Updated: 2021-04-07 by
It's not too late to sign up for 2021 health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland has announced a special enrollment period for health plan signups for uninsured residents. The enrollment period closes at the end of the day on August 15, 2021.
To get covered, you can go directly to the online health insurance marketplace for Maryland. If you need personalized help, you can reach out to an enrollment assistant. Most enrollment helpers are working remotely during the COVID crisis.
Where's the Maryland Health Care Exchange?
You can find the health insurance exchange for Maryland at Maryland Health Connection. This is where you can learn about the various health insurance options available to you under the Affordable Care Act. If you see a plan you like, you'll be guided through the enrollment process online.
Getting Personalized Help with Enrollment
In Maryland, if you need help understanding your options for coverage under Obamacare or signing up for a plan, you can get free help from a certified application counselor or a licensed insurance agent or broker.
An application counselor can explain your options, answer your questions, and help you apply for the plan you choose, but they can't recommend a specific plan for you.
To find a Maryland certified application counselor, go to the Get Help Enrolling page at Maryland Health Connection. From there, you can choose the kind of assistance you want and enter your location to find helpers near you.
Private insurance agents or brokers can also help you understand your health care coverage options under Obamacare. Unlike government-trained assistants, they are allowed to suggest the best plan for you.
To directly connect with a Maryland insurance broker who can help you evaluate insurance plans and choose a plan that's appropriate for your situation, call 800-943-6832. (We receive advertising income from the licensed brokers who offer their services through this telephone number.)
Getting Help by Phone
If you want answers over the phone, call the toll-free number for Maryland Health Connection at 855-642-8572. If you are hearing impaired, please call the TTY line: 855-642-8573.
Telephone support is available Monday-Friday from 8 AM to 6 PM. Currently, the support center is closed on Saturday and Sunday, but they may add more hours during open enrollment.
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