The 2017 open enrollment period is nearing an end, with only 11 more days to go. Prince George County officials are encourage residents between the ages of 18 to 64 to enroll in health coverage to avoid a tax penalty. The enrollment period ends on January 31, 2017, leaving those uninsured with no option to apply for coverage until 2018. Medicaid enrollment is open year-round.
In 2016, 9 out of 10 residents, who enrolled in health plans through the Maryland Health Connection, received financial assistance. The incentives helped to offset some or all the costs of the monthly premiums, with an average tax credit of $425 a month per household.
“ACA is critical to thousands of families in Prince George’s County and millions of Americans who need affordable health care,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker. “With the help of ACA, we have been able to reduce the number of uninsured residents in Prince George’s by 50% over the last 3 years. We remain focused on continuing to drive the number of uninsured people down, which is why we are urging residents to get enrolled before January 31st. Our goal is to increase enrollment in ACA as well as step up our fight to maintain it for the people who really need this coverage.”
In Prince George’s County, there are currently 90,000 residents still uncovered, with 45,000 eligible to receive health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Prince Georgians can enroll in healthcare insurance coverage, before January 31, 2017. Documents needed to enroll include:
- Social security number
- Document number for legal immigrants
- Employer information
- Income information for applicant and family members (W-2 and tax statements)
- Job-related health insurance (policy numbers)
- Citizenship or immigration status
Consumer Support Center
If you hit any roadblocks, when completing the online application, residents can contact the Consumer Support Center. The center provides assistance in enrollment questions and completing the application. TTY services for the deaf and hard of hearing and assistance in over 200 languages is also available.
The online application process takes around 30 to 45 minutes to complete. Complex situations may require an extended process.
Prince George’s Health Connect
Consumer Support Center
TTY: (855) 642-8573
Monday through Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.