Press Release: Mar. 2, 2015

Door to HealthCare Provides Critical Assistance as More Than 35,000 Western Marylanders Get Quality, Affordable Health Coverage

Open Enrollment for 2015 ends with easy enrollment for thousands of Marylanders

Columbia, MD – Healthy Howard, Inc.’s Door to HealthCare Western Maryland announced that 36,411 Western Marylanders have enrolled in quality, affordable health coverage during Maryland Health Connection’s 2015 Open Enrollment period. These Western Marylanders enrolled in both Medical Assistance (Medicaid) and private Qualified Health Plans through the state’s improved health insurance marketplace. The Door to HealthCare staff and partners provided critical assistance throughout the region to approximately 20% of those who enrolled.

The 36,411 residents of the Western Region who enrolled in quality, affordable health coverage constitute 13.8% of the percent of the 264,245 residents who enrolled through Maryland Health Connection. The 18,310 enrolled in Qualified Health Plans make up 15.4% of the residents who obtained such coverage, and the 18,101 enrolled in Medical Assistance are 12.5% of those who enrolled in Medical Assistance.

Qualified Health Plan Enrollments by County

County MA Enrollments QHP Enrollments Total Enrollments
Allegany 1,205 871 2,076
Carroll 2,568 2,740 5,308
Frederick 4,150 4,485 8,635
Garrett 781 677 1,458
Howard 6,024 7,369 13,393
Washington 3,373 2,168 5,541
Total 18,101 18,310 36,411

In partnership with 10 local organizations and agencies, the Door to HealthCare conducted extensive outreach through calls, in-person appointments at dozens of locations, hundreds of outreach events, on social media and its website, www.doortohealthcare.org.

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“The Door is proud to build on last year’s success in helping to enroll Western Marylanders through Maryland Health Connection,” said Brian Mattingly, director of Healthy Howard’s Door to HealthCare Western Maryland. “Our staff, partners, and stakeholders ensured that those who got covered through Maryland Health Connection last year were able to reenroll easily, and that those who sought to enroll for the first time were able to find a plan that was right for them.”

“The role that the Door and its partners played in helping approximately 20% of the 36,411 Western Maryland residents who enrolled demonstrates the importance of in-person assistance enrolling through Maryland Health Connection,” said Dr. Maura Rossman, Healthy Howard board chair. “Healthy Howard’s dedicated efforts to enrolling residents, and its continued commitment to working with diverse partners and local communities throughout the region, will ensure Maryland is a healthier state for future generations.”

For more information about the latest changes in health care and services available from the Door to HealthCare, Marylanders can visit www.doortohealthcare.org or call the Door to HealthCare toll-free at 855-288-DOOR (3667). The Door will continue to provide free help in the coming months for residents of Western Maryland who need assistance in enrolling, or who have questions regarding their new coverage.

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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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