Baltimore, MD — Changes to the way Marylanders must enroll in Medicaid mean that more than 13,200 people in Baltimore City alone need to re-enroll in Medicaid by June 30 or risk a gap in their coverage. Another 13,000 must re-enroll by the end of July, and the numbers of people whose Medicaid may end if they do not re-enroll by their deadlines will only increase Baltimore and around the state in the months that follow.
“Consumers who enrolled in Medicaid through the state’s former online marketplace are not automatically re-enrolled in the new system,” explained Lena Hershkovitz, HealthCare Access Maryland’s VP of Health Insurance Programs. “Those consumers must re-enroll through the revamped Maryland Health Connection to keep their health coverage active,” Hershkovitz said.
Others who need to enroll through Maryland Health Connection include those who had previously enrolled under SAIL (Service Access and Information Link), the DHR’s web-based screening and application tool for Marylanders seeking Temporary Cash Assistance, energy assistance, and other services.
Consumers newly eligible for Medicaid must also enroll using the new system, which will add to the number of people throughout the state enrolling in Medicaid in the coming months.
HCAM President and CEO Kathleen Westcoat said, “There is an exceptionally high volume of Medicaid eligibility redeterminations at this time, and HCAM is working to ensure that all Baltimoreans keep their coverage.”
Baltimore City residents with Medicaid who don’t know when they should re-enroll may call HCAM: 877-223-5201.