printed 12/14/2018


As program coordinator for the Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program (LSHIAP), I see people’s lives and quality of life improve after receiving health insurance through LSHIAP every open enrollment period.

For many people, it might be the first time they’ve ever had health insurance, or the first time they’ve had coverage for themselves and their family.

Health insurance provides peace of mind and protection in the event of medical emergencies or long-term costs. I am reaching out to make certain everyone who needs health insurance knows open enrollment for 2019 health plans is underway for Lower Shore residents.

Enrolling in a quality health plan that works within your budget is easier than you think! Last year, nine out of 10 Marylanders who enrolled through Maryland Health Connection, the state’s official marketplace, got financial help to pay for their plan. This year, health insurance rates in Maryland have dropped an average of 13 percent.

If you would like to enroll in health coverage for 2019, you must do so before the Dec. 15 deadline. Our team of certified Navigators will work one-on-one with you to assist with navigation through the enrollment process, and to ensure that you are able to select health coverage that best fits you and your family’s needs.

I encourage everyone to explore their options for health and dental insurance at MarylandHealthConnection.gov, where you can browse plans, compare coverage and costs, and enroll into coverage.

If you would like to receive in-person assistance with your Maryland Health Connection application by meeting with a Certified Navigator in Somerset, Wicomico or Worcester County, please call the Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program at 1-855-445-5540 to set-up an appointment before Dec. 15.

Mandy Baum

Program Coordinator

Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program

Worcester County Health Department

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