Learn About Your Healthcare Options at the Library

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By John Jewitt, Business, Science, and Technology Department

October 1 marked the first day Marylanders could sign up for health insurance through the Maryland Health Connection, a creation of the Affordable Care Act. In each county or region of the state, an organization has been selected to serve as the principal source of information and enrollment services for residents. The Connector Entity for Baltimore City is Healthcare Access Maryland (HCAM).


Navigators and Assisters from HCAM are trained to help you to explore your potential new insurance options under the Affordable Care Act, to recommend appropriate insurance coverage, and to assist you in enrolling with an insurance provider through the new statewide marketplace.

Navigators from HCAM are available to help you in person at the Central Library, on Tuesdays from 10am to 6pm, and on Fridays from 11am to 2pm. The service is drop-in. You can call HCAM at (877) 223-5201 for more information.

To learn more about recent changes to Healthcare laws, and to make sure that you and your family can access the full benefit of the new law, listen to this discussion (MP-3 download or streaming audio) with Suzanne Schlattman, Deputy Director for Development and Outreach for the Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition. On the evening of October 1, Ms. Schlattman facilitated a lively discussion and presented critical information about recent changes in the law, as well as responding to questions from the audience and explaining some of the new provisions of the Healthcare law. She passed out this PDF fact sheet about Maryland Health Connection, and played this video:

You can find more information about healthcare reform in Maryland using our web guide Healthcare Reform in Maryland 2013, which will connect you to relevant government agencies and organizations throughout the state.

We look forward to seeing you at the Central Library on Tuesdays between 10am and 6pm or on Fridays between 11am and 2pm to connect with HCAM representatives and explore your potential new health coverage options!

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