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Disponible en inglés: Can a same-sex married couple obtain health coverage through Maryland Health Connection in the same way that heterosexual married couples do?

Disponible en inglés: Yes. In Maryland, “marriage” is defined as the legal union of two persons. So, same-sex married couples are treated exactly the same way in Maryland as heterosexual married couples when it comes to evaluating whether they qualify for assistance in purchasing health coverage.

Remember that all married couples can qualify for premium tax credits and/or cost-sharing reductions through Maryland Health Connection plans only if they intend to file a joint federal tax return for the year they’re getting coverage (unless they meet certain exceptions).

If you qualify to file taxes as the “Head of Household” or you meet certain special circumstances, including if you are the victim of domestic violence, you may be exempt from the requirement to file taxes jointly. If you believe you may qualify for an exception from the joint filing requirement, you should contact Maryland Health Connection at 1-855-642-8572 (TTY: 1-855-642-8573) to proceed with your application.

Married couples are not required to file taxes or file their taxes jointly to be determined eligible for Medicaid.