Enrollment for State Health Insurance Marketplace open

Enrollment for State Health Insurance Marketplace open through December 15 for 2021 plans COURTESY PHOTO

Baltimore— Maryland Health Connection, the state’s health insurance marketplace is open for the enrollment season. The online marketplace, MarylandHealthConnection.gov, will provide a one-stop shop for Marylanders to compare and select private health plans through December 15, 2020 for coverage that starts January 1, 2021.

Last year, nine out of 10 who enrolled got financial help to lower the cost of their coverage.

Health plan rates have dropped by an average of 31 percent since 2018. Also, in addition to CareFirst and Kaiser Permanente, a third health insurer, UnitedHealthcare, returns to the marketplace, with plans in 14 counties.

Value Plans, a popular choice unveiled last year, offer lower deductibles and increased access to primary care, mental health care, and generic drugs before deductibles apply. All health plans include important benefits, like COVID- 19 testing and treatment, substance use disorder treatment, doctor visits and more.

“During this challenging time, we are hopeful that because most people will benefit from decreased plan prices for the third year in a row, we can provide accessible, affordable coverage to even more Marylanders,” said Michele Eberle, executive director of Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. It’s more important than ever to make sure you and your family have access to health care.”

Consumers can enroll online at MarylandHealthConnection.gov, through the free “Enroll MHC” mobile app, or by calling 1-855-642-8572. Also, more than 700 trained brokers and navigators are available to help by phone and virtually.

This open enrollment period is for private health and dental plans only. People who have coverage through Medicaid will receive a notice when it’s time to renew. Those who qualify for Medicaid may enroll any time of year.