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Maryland reopens special enrollment for COVID-19 related health coverage

Maryland Health Exchange educates residents about open enrollment, Nov. 1 to Dec. 15
Posted at 12:16 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 12:16:35-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland on Friday reopened an emergency special enrollment period for COVID-19 related health coverage until December 15.

The announcement comes just days after Governor Larry Hogan and Insurance Commissioner Kathleen A. Birrane banned health insurers from canceling or refusing to renew plans for policy holders who've not yet paid their premiums or deductibles.

READ MORE: Maryland bans health insurers from dropping policy holders for non-payment

From March 16 to July 15, more than 54,000 Maryland citizens enrolled through the state's Health Benefit Exchange.

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

Maryland Health Connection plans cover COVID-19 testing, visits related to testing, and treatment of COVID-19.

Beneficiaries will not be charged a copay, coinsurance, or deductible for the testing, diagnosing, or treatment of COVID-19.

You do not need to be sick to enroll in coverage.

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