Get Health Care Coverage



Maryland Health Connection is Maryland’s official health insurance marketplace. It offers Marylanders a range of health coverage options from health insurance carriers and public health care programs.

Open Enrollment is when Marylanders can enroll in or make changes to their health insurance plans through the Maryland Health Connection.  The Open Enrollment period for 2018 insurance plans is November 1 – December 15, 2017 
Please note that if you experience a qualifying life event, you may be eligible to enroll in a plan outside of the Open Enrollment period.  Examples of eligible events include marriage or divorce; birth or adoption of a child; or loss of certain kinds of insurance. MEDICAID enrollment is available year-round.
You may apply or renew online for both private health plans and MEDICAID at the Maryland Health Connection web site – or with local health insurance Navigators in Carroll County.


Health insurance information is available from several sources:  

  • For LOCAL in-person assistance in Carroll County with state-certified staff, call Healthcare Access Maryland at 410-500-4710.  Help from trained staff is offered at the two locations below to shop, compare and determine eligibility for a plan that best meets your needs.
    • Access Carroll, Inc
    • Carroll County Department of Social Services

Please call 410-500-4710 for available dates and times; an appointment may be required.

In addition, a list of licensed health insurance brokers in Carroll County is available through the Maryland Health Connection.



The Maryland Health Connection is Maryland’s Health Benefit Exchange. The health plans on the Health Benefit Exchange are known as Qualified Health Plans, or QHP’s.   Financial aid toward monthly premium costs and out-of-pocket health expenses (such as deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance) is available to those who qualify. The amount of assistance is based on family size and household income.

MEDICAID (Medical Assistance)

Medicaid enrollment is open all year long. It assists low-income families.  You can check eligibility guidelines or enroll in Medicaid at:

  • the Carroll County Department of Social Services,
  • the Carroll County Health Department,
  • Access Carroll
  • online at Maryland Health
  • at a Navigator location – find by calling 410-500-4710.




Healthcare Access Maryland – the connector entity for Carroll: USE THIS LINK or CALL 410-500-4710 TO SCHEDULE APPOINTMENTS LOCALLY IN CARROLL COUNTY

Maryland Health – Maryland’s health insurance marketplace (all counties): USE THIS LINK to ENROLL IN INSURANCE and to see if you qualify for financial assistance

Glossary of Health Coverage and Medical Terms  (PDF)

Maryland Insurance Administration

Health Education & Advocacy – Office of the Maryland Attorney General – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – FEDERAL GUIDELINES ONLY.  Refer to the Maryland Health Connection web site for specific information about Maryland’s Health Exchange.

Protect Yourself From Fraud (PDF)


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