How are Social Security numbers used by Maryland Health Connection?

Maryland Health Connection uses your Social Security number to verify household income and other information in your application to determine whether you’re eligible for financial help to lower health coverage costs.

When you apply, Maryland Health Connection is required by federal law to verify your SSN with the Social Security Administration to ensure that it was issued to that individual, and your SSN may be used to verify household size and income with the Internal Revenue Service.

Your SSN also may be verified through secure electronic data matches with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to confirm the citizenship and/or immigration status of people applying for coverage. SSNs collected through Maryland Health Connection are not used for immigration enforcement purposes.

After you enroll, your SSN may be used to verify continued eligibility and in reports to the IRS about your enrollment and eligibility for premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions.

To maintain operation of the marketplace, Maryland Health Connection may share your SSN with marketplace contractors, other federal or state agencies responding to concerns about security, and the insurance company that issues your plan.

For more information, see Maryland Health Connection’s Privacy Notice.