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UnitedHealthcare looking to join Maryland's individual health plan market

Maryland Health Exchange educates residents about open enrollment, Nov. 1 to Dec. 15
Posted at 3:10 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 15:12:31-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — UnitedHealthcare on Tuesday filed to offer individual health plans through Maryland Health Connection in 2021.

“We are very pleased United has chosen to enter Maryland’s individual market,” said Governor Hogan. “During this public health crisis, it's more important than ever for Marylanders to have access to a robust marketplace with different options to suit their needs.”

Currently CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and Kaiser Permanente offer individual health plans through the Maryland marketplace.

“UnitedHealthcare intends to offer individual plans in 2021 that provide strong coverage options for those shopping on Maryland Health Connection,” said Krista Nelson, senior vice president, UnitedHealthcare. “We look forward to working with the State of Maryland to help individuals get access to health care coverage that meets their care needs.”

Nearly 159,000 people enrolled in private plans through the Maryland Health Connection during the initial 2020 open enrollment period. Almost 29,000 more have enrolled during a special coronavirus open enrollment period, running through June 15.

Established in 2011 as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Maryland's Health Benefit Exchange is an online marketplace where Maryland residents can compare and enroll in health insurance as well as determine eligibility for Medicaid or financial help with private plans.