Join us at LatinoFest and #asegúrate

LatinoFest posterCome by and see us this Saturday and Sunday at EBLO’s 36th annual LatinoFest in Baltimore, where we’ll have information about affordable health coverage options for Marylanders and their families.

Maryland Health Connection’s Open Enrollment for plans starts this fall, but many people can still get covered now, and enrollment in Medicaid and MCHP is year-round. Nine in 10 people who enrolled last year qualified for financial help to make coverage more affordable.

LatinoFest, held in Patterson Park, is the area’s biggest celebration of Hispanic culture, music and art. The festival features live Latin bands, traditional dance performances, and cuisine from the Americas and the Caribbean.

Look for us in the Community Resources area, where we’ll have a table set up with our partner HealthCare Access Maryland. Visit LatinoFest.org for event details.

Progress in helping Hispanic Marylanders get covered
We’ve been working to increase health coverage especially among Latinos, who have had the highest uninsured rates of any racial or ethnic group in the U.S. Efforts with our community partners have included the “Latino Health Resource Zone” enrollment event with HealthCare Access Maryland and El Zol radio in Baltimore’s Highlandtown neighborhood.

We’re making progress: The uninsured rate for Hispanics in the state decreased from 39 percent in 2010 to 15 percent in 2015, and during our last Open Enrollment, we saw a whopping 244 percent increase in enrollees who identified as Hispanic.

We also tip our cap to the many partners and consumer assistance organizations who have helped spread the word about the importance of getting covered. Thank you to CASA de Maryland, EBLO, Esperanza Center, Latin Opinion, Somos Baltimore Latino, the Sportsplex at Rockville, FIRN, the Maryland Hispanic Business Conference and many others who have worked with us to reach Marylanders.

Help us keep up this positive momentum of getting more Marylanders enrolled! Connect with us this weekend at #EBLOLatinoFest in #Baltimore and tell a friend to #asegúrate.

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For more information about enrolling in affordable health coverage or to find free, in-person enrollment help near you, visit MarylandHealthConnection.gov or MarylandHealthConnection.gov/espanol.