Maryland Health Connection had a successful fifth open enrollment period, which ran from Nov. 1 to Dec. 22, 2017. Nearly 154,000 Marylanders enrolled in qualified health plans for 2018. Here are a few highlights from open enrollment:
- A total of 153,571 Marylanders enrolled in private health coverage for 2018.
- Consumers aged 18-34 made up 30 percent of total enrollments, the same as a year ago when Maryland ranked fifth in the nation for its percentage of young-adult enrollments.
- African-American enrollment totaled 25,738, up 12 percent from 23,078 last year. Hispanic enrollment totaled 18,044, up 10 percent from 16,455.
- Enrollment rose in rural areas, including an 11-percent increase in the Far Western region — Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties — and a 9-percent bump in the Lower Eastern Shore region including Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.
- For dental coverage, 39,334 Marylanders enrolled through Maryland Health Connection, either standalone or as part of their medical coverage.
- About 20 percent of enrollees — 30,238 — selected Gold plans with lower deductibles than most other metal levels. That was four times the percentage of Gold plans a year ago.
- Mobile app visitors totaled 287,378. That was up 99 percent from the 144,367 mobile app visitors a year ago, despite the shorter enrollment period.
- Visitors of MarylandHealthConnection.gov totaled 976,649, up 22 percent compared to 803,151 web visitors during the prior open enrollment.
Maryland’s percentage of residents without health insurance is at a historic low of 6.1 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Prior to the Affordable Care Act of 2010, an estimated 745,000 residents lacked insurance. Since then, more than 400,000 Marylanders have gained coverage through MarylandHealthConnection.gov – about 290,000 through Medicaid expansion and about 121,000 through private insurance with financial help.
“We are thrilled by the robust turnout for 2018 coverage,” said Michele Eberle, executive director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, which administers Maryland Health Connection. “Our hats are off to our call center, consumer assisters and brokers who helped process roughly as many enrollments as last year during a much shorter open enrollment period. We believe the result will be better access and better health outcomes for Maryland 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.