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Do I have to file federal taxes and apply for insurance with my spouse if I’m a victim of domestic abuse, domestic violence, or spousal abandonment?

No, you don’t have to file jointly — and you can still qualify for a premium tax credit and other savings.

If you’re living apart from your spouse and are a victim of domestic abuse, domestic violence, or spousal abandonment and want to enroll in your own health plan separate from your abuser or abandoner, you can say you’re “unmarried” on your Maryland Health Connection application without fear of penalty for misstating your marital status.

This will let you (and possibly your dependents) qualify for premium tax credits and other savings based on your income.