31K Marylanders get health insurance during special enrollment period

MARYLAND – The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange says that about 31,000 Marylanders have enrolled for health insurance during their special enrollment period. “We realized that we needed to respond to the state of emergency, and do something to protect all those Marylanders who lost their healthcare coverage,” said executive director Michele Eberle.

Eberle says that when the pandemic started, they knew they had to step in and help Marylanders who may have lost their healthcare with their jobs. “If there’s any question about what to do, how to do, how to get it – we just ask everyone to reach out us and we’ll get you in contact with who you need,” said Eberle.

Eberle says about 70% qualified for Medicaid, while the rest opted for private insurance. She says that now more than ever, its important for Marylanders to make sure they have the coverage they need when it comes to healthcare. “None of us ever expected a pandemic, so if that’s not reason enough to always have health insurance, now we’ve got the reason,” said Eberle.

Eberle says that the Maryland Health Benefit exchange has about 2,000 people working to help people navigate health insurance, and that help is offered in more than 200 languages. She also tells 47ABC that resources that can help people figure out how to enroll for insurance are widely available. To find some of those resources you can log on to the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange website.

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