5 Tips to Get Ready for Open Enrollment

Calendar of Nov. 1: Get Covered for 2016Save the date! Open Enrollment for 2016 starts soon, on November 1. This is your chance to enroll in a health plan or change your current coverage.

New this year, you can also enroll in a dental-only plan or add dental coverage when you enroll in health coverage at MarylandHealthConnection.gov.

Get ready with these five tips! 

1. Window-shop now for 2016 plans and prices.
Go online now to MarylandHealthConnection.gov and click “Shop or Enroll” and then “Get Started” to enter basic information and browse available 2016 plans.

You can enroll in a 2016 plan starting November 1. Be sure to enroll by Dec. 15 for your plan to start January 1. (Open Enrollment for 2016 ends January 31.)

Learn more about what to consider when choosing a health plan, including whether your doctors are covered.

2. See what savings you may qualify for.
When you window-shop now for 2016, you can also get an estimate of financial help you may qualify for and the out-of-pocket cost for each plan. About 94 percent of people enrolled through Maryland Health Connection qualified for lower costs for health coverage, or even free coverage through Medicaid.

If you or a family member qualify for Medicaid, your health coverage could start right away. You don’t need to wait to apply.

3. Consider shopping even if you’re already enrolled through us.
Most likely your 2015 plan will automatically renew into 2016, but you may find a different plan that better meets your needs or saves you money.

You also should be sure to update your information with us and report major changes in your household or income.

4. Start gathering information you’ll need to apply.
When you apply for coverage, you’ll need to provide some information about yourself and each member of your household who is enrolling, such as birthdates and income information. Save time and get ready to apply with this checklist (PDF).

You should also learn what to include in your application’s household and income.

5. Discover your options for help enrolling or choosing the best plan.
You can get free, in-person help enrolling in a health plan from one of thousands of trained staff throughout Maryland: