between the 1st and the 15th of the month, your coverage will begin on the 1st of the following month. If you report your new …

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I applied for Medicaid but I'm not eligible. What should I do?

If you do not qualify for Medicaid, you may be able to buy a plan now if you have special circumstances like getting married, having a baby or losing other health coverage. If you think you may qualify to buy coverage now, enroll online at MarylandHealthConnection.gov, call our Consumer Support Center at …

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