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  1. 2019 Public Charge Rule is Rescinded by Biden Administration

    On March 9, 2021, the Department of Homeland announced the federal government will no longer defend the 2019 public charge rule. This means that consumers applying for free or low-cost… Read More

  2. Help consumers get ready for tax filing

    It’s tax time for 2020! The IRS began processing tax returns on Feb. 12, 2021, and many consumers are already working on their tax returns. Consumers who receive coverage through… Read More

  3. New law recognizes non-binary gender identification

    Effective Oct. 1, 2019, legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly allows a person to select M (male), F (female), or X (unspecified or other) for their Maryland drivers license… Read More

  4. The Maryland Primary Care Program

    What is the Maryland Primary Care Program? The Maryland Primary Care Program (MDPCP) is a voluntary program open to all Maryland primary care practices with primary care clinicians. The program… Read More

  5. Medicare and marketplace programs

    Consumers are sometimes confused about their eligibility for Medicare, Medicaid, and marketplace programs. Medicare is available to individuals 65 years old, or those who are receiving Social Security disability benefits… Read More

  6. Employer Sponsored Insurance

    The federal government provides the funds used to help consumers pay for their qualified health plans. Due to this, it does not allow people who can get affordable minimum essential… Read More

  7. Dual coverage during Coronavirus pandemic

    The Medicaid extensions during the pandemic  holds individuals in Medicaid even if they’ve lost eligibility or their original certification period has expired. In some cases, this has created an overlap… Read More

  8. Income eligibility for households with fluctuating income

    With so many households losing income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a good time to revisit the income eligibility rules for households with fluctuating income. In most cases, income… Read More

  9. Tips on entering unemployment or stimulus income

    Whether a consumer is applying for the first time or already is covered through Maryland Health Connection, they may have new types of income to enter, including: Unemployment Income Federal… Read More

  10. Evaluating special enrollment periods and change effective dates

    Greetings from Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE) and many thanks to everyone who has been working hard to keep Marylanders covered, while adapting to rapidly changing circumstances in both your… Read More