Special Enrollment Period Begins For Maryland Health Exchange

The deadline to enroll is March 15th, 2021.



Annapolis, Md (KM) From now until March 15th, residents who don’t have health insurance can enroll through the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. The Governor’s Office says this new special enrollment period is the result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the increase in the state’s positivity rate.

Insurance obtained through the Health Benefit Exchange can includes private insurance plans and Medicaid. It can cover costs associated with coronavirus tests at doctors’ offices, urgent care centers or emergency rooms.

Coverage dates will be based on when a Marylander enrolls in a plan:

*Enroll January 4th through January 15th, coverage starts January 1st.
*Enroll January 16th through February 15th, coverage starts February 1st.
*Enroll February 16th through March 15th, coverage starts on March 1st.

“We are encouraged by the overwhelming response during last year’s special enrollment period,” said Michele Eberle, the Executive Director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. “As the pandemic continues and job loss remain an acute consequence, we are working to make health coverage accessible to all and to support the diverse communities in Maryland.

The Governor’s Office says during the last COVID-19 special enrollment period from March through December 15th of last year, nearly 107,000 Marylanders enrolled, with 35,000 in private health care plans, and 72,000 in Medicaid.

To enroll, go on line to marylandhealthconnection.gov.


By Kevin McManus