Don’t get caught without health insurance
I was 18 and driving to a job interview when a bad car accident knocked me unconscious and killed off a part of my kidney. It took months for me to walk again normally. I didn’t have health insurance, and the hospital bills from that day were tremendous.
Don’t get caught like I did without health insurance. The deadline for open enrollment into Maryland’s private health insurance plans is Saturday, Dec. 15. Get the health insurance plan that works best for your budget.
Last year, nine out of 10 Marylanders who enrolled through Maryland Health Connection — the state’s marketplace for private health insurance — received financial assistance to help pay for their plan. This year, health insurance rates/costs in Maryland have dropped an average of 13 percent.
Browse through options at MarylandHealthConnection.gov where you can compare plans, sign up and download a mobile app to help. There is also free, local, in-person assistance to help you navigate the enrollment process and decide which plan works best for you. See a navigator at the St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services by calling 855-339-3007.
The Dec. 15 deadline is for private health insurance plans. If you qualify for Medicaid you can sign up throughout the year. For questions about Medicaid qualifications, please contact the St. Mary’s County Health Department at 301-475-4330, or visit www. smchd.org.
Dr. Meena Brewster, Leonardtown The writer is St. Mary’s County health officer.