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Medicaid and Open Enrollment

Medicaid open enrollment ends on January 15, 2024. It is important to make sure your information is current and accurate to avoid losing your coverage.

Did you know Medicaid renewal is not automatic this year?

Open enrollment begins on November 1, 2023, and ends on January 15, 2024. You will receive a notice from Maryland Health Connection in the mail, or in your account if you chose paperless when it’s time to renew. It is important to make sure your information is current and accurate. Everyone will not be up for renewal at the same time. You will have 45 days to respond once you get your notification. Read your notice carefully; it will tell you to complete your renewal or let you know if you are no longer eligible for Medicaid coverage. If your Medicaid ends, you will have 120 days to reapply. If you are still eligible, you will need to submit documentation.

Ways to renew Medicaid

  • Call or visit your local Department of Social Services or your local Health Department.
  • Go online at Home – Maryland Health Connection to renew (you will need an account to fill out your form online)
  • Call Maryland Health Connection at 855-642-8572. Help is available in more than 200 languages. Deaf and hard of hearing can use Relay service.

If you are enrolled in a Home and Community-Based Services Program, aged, blind, or disabled you may not get your coverage through Maryland Health Connection if you applied for Medicaid through myMDTHINK.  You still need to renew your coverage when you receive your Medicaid renewal notice. You will get a notice from the Department of Human Services about your coverage. This notice will tell you to complete your renewal. If you don’t get Medicaid coverage through Maryland Health Connection, visit or call 1-800-332-6347.

Maryland has nine Managed Care Organizations (MCO’s)

  • Aetna Better Health
  • Jai Medical Systems
  • Maryland Physicians Care
  • Med Star Family Choice
  • Priority Partners
  • United Healthcare
  • Wellpoint Maryland

Once you have renewed your Medicaid, you can choose to stay with your MCO or change to another.

Steps to enroll in private pay coverage

  • Shop and Compare plans
  • Apply
  • Check for available help
    • You can connect to a broker online or find a local navigator near you
    • It’s important to ask any questions you may have before you pick your plan
  • Select your plan
  • Pay your bill

Maryland has four private pay insurers you can choose from.

  • Aetna Health
  • Care Frist
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • United Healthcare

After that you are all set!! You have insurance for next year!