Sign Up Deadline for Affordable Care Act Health Coverage Ends February 15; Extended Hours During Final Week

For Immediate Release: 2/9/2015 The February 15 deadline to enroll in health coverage through the Affordable Care Act is less than a week away and residents in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties are urged to sign up online at or get in-person assistance to enroll at more than 20 locations throughout the community. Many sign up locations are offering extended hours during the last week of open enrollment. Find out where to get in-person sign up help at or call 240-773-8250. More than 80,000 residents in the Capital Region (Montgomery and Prince George’s counties) have enrolled in health coverage through Maryland’s health insurance exchange, the Maryland Health Connection. That includes individuals who enrolled in qualified health plans (QHP) and Medicaid. For 2015, the penalty for not having coverage is two percent of gross household income or $325 per individual, whichever is greater. Federal law provides exemptions for certain individuals, including those below a certain income and those who are without coverage for less than three months. For more information about eligibility and documents needed for enrollment, go to or call 240-773-8250. About the Capital Region Health Connector: The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, working in partnership with the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services, provides outreach, education and enrollment services for residents of the Capital Region, which includes Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. About Maryland Health Connection: Maryland Health Connection (MHC) is the state-based health insurance marketplace for individuals and families to compare and enroll in health insurance, as well as determine eligibility for Medicaid and other assistance programs, federal tax credits and cost-sharing reductions. # # # Release ID: 15-059 Media Contact: Mary Anderson 240-777-6534]]>

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