This year, consumers will have just six weeks (November 1 - December 15) to purchase theirhealth insurance through Maryland Health Connection. To address that, the site is now open so that individuals can browse the options and be ready to make their final decision on November 1 with their coverage starting on January 1, 2018. In the Baltimore Sun, Leni Preston, CHF President
"… praised local exchange officials’ effort at reaching Marylanders who may want to buy plans. She said it was actions in Washington that could affect enrollment, from the shortened enrollment period to expected lack of enforcement of the so-called individual mandate that balances the coverage pool by requiring everyone get insurance or face a penalty."
Preston also said Congress must reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This program, along with Medicaid, provides health coverage to more than 500,000 children. Learn more.