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Special enrollment period for insurance reopened

Maryland Health Benefit Exchange

ANNAPOLIS — The special enrollment period for uninsured Marylanders that closed July 15 has been reopened, according to a news release.

Gov. Larry Hogan was joined Aug. 7 by Insurance Commissioner Kathleen Birrane, insurance companies and the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange to announce the reopening of the coronavirus emergency special enrollment period until Dec. 15.

“The people of our great state have endured so many personal, medical, and economic challenges, and this crisis is not yet behind us,” Hogan said in a statement. “Reopening the special enrollment period is another way we are helping Marylanders weather this storm, get back on their feet, and recover.”

To enroll, visit MarylandHealthConnection.gov or download the free “Enroll MHC” mobile app.

For free consumer assistance, call 855-642-8572 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Help is available in more than 200 languages through the call center, as well as relay service for the deaf and hard of hearing. Trained navigators and brokers statewide offer free help enrolling by phone.

More than 54,000 Marylanders enrolled in health coverage during the special enrollment period from March 16 to July 15. With last week's announcement, Maryland will offer the longest special enrollment period in the nation related to the coronavirus emergency, the release states.

Maryland Health Connection plans cover testing, visits relating to testing and treatment of COVID-19. Consumers will not be billed for a copay, coinsurance or deductible for services to test, diagnose and treat COVID-19. Marylanders do not need to be sick to enroll in coverage.

“As Maryland continues to battle this global pandemic, we would like to make it as easy as possible for uninsured Marylanders to address their health concerns by reopening the coronavirus special enrollment period to help our Maryland families get the health coverage they need,” said Michele Eberle, executive director of Maryland Health Benefit Exchange.

The special enrollment is for private health plans only. Those who qualify for Medicaid may enroll any time of year.

Resources for Marylanders and employees during COVID-19

SBDC Webinar - Topics: EIDL and CARES (PPP) COVID 19 Loans

Monday 4/6/2020, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)

Space is Limited ~ You Must Register: https://mdsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/16175

Please RSVP with a valid email. After registering, you will receive a Zoom Meeting link to join online, or you can join via the dial-in number. This webinar will be recorded and shared, and if space fills up, additional dates will be added.

Daily SBA Conference Call – Updates (M-F) provided and you can ask questions.

3:00 p.m., Call 202-765-1264, Conf Call ID# 827-299-626

5:30 p.m., Call 202-765-1264, Conf Call ID# 310-688-488

EIDL Application Help – Daily 10:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. On the call, an SBA agent will walk you through how to fill out the EIDL form. Have all your necessary documents ready. Zoom Meeting # 6794772946

Paycheck Protection Program Loan (PPPL) FAQ - 

bit.ly/PPPL_FAQs

SBA COVID-19 Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources#section-header-0

Main Maryland Business Information Site for COVID 19 updates and resources - https://govstatus.egov.com/md-coronavirus-business