Grant received for regional health insurance assistance prog.

(May 17, 2013) Worcester County Health Department has been selected by the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange to implement a regional consumer assistance program to help educate, determine eligibility and enroll uninsured residents into private health plans or Medicaid.

“We are honored to be selected as the connector program for the Lower Eastern Shore,” said Worcester County Health Officer Deborah Goeller. “We look forward to working with our state and local partners to help people select plans offered through Maryland Health Connection.”

The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange is the public corporation and unit of Maryland state government responsible for the implementation of the state-based insurance exchange through the Affordable Care Act.

The anticipated $1.2 million grant will fund the new program which includes staff who will provide face-to-face assistance with navigating Maryland Health Connection, the state-based health insurance marketplace, in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. The Lower Shore program operated by the Worcester County Health Department will employ 17 new positions to provide outreach, education, eligibility determination and enrollment services particularly to hard-to-reach populations.

Education and outreach about Maryland Health Connection will begin this summer. Open enrollment for the health benefit plans will take place from October 2013 to March 2014.

Having health insurance can help protect from unexpected costs, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Web site

Project staff will be highly accessible and able to answer questions, inform, and enroll residents of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

For more information about Maryland Health Connection, visit

For more information about the Lower Shore connector program, call 410-632-1100.


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