Maryland Health Benefit Exchange leaders hosted the first of four regional forums in Hagerstown as a way to engage with the community and get more people enrolled in healthcare.
State and local community leaders discussed ways to strengthen Maryland Health Connection, the state’s official health insurance marketplace. Health officials say they experienced the largest enrollment increase last year in Western Maryland.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the state’s percentage of residents without health insurance is at a historic low of 6.1 percent. Health officials say to encourage more people to enroll, they have made their website more user friendly.
“To make sure the language is understandable to anyone using the system where we may know an acronym or we may know a word related health insurance. Really making sure it’s easier. Making the system more intuitive as you go through it and allow you to go back if you need to go back,” said Michele Eberle, Executive Director at Maryland Health Connection.
The open enrollment period will take place this fall.