State health insurance special enrollment period extended until August 15

Baltimore— Gov. Larry Hogan and Maryland Health Benefit Exchange announced that the state health insurance marketplace, Maryland Health Connection, has extended its current Coronavirus Special Enrollment Period. Uninsured Marylanders have the opportunity to enroll in health coverage now until August 15, 2021.

This deadline aligns with the federal special enrollment period extension announced by President Joe Biden for those 35 states that use HealthCare.gov, the federally run health insurance marketplace.

“We are pleased to announce the additional extension of this special enrollment period to Aug. 15, which is already one of the nation’s longest in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Hogan. “Our administration remains committed to ensuring Marylanders have access to the resources they need to weather the pandemic and come back stronger and healthier.”

“We recognize the urgency of getting and keeping people insured during this critical time. Maryland Health Connection will once again align with the federal administration as well as other state marketplaces across the country to make health insurance more accessible as the pandemic continues to have devastating effects,” said Michele Eberle, executive director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange.

Since the pandemic spurred a public health emergency in March 2020, Maryland Health Connection has recognized the invaluable need for health insurance by running a coronavirus special enrollment period.

Thus far, more than 144,000 Marylanders have enrolled, most of whom have received free or low-cost coverage. To learn more about coverage options,

visit: www.MarylandHealthConnection. gov.

Free help is available over the phone from more than 700 certified navigators and brokers: www.MarylandHealthConnection.gov/fi nd-help/ In addition, individuals can call 1-855-642-8572 toll-free from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.