As part of the state’s overall response to the coronavirus, and in an effort to prioritize health and safety, Maryland Health Connection opened a new special enrollment period for uninsured Marylanders to enroll in a private health plan. Here’s what you need to know:
When your coverage begins
The coronavirus emergency special enrollment period will begin immediately and ends Sunday, Aug 15. Here are the dates coverage will begin, depending on what day you enrolled in a health plan:
Enroll Feb. 16–March 15, coverage starts March 1
Enroll March 16–April 15, coverage starts April 1
Enroll April 16–May 15, coverage starts May 1
Enroll May 16-June 15, coverage starts June 1
Enroll June 16-July 15, coverage starts July 1
Enroll July 16-Aug. 15, coverage starts Aug. 1
How do I enroll?
To enroll, visit MarylandHealthConnection.gov or download the free “Enroll MHC” mobile app. Select “Coronavirus Emergency Special Enrollment Period.”
This enrollment period is for new enrollments of uninsured Marylanders who are eligible, not an opportunity for currently enrolled consumers to change plans. It is for private health plans only. If you are eligible for Medicaid, you can enroll any time of year.
Get help enrolling
Free consumer assistance is available by calling 855-642-8572 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Deaf and hard of hearing use Relay. Help is available in more than 200 languages.
We encourage you to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) for all health-related coronavirus questions.
What you need to apply
Social Security numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants)
Proof of citizenship or immigration status
Tax returns for previous years
Employer and income info (pay stubs, W-2 forms)
Policy numbers for any current health insurance
Information about any job-related coverage you or someone in your household is eligible for
Is Coronavirus care covered under a Maryland Health Connection plan or Medicaid?
Yes. Health insurance companies are required to waive cost-sharing, including lab fees, co-payments, coinsurance, and deductibles for any visit to test for coronavirus at a doctor’s office, urgent care center, or emergency room.
Can you qualify for the Coronavirus Emergency Special Enrollment Period even if you’re not sick?
Yes. All eligible, uninsured Marylanders may qualify for this emergency special enrollment period.
Maryland Health Connection P.O. Box 857 Lanham, MD 20703.