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1 Maryland Health Connection What You Need To Know About Getting Health Coverage MarylandHealthConnection.gov

2 Goals Today The importance of coverage What is Maryland Health Connection? Coverage options Qualified Health Plans Medicaid eligibility Financial assistance Premium tax credits Cost sharing In-person assistance Resources

3 The Importance of Coverage

4 Importance of health coverage Health coverage is important for you and your family Why it matters An unexpected illness or injury can happen to anyone, even to someone who is young and healthy Without health coverage, or without enough coverage, an illness or injury can drain your savings High medical bills are a leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the U.S.

5 Health insurance = better access to care People who DON T HAVE health coverage are more likely to: Skip getting medical care that they need Postpone getting care due to cost Not fill a prescription due to cost Have trouble paying medical bills Have a collection agency contact them about medical bills People who DO have health coverage are more likely to: Get preventive care that prevents illness Get earlier treatment for illness or disease Have better outcomes for health problems, because of early treatment

6 What is Maryland Health Connection?

7 What is Maryland Health Connection? The state s health insurance marketplace available to most people who live or work in Maryland through the Affordable Care Act Maryland s marketplace to compare health insurance options and enroll in a plan that best meets your needs, whether Medicaid or a private insurance plan Even if you have never been able to afford insurance before, you may qualify for financial assistance or for Medicaid Maryland Health Connection is the only place to receive: Premium tax credits from federal government Cost-sharing reductions

8 Maryland Health Connection You have choices in your health coverage Employer-based coverage will continue Open Enrollment for plans begins Nov. 15, 2014, with coverage starting Jan. 1, 2015 Medicaid enrollment is year-round and coverage may begin earlier

9 Enrollment Process One streamlined application for: Qualified Health Plans (private insurance) Medicaid Maryland s Children s Health Program (MCHP) Apply: online, by phone or in person Open enrollment begins Nov. 15

10 Simple Process After you complete the online application, Maryland Health Connection will determine your eligibility and present the results. You may qualify for: Medicaid Maryland Children s Health Program (MCHP) Financial assistance to pay for monthly insurance costs for private insurance through Maryland Health Connection

11 Coverage Options

12 What is a Qualified Health Plan? A Qualified Health Plan is an insurance plan offered by an insurance company in Maryland that: Is licensed and in good standing with the State of Maryland Covers Essential Health Benefits Agrees to charge the same premium rate for plans through Maryland Health Connection as those outside Maryland Health Connection

13 Essential Health Benefits Qualified Health Plans cover Essential Health Benefits that include at least these 10 categories Ambulatory patient services Emergency services Hospitalization Maternity and newborn care Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment Prescription drugs Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices Laboratory services Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management Pediatric services, including oral and vision care

14 More People Now Qualify for Medicaid Medicaid, also known as Medical Assistance, has expanded so more people are now eligible Apply through Maryland Health Connection (online, phone or in person) to determine eligibility Modernized method uses electronic data; reduces paper documentation Reduces time and simplifies renewal process

15 Eligibility for Medicaid Household Size You May Qualify If Your Income Is Less Than 1 $16,105 2 $21,707 3 $27,310 4 $32,913 Income limits are higher for children and pregnant women.

16 Financial Assistance

17 Financial Assistance to Make Insurance Affordable Even if you have never been able to afford insurance before, you may qualify for assistance to help reduce the cost of your monthly bill. Your eligibility for financial help will be determined immediately by Maryland Health Connection when you apply.

18 What is a Premium Tax Credit? With most tax credits, you have to wait until you file your tax returns. The health care tax credit is DIFFERENT. It is credited immediately to your insurance premium and paid by the federal government to the insurance company so you pay less each month. You can choose to receive all or part of the tax credit immediately or when you file your tax return.

19 Premium Tax Credits Eligibility based on Household income and family size for the year Income less than $46,680 for an individual or $95,400 for a family of 4 (for plans in 2015)

20 What Is a Cost-Sharing Reduction? Additional financial assistance to lower the cost of health coverage Lowers your out-of-pocket costs like copays and deductibles If you qualify for cost sharing, you can access these savings by choosing a Silver plan

21 Help When You Need It

22 Help When You Need It There are many options for FREE help enrolling: Click at MarylandHealthConnection.gov Call (TTY ) Translation services in many languages TTY for the hearing-impaired Come in: Connector entities (Navigators and Assisters) throughout the state can help you enroll Authorized insurance brokers can help you select a plan that best meets your needs There are 24 enrollment events hosted by Maryland Health Connection

23 Insurance Terms to Know Terms you will want to know in the coming months to help make the decision easier: TYPE OF COST-SHARING Premium Copayment Deductible Coinsurance Out-of-pocket maximum WHAT IT IS The monthly fee you will pay the insurance company for your insurance Fixed amount you pay for each routine health care service. Example: $25 for an office visit or $10 for a prescription refill How much you must pay for care before your plan starts to pay Percentage of each health care service that you pay and your plan pays the rest. Example: You pay 20%; the plan pays 80% Maximum amount you will pay per year, based on copays, deductibles and co-insurance

24 Resources Maryland Health Connection Maryland Insurance Administration Health Education & Advocacy Unit of the Attorney General s Office Healthcare.gov

25 Help with health insurance problems Maryland Consumer Assistance Program Office of the Attorney General Health Education & Advocacy Unit Free help to represent you: Denials of coverage when your insurance company won t pay for a medical procedure or prescription Billing disputes with doctors, hospitals, insurance companies & other providers Refunds for faulty medical equipment MDCares or MarylandCares.org

26 Health insurance resources Maryland Insurance Administration Publications about health insurance: Consumer Guide to Health Insurance Tips on Shopping for Health Insurance Your Rights When Your Health Insurer Will Not Pay For Services A Consumer Guide to Prescription Drug Plans or TTY mdinsurance.state.md.us

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