How To Sign Up for Obamacare in Maryland
To sign up for a health plan under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) you can go directly to the online health insurance marketplace for Maryland -- or you can get help in person or over the phone.
For 2020 health plans, Maryland open enrollment ended on December 15, 2019. However, you may still be able to purchase health insurance for this year if you qualify for a special enrollment period; see What Happens If I Missed the Enrollment Deadline for 2020?
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 Obamacare. If you see a plan you like, you'll be guided through the enrollment process online.
Getting In-Person 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 assistance from a certified “Connector.”
Connectors -- also called “navigators” or “assisters” -- 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.
Private insurance agents or brokers can also help you understand your health care coverage options under Obamacare. Unlike government-trained navigators and counselors, they are allowed to suggest the best plan for you.
Find a helper. To find a Maryland certified connector, go to the enrollment help page at Maryland Health Connection.
Talk to a broker. 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 8AM to 6PM. Currently, the support center is closed on Saturday and Sunday, but they may add more hours during open enrollment.
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