Special Enrollment Period Leads to Nearly 60,000 Marylanders Gaining Health Insurance

maryland health connectionMaryland’s two special enrollment periods have resulted in over 58,000 Marylanders gaining health insurance. 

The innovative Maryland Health Insurance Easy Enrollment program launched in February allowed people to seek enrollment information via their tax returns. The special enrollment period launched in March and extended to July 15 was part of Governor Larry Hogan’s COVID-19 State of Emergency Order over the coronavirus pandemic.

From Eye on Annapolis:

Since February:

  • More than 41,000 filers checked the box
  • More than 3,700 enrolled as of July 13

Since March 16 when the coronavirus special enrollment period began, 54,028 enrolled. Of those:

  • 35 percent purchased private plans
  • 65 percent enrolled in Medicaid
  • 90 percent of enrollees received free or reduced cost coverage
  • Prince George’s County had the highest enrollment with 10,897; Montgomery County had nearly as many, with 10,594
  • Ages 18-34 made up 35 percent of enrollments
  • Nearly a third were self-reported Black/African American, the largest group of enrollees

The article notes final enrollment numbers are still pending.

For more information:

Nearly 60,000 gain health insurance during Maryland’s two special enrollment periods (Eye on Annapolis)

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Health Insurance Emergency Special Enrollment Deadline Extended to July 15