September 15 - October 15
During Hispanic Heritage Month, which is September 15 to October 15, we celebrate the achievements of Hispanic Marylanders, including improved access to quality health coverage.
At the recent sixth annual Maryland Latino Fest in Timonium, which celebrates Hispanic culture, music and food, Marylanders like Elena told us about the importance of health coverage for her baby to give him the best care possible. Health plans cover pediatric care, including preventive screenings and vaccinations.
And enrollee Jason told Juan, a trained enrollment navigator with our partner HealthCare Access Maryland, how happy he has been with his coverage.
Yajaira also told us about her pleasant enrollment experience.
“Una experiencia muy bonita, con gente muy responsable, amable, entregada a su trabajo,” dice Yajaira.
A very lovely experience, with really responsible, kind people who are very dedicated to their work.
Starting November 1, Marylanders can enroll in 2018 health plans through MarylandHealthConnection.gov or through the Enroll MHC mobile app, both available in English and Spanish. Open enrollment for private health and dental plans ends December 15, while enrollment in Medicaid and the Maryland Children’s Health Program continues year-round.
In addition to participating in this year’s Maryland Latino Festival, Maryland Health Connection has participated in radio interviews on El Zol; with TV program “DC Contigo” with Pedro Biaggi on Univision; with TV program “Que Pasa?” with Betty Valdes, and with “La Hora de la Mujer” on Radio La Autentika.
This November, “Beat the Rush” enrollment events are planned in Highlandtown in Baltimore and in Hyattsville, communities with large Hispanic populations. Visit MarylandHealthConnection.gov/beattherush for event details and more locations for free, in-person help.
Health Coverage Gains
Across Maryland, we have been working with community partners 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 Hispanic Marylanders have decreased by 11 percentage points, from 18% in 2013 to 7% in 2016.
Our goal at Maryland Health Connection is to get everyone who is eligible to enroll the affordable coverage they need. For Marylanders in families where not everyone has a legal immigration status, we have important reminders about your right to access health coverage:
- 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.
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.