WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Maryland Health Insurance Enrollment Deadline Looms As Website Problems Persist

Play associated audio

Friday is the last day to enroll in health care plans offered by two medical carriers in Maryland to get coverage Jan. 1. There is a midnight deadline to purchase plans from CareFirst and United Healthcare to be covered at the start of 2014. Two other carriers, Evergreen Health Cooperative and Kaiser Foundation, have extended their deadlines until midnight Tuesday.  

But with time running out, some consumers are still struggling to enroll.

The rollout of Maryland Health Connection, the state-based health insurance marketplace, has been plagued with technical problems. Officials say the website has drawn more than 600,000 unique visitors. As of Dec. 14, fewer than 7,500 people had enrolled in qualified health plans.  

Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration says it has fixed nine major problems with the site. But, some say problems remain. Sheila Mackertich, vice president for health reform initiatives at Health Care Access Maryland, a sub-contractor that helps people navigate the website, said there has been incremental improvement. 

"Maybe in the beginning of the process trying to form an account and at the end when they want to do that kind of final submission, we're still encountering some issues in the beginning and in the end of the process," Mackertich said.

Maryland residents who enroll through the exchange on Friday will have until Jan. 15, 2014, to pay for their plans.

NPR

When Caravaggio Plays Quevedo In Tennis, The Court Becomes A Sonnet

"It's a little space, well-measured and precise, in which you have to keep the ball bouncing," says Álvaro Enrigue. His book, Sudden Death, pits the Italian painter against the Spanish poet.
WAMU 88.5

Does "Made in DC" Matter?

D.C.'s first bean-to-bar chocolate maker, Undone Chocolate, got its start in local food incubator space Union Kitchen, part of a wave of interest in locally made products which includes a push for a "Made in DC" logo.

WAMU 88.5

Does "Made in DC" Matter?

D.C.'s first bean-to-bar chocolate maker, Undone Chocolate, got its start in local food incubator space Union Kitchen, part of a wave of interest in locally made products which includes a push for a "Made in DC" logo.

NPR

Password Security Is So Bad, President Obama Weighs In

In unveiling a sweeping plan to fund and revamp cybersecurity, the president asks citizens to consider using extra layers of security besides the password.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.