Cecil Whig

201K Marylander­s get health insurance in special enrollment

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ANNAPOLIS, MD. (AP) — More than 200,000 Maryland residents have gained health insurance coverage during a coronaviru­s special enrollment period.

Maryland Health Connection announced Tuesday that a total of 201,141 people had enrolled since March 2020.

The 17-month special enrollment in response to the pandemic was one of the longest of any state in the country. It was extended several times as the emergency continued and ended Aug. 15.

Maryland Health Connection is administer­ed by the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange.

More than 1.3 million Marylander­s are currently covered through Maryland

Health Connection — about 1.2 million in Medicaid and more than 165,000 in private coverage with nearly 80% qualifying for financial help. That’s up 12% compared to before the pandemic.

The next opportunit­y for Marylander­s to enroll in private health insurance through Maryland Health Connection will begin Nov. 1 for the 2022 coverage year.

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