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Nov. 28, 2012 Betsy Charlow,
Public Affairs Representative


January Is Open Enrollment for Child-Only Health Insurance Policies in Maryland
Policies Available for Children 18 and Under With No Exclusions for Pre-existing Conditions

January is open enrollment for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States individual health insurance policies for children. During January, these two companies will offer policies for children age 18 and under with no exclusions for pre-existing conditions. This is an opportunity for those families who do not have access to family policies to obtain coverage for their children. The next open enrollment period will not take place until July 2013.

Information regarding this Open Enrollment period and how to apply for child-only policies will appear on these companies’ websites during the month of January:

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield – 800-544-8703 or Applications must be received by Jan. 31, 2013, to begin coverage Feb. 1, 2013.

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States – 800-245-3181 or
Application deadline is Jan. 15, 2013, to begin coverage on Feb. 1, 2013.  If the application is received between Jan. 16, 2013, and Jan. 31, 2013, coverage will begin Feb. 16, 2013. 

If you have questions about how to shop for health insurance and how to compare plans, refer to A Consumer Guide to Health Insurance or contact the Maryland Insurance Administration at 410-468-2000 or 800-492-6116 to request a copy.

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