Anonymous Browsing Now Open for 2018 Plans

open enrollment 2018Anonymous browsing is now open for 2018 health plans at MarylandHealthConnection.gov.

Consumers should click “Get Started” and then choose “Get an Estimate” to enter basic information to review health and dental plans, and receive an estimate of their costs for 2018 coverage. Open enrollment is Nov. 1 to Dec. 15 to enroll in 2018 or change plans.

We are encouraging Marylanders who already have a 2017 plan through us to come back this year to update their information and browse available plans. Marylanders who qualify for advance premium tax credits (APTC) in some areas may find their monthly cost after APTC is actually lower than last year.

Learn more here about renewals for 2018 and the steps consumers should take.

Making great strides in health coverage recently, Maryland:

  • Cut its uninsured rate in half, down to 6.1 percent in 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Ranked fifth among all states in young adult enrollments (18-34 years old) as a percentage of overall enrollment this year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Ranked fourth nationally in coverage gains in rural areas from 2013 to 2015, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
  • Saw uncompensated care at Maryland hospitals decline by $311 million from 2013 to 2015, according to the Maryland Department of Legislative Services.

We are reminding Marylanders that hundreds of insurance brokers and certified health care navigators are located across the state to provide free enrollment assistance. Enrollment events will be held throughout Maryland, including a series of “Beat The Rush” events during the weekend of Nov. 3-5. Details are available at MarylandHealthConnection.gov/BeatTheRush.

Our press release on the start of anonymous browsing is available here, and our blog post for consumers on The Connection is available here.

About “The Classroom”

“The Classroom” is Maryland Health Connection’s blog for its consumer assistance community, including navigators, authorized brokers, certified application counselors, caseworkers and call center staff. Check here for updates on training, website releases, new tools, and other helpful information as you help get Marylanders covered through the health insurance marketplace.

We encourage you to also subscribe to “The Connection” blog on MarylandHealthConnection.gov, which provides consumer-friendly information and updates. Be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube!

For questions on this topic or to suggest additional topics for The Classroom, email mhc.trainingsupport@maryland.gov.