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Maryland: Extended Health Insurance Enrollment Period


Governor Hogan announces extension of special state health insurance enrollment period until May 15

ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan and Maryland Health Benefit Exchange announced today that the state health insurance market, Maryland Health Connection, will extend its current special enrollment period. Uninsured Marylanders have the option to enroll in health coverage until May 15. This deadline coincides with the special federal registration period announced by President Joe Biden for states that use Healthcare.gov, the federally administered health insurance marketplace.

“After last year’s special COVID-19 enrollment period saw record attendance, we are pleased to provide even more opportunities for Marylanders to enroll for coverage,” Gov. Hogan said . “I strongly encourage the Marylanders to consider taking advantage of this extension as we all look forward to a safer and healthier 2021.”

“Maryland Health Connection looks forward to aligning with the federal government as well as other state markets across the country to make health insurance more accessible as the pandemic continues to have devastating effects,” a said Michele Eberle, executive director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange.

The start dates of coverage are as follows:

  • Register by February 15, coverage begins February 1
  • Register February 16 – March 15, coverage begins March 1
  • Register from March 16 to April 15, coverage begins April 1
  • Register from April 16 to May 15, coverage begins May 1

People eligible for Medicaid can enroll at any time of the year. Health coverage through Maryland Health Connection covers the costs of coronavirus testing in doctor’s offices, emergency care centers, or emergency rooms.

Since the pandemic triggered a public health emergency in March 2020, Maryland Health Connection has recognized the inestimable need for health insurance by organizing a special enrollment period for coronaviruses. So far, more than 125,000 Maryland residents have signed up, most of whom have received free or low-cost coverage.


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