Many Prince Georgians have yet to take the plunge in the Affordable Care Act. Some of these individuals are not computer savvy or do not have access to the Internet. Whatever the case may be now is perfect time to get covered. Open enrollment kicked off on November 1, 2016, with a deadline scheduled for January 31, 2017. To help the uninsured shop and select a new healthcare plan, the Prince George’s County Health Connect is scheduled to host the Health Insurance Enrollment Fair.The event is scheduled to take place this weekend at the Deerfield Run Recreation Center (see below for address). A trained expert will be available to assist residents browse through the available health and dental plans on the Maryland Health Connection marketplace. All residents between the ages of 18 and 64 are required to purchase health insurance and those that do not will be penalized. There are 37 healthcare plans offered by various insurers and some participants will be eligible for discounts, cost-sharing subsidies or federal tax credits.
Director of the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services, Gloria Brown-Burnett said the plan was to reach as many of the uninsured as possible. By providing these individuals with quality assistance, they will be more apt to enroll in a quality healthcare plan through the Exchange.
Uninsured Prince Georgians will face penalties up to $700 in 2017. According to Jonathan N. Kromm, Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Acting Executive Director,
“Last year, 9 out of 10 Marylanders who enrolled on Maryland Health Connection got financial help with their plans.” The upcoming Health Insurance Enrollment Fair will provide all uninsured Prince Georgians with the tools needed to get approved for financial assistance and find the best plan to suit their needs.
Deerfield Run Recreation center
13000 Laurel-Bowie Road
Laurel, Maryland 20708
Hours: 10am to 2pm
Prince George’s County Health Connect (Call Center)
Maryland Health Connection (Call Center)