Press Release: Jan. 16, 2015

Door to HealthCare Helps More Than 1,000 Allegany County Residents Get Affordable, Quality Health Coverage

Residents have one month left to enroll in plans through Maryland Health Connection

Columbia, MD – The Door to HealthCare, a program of Healthy Howard, Inc., and its local partner the Allegany County Health Department, have successfully helped 1,254 Allegany County residents get enrolled in affordable, quality health coverage in Qualified Health Plans and expanded Medical Assistance (Medicaid) through the state’s health insurance marketplace, Maryland Health Connection.

The 1,254 residents of Allegany County are among the nearly 25,000 that the Door to HealthCare has helped to enroll throughout the six counties of the Western Region (Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard and Washington) since Open Enrollment began Nov. 15, 2014. The Door and its local partners have provided direct assistance to approximately 20% of Western Marylanders who enrolled through in-person assistance or who contacted its call center.

Marylanders and Allegany County residents must enroll by Jan. 18 for coverage with financial assistance that starts Feb. 1. Open enrollment continues until Feb. 15, 2015.

To help all Allegany County residents seeking assistance, the Door and its partners are providing assistance at four regular locations throughout the county including the Allegany County HRDC, Allegany Health Right, Allegany Health Department and the Frostburg Library. Additionally, informational and enrollment events are scheduled throughout the county before the Feb. 15 deadline.

To enroll in health coverage, go to MarylandHealthConnection.gov or call 855-642-8572 / 855-642-8573 TTY. To find local in-person assistance, visit DoorToHealthCare.org or call 855-288-DOOR (855-288-3667).

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About the Door to HealthCare: The Door to HealthCare is a program of Healthy Howard, Inc. that provides free help in choosing affordable, quality health coverage. It is the official source for information in six Maryland counties – Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard and Washington. The Door provides practical answers about new changes in health care, personal support for making the right choice and assistance with signing up for health insurance. To learn more, visit www.doortohealthcare.org.

About Maryland Health Connection: Maryland Health Connection is the marketplace for individuals, families and small businesses to compare and enroll in health insurance, as well as determine eligibility for Medicaid and other assistance programs, federal tax credits and cost-sharing reductions. Enrollment through Maryland Health Connection is scheduled to begin in October 2013, with insurance coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014. An estimated 280,000 individuals are expected to enroll in qualified health plans (QHPs) and Medicaid during the first year. Additional information about Maryland Health Connection, the enrollment process and selecting coverage can be found at www.MarylandHealthConnection.gov and on social media channels: Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/MarylandConnect; Twitter, https://twitter.com/marylandconnect and YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/marylandconnect.

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