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Enrollment Begins for Affordable Care Act (Video)

Beginning October 1, uninsured adults between the ages of 18 and 64 will be able to sign up for health care coverage as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) goes into effect. Signed into law in March 2010, the law requires legal residents to have health insurance coverage beginning in 2014 or pay a fine.  The new health care law offers individuals and families access to affordable health coverage.

James Mannarino of Interfaith Works joined with County Executive Isiah Leggett and other officials at an Affordable Care Kickoff in Rockville on October 1.

The Maryland Health Connection is the state’s new insurance marketplace, and beginning October 1, residents who need health coverage will have three ways to enroll:

  • Sign up online at . See the plans Maryland is offering, enroll and choose the plan that best fits your individual needs.
  • Call Maryland’s Call Center at 1.855.642.8572 (toll free) or 1.855.642.8573 (TTY) and enroll over the phone.
  • Meet in person with a health navigator to complete enrollment.  For a calendar showing where navigators will be located, go to and click on the calendar.

When getting ready to sign up, be sure to have these things ready:

  • Social security numbers (or document numbers for any legal immigrants who need insurance)
  • Birth dates
  • Employer and income information for everyone in the family (such as pay stubs or W-2 wage and tax statements)
  • Policy numbers for any current health insurance
  • Information about any job-related health insurance available to your family.

Individuals and families may qualify for help paying for health insurance overage, depending on income and family size.

For more information, call 240.773.8250.


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Laura Rowles

About Laura Rowles

Laura is the Director of Events & Marketing for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce - a member-based organization of businesses that have joined together for the purpose of promoting the civic, commercial and industrial progress in our communities. The area's economic well-being is a result of the caliber of work that is done by the Chamber. The Chamber has a major impact on business, income and future growth of the area. My position at the Chamber - Director of Events & Marketing - affords me the opportunity to plan quality events for our Members and market the Chamber is a variety of avenues. At the GGCC, we typically have around 30 events each year including: breakfasts, lunches, after-five's, ribbon cuttings and special events. The consensus is we have high quality events with good energy. In 2012, we had over 2,040 people visit our events. Most our events are free to Members so securing sponsorships for all events. Additionally, I am responsible for planning networking, overseeing the budget and marketing of all events in order to make them successful. Lastly, I coordinate all marketing and communication efforts of the GGCC including weekly email blasts, its quarterly newsletter, all social media platforms, media relations and community outreach. Laura authors the blog Your Success is Our Business on MyMCMedia.


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