Lower Shore Call Center for Health Insurance Assistance

Snow Hill, Md. (September 25, 2013) – Worcester County Health Department has launched a public hotline, 855-445-5540, to help residents of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties apply for affordable health insurance options offered though the state health insurance exchange, Maryland Health Connection.

The local hotline is a convenient way for Lower Shore residents to get personal help with applying for health insurance options and financial assistance to make health care coverage plans affordable.
 
Residents may enroll into affordable health care plans through the state insurance marketplace, Maryland Health Connection, by visiting MarylandHealthConnection.gov, or by calling or meeting with local, trained staff of Worcester County Health Department. Open enrollment is from October 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014. The hotline will be staffed from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday.
 
Health department employees also hold regular office hours at various locations in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. To make an appointment to meet in person, please contact the hotline. For more information about our locations and community events, visit our website at http://lowershorehealth.org.
 
To self-enroll into a health insurance plan in Maryland, visit http://marylandhealthconnection.gov beginning October 1.
 
Worcester County Health Department was awarded a grant from Maryland Health Benefit Exchange to operate a health insurance assistance program for the Lower Shore region of the state, including Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.
 
  
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