This morning, I had the honor of joining President Obama at Prince George’s Community College to discuss how the Affordable Care Act will ensure all Americans have access to affordable, quality health care coverage.
Beginning next week, Americans will be able to shop for coverage through online Marketplaces, where they can compare and select from private health insurance plans. In Maryland, our online Marketplace is called the Maryland Health Connection. In my remarks, I discussed how the Maryland Health Connection will offer Maryland individuals and families real choices:
“Starting this Tuesday, October 1st, you can visit www.marylandhealthconnection.com to compare over seventy plans from nine providers. Approximately 75% of Marylanders will qualify for $7.5 billion in tax credits to help purchase insurance through our state’s exchange. And on January 1st, small businesses can sign up for the small business health options program to purchase affordable, quality coverage for their workers.”
“Regardless of whether you are covered through the exchange or through an employer plan, insurance companies will no longer be able to discriminate against you if you have a pre-existing condition or impose lifetime limits on your coverage.”
“Thanks to health care reform, 280,000 Marylanders who are now without insurance will be able to get covered next year. That’s why we worked so hard, together, to make health care reform a reality."
“While the opening of the exchanges is an important milepost on the journey to provide greater access to affordable coverage, our work is far from over. We have much to do in order to ensure that the affordable care act works as intended – that it increases access to quality, affordable coverage, and puts families – not insurance companies – in charge of health care decisions.”
If you live in Maryland and are looking for health coverage, I encourage you to visit www.marylandhealthconnection.com to learn more about your health coverage options. Open enrollment begins on October 1st and continues through the end of March. If you need assistance, please call the toll-free hotline, 1-855-642-8572. There is also in-person assistance available throughout the Fifth District and you can find those locations on the Maryland Health connection website or by calling the toll-free number.
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