Signing up for health coverage through Maryland’s online health exchange last year was a terribly frustrating experience for many residents, and it looks like some 57,700 of them will be required to re-enroll this fall or risk losing their tax subsidy. There’s just no way to transfer subsidy data to the new Connecticut-inspired system, adopted after our own exchange was abandoned in April.
According to the Baltimore Business Journal, with open enrollment beginning Nov. 15, the new system is being created “on a very tight deadline,” though officials say they are on track.
Even if you are one of the 14,507 who signed up through the health exchange and didn’t qualify for a subsidy, you may want to re-enroll anyway. You may qualify for a subsidy that you didn’t last year, and plan prices may be different.
The health exchange will spend millions on outreach to encourage re-enrollment.
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