Renew or Change Your Health Plan for 2018
If you have a 2017 qualified health plan through Maryland Health Connection, there is an important deadline coming up. You have from November 1 to December 15, 2017, to update your information and change plans for 2018.
A notice in the mail or your online account will explain if you need to choose a new plan for 2018 or take any special steps to avoid losing coverage. Otherwise, you will be automatically renewed into your current plan or similar coverage.
Your important next steps:
Update your Maryland Health Connection application.
Review your information at MarylandHealthConnection.gov carefully, and use the “Change My Information” button if anything has changed.
If you don’t update your income and household information, your premium tax credit and other savings could be wrong for 2018.
Decide if you want to stay enrolled in this plan or choose a different one.
Plans and prices change every year. You may find a 2018 plan that is better for you and your family, especially if your current plan’s premium increased or you’ve had or expect income or household changes.
If you’re changing plans, be sure to check with your doctor to be sure they accept the new plan, so you pay less for services.
Get free help understanding your options.
If you’re not sure what steps you need to take, or want free help updating your information or choosing a plan for next year, call us at 1-855-642-8572 (TTY: 1-855-642-8573), or find free help near you.
Medicaid and MCHP renewals
If anyone in your household is enrolled in Medicaid or the Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP), they do not need to take any action during the open enrollment period unless they have received a notice telling them to renew coverage. Medicaid/MCHP enrollees generally renew coverage every 12 months.
How do I change plans or report a change in my information?
Log into your account at MarylandHealthConnection.gov, and use the “Change My Information” quick link. You should review the information carefully, make any changes needed, and then proceed through the rest of the application to complete the enrollment process.
You should make any changes by December 15 for them to be applied effective January 1. Any changes you make to your application in 2017 may also affect your eligibility for coverage and financial help in 2018.
(If any family members are covered through Medicaid, be sure to state in your application that they are applying for health coverage so that their coverage is not canceled.)
If you change insurance companies through Maryland Health Connection for 2018, you do not need to call to cancel your old plan, but you should stop automatic debits of your monthly bill before the end of the year, after you pay your December 2017 premium.
When will my new plan start?
Your new coverage will begin January 1, 2018.
What if I want to end my health insurance coverage through Maryland Health Connection?
If you no longer want to be enrolled in any plan through Maryland Health Connection (or Medicaid if you were found eligible) for 2018, log into your account at MarylandHealthConnection.gov between November 1 and December 31 to select “End My Coverage” and then select 2018 coverage. It’s important to cancel your plan or you may be responsible for bills next year.
Please note, if you were renewed into coverage for January 1 and want a different plan, be sure to change plans by December 15 using the "Change My Information" link on your account homepage.