25,000 enrolled in private health care plans so far for 2016

Nearly 25,000 people have enrolled in private qualified health plans (QHP) through Maryland Health Connection for 2016.

As of Nov. 23, 19,675 Marylanders had enrolled in private coverage with some or most of their premium costs next year to be offset by advance tax credits. Another 5,310 enrolled in qualified health plans without tax credits. Nearly 72 percent, or 17,960, were enrolled in SIlver plans.

In addition, 1,708 people have enrolled in stand-alone dental plans and 5,235 more have enrolled in dental along with health coverage for a total of 6,943 with dental coverage next year.

Also, 87,941 were enrolled in Medicaid since Nov. 1 through Maryland Health Connection.

Open enrollment for 2016 coverage began on Nov. 1. Dec. 15 is the deadline to enroll for coverage to begin Jan. 1. And open enrollment concludes on Jan. 31 for coverage beginning March 1. Maryland Health Connection has received more than 150,000 phone calls and more than 190,000 website visitors since Nov. 1.