March 31, 2020
On March 20, 2020, the Maryland Health Connection – Maryland’s state health insurance exchange – announced that any uninsured Marylander can enroll in Maryland Health Connection health coverage beginning March 16, 2020, through April 15, 2020. Marylanders do not need a special enrollment event to enroll; the window is open for anyone who is otherwise eligible. The announcement also confirms that all medically necessary screening and testing for COVID-19 are free of charge, and that all health plans available through the Maryland Health Connection.
For employers, the announcement does not bring new compliance obligations. However, employers should be aware of the opportunity for furloughed employees to enroll on the exchange should they be terminated from their group health plan coverage.