June 26, 2012 Betsy Charlow,
Public Affairs Representative


July 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

July is open enrollment for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States individual health insurance policies for children. During July, 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 that do not have access to family policies to find coverage for their children. The next open enrollment period will not take place until January 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 July:

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield – 800-544-8703
Application deadline is July 31, 2012, to begin coverage Aug. 1, 2012.

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States – 800-245-3181
Application deadline is July 15, 2012, to begin coverage on Aug. 1, 2012.  If the application is received between July 16, 2012 and July 31, 2012, coverage will begin Aug. 16, 2012. 

If you have questions about how to shop for health insurance and how to compare plans, please 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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