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Join us at the 6th Annual Maryland Latino Festival

maryland latino festivalJoin us this Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 5 and 6) at the Maryland Latino Festival! We’ll have a tent available both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with information about affordable health coverage options for Marylanders and their families, including recent immigrants.

Maryland Health Connection’s open enrollment for 2018 health and dental plans starts November 1, but many people can still get covered now if they’ve experienced certain life events. Plus, enrollment in Medicaid and the Maryland Children’s Health Program is year-round. Nine out of 10 people who enrolled last year qualified for financial help to make coverage more affordable.

Maryland Latino Fest, held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, celebrates Hispanic culture, music and food. This year, the festival features popular Latino artists such as Bad Bunny, Frank Reyes, Nayi Escalona, Tierra Cali and more.

Look for us in front of the children’s play area, where we’ll have a table set up with our partner HealthCare Access Maryland. Visit MarylandFest.com for event details.

Health coverage and protections for Hispanic Marylanders

We’ve been working to increase health coverage especially among Latinos, who have had the highest uninsured rates of any racial or ethnic group in the U.S. Uninsured rates for Latino Marylanders decreased from 18% in 2013 to 7% in 2016. Efforts with our community partners have included the “Latino Health Resource Zone” enrollment event hosted by HealthCare Access Maryland in Baltimore’s Highlandtown neighborhood. We also appreciate the support of other partners like CASA de Maryland, Esperanza Center, and El Zol radio.

Here are a few things immigrant families need to know when applying for health coverage through Maryland Health Connection:

  • Applying for health coverage does not allow another agency, such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), to get access to your personal information.
  • You can still apply for health coverage through Maryland Health Connection even if not all of your family members have an immigration status that qualifies them for coverage. Individuals who are not requesting coverage will not be asked about their immigration status.
  • Enrolling in health coverage will not prevent your loved ones who are undocumented from getting a green card or other legal documentation in the future.
  • Learn more here about protections for immigrant families

Help us keep up this positive momentum of getting more Marylanders enrolled! Connect with us this weekend at El Festival Latino de Maryland in Timonium and tell a friend to #asegúrate.

About Maryland Health Connection

Maryland Health Connection is Maryland’s official health insurance marketplace for individuals and families to compare plans and enroll in health and dental coverage. It’s the only place to get financial help with health insurance. See if you qualify for financial help like tax credits or Medicaid/MCHP to make health insurance more affordable.

Visit MarylandHealthConnection.gov to enroll, or download our free Enroll MHC mobile app for Android and iPhone.

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