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October Show Highlights Applying for Healthcare, Police Body Cameras and More

The October edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” highlights the following topics:

  • Applying for Health Coverage – Find out how Baltimore County Health and Human Services can help you access health coverage for your family.
  • Body Worn Cameras – Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Police Chief Jim Johnson discuss their decision outfit officers with body worn cameras.
  • Diplomas to Degrees – BCPS Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance and CCBC President Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis share the many programs for high school students to earn college credits.

View streaming video of the Hello Baltimore County shows.

In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:

  • Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 12 p.m., 9 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 1 p.m., 8 p.m.
  • Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.
  • Sundays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.

photo of money and a stethescopeMark Millspaugh, Deputy Director
Baltimore County Department of Social Services

Many people receive health benefits through their employer. For those who don’t, enrolling in health insurance can be a real challenge. But thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Marylanders who were previously uninsured are getting coverage.

There were an estimated 800,000 uninsured Marylanders in 2013. As of 2015, 606,226 Marylanders have enrolled in quality, affordable health coverage through the state-based marketplace, including 123,673 people enrolled in a private Qualified Health Plan (QHP) and 482,553 enrolled in Medicaid.

2016 Open Enrollment

Open enrollment for 2016 coverage begins November 1, 2015 and ends January 31, 2016 for those who need to purchase a Qualified Health Plan (QHP). Medicaid enrollment remains open year-round. Those  who need to purchase a health care plan can use the Maryland Health Connection website to compare plans and select the one that best fits their needs. Information entered on the website will help determine if you are eligible for Medicaid or for subsidies to help pay toward the cost of a Qualified Health Plan. You can use the website to complete the entire process - from creating an account to determining eligibility for subsidies and selecting a provider for your health needs. Once registered in the Maryland Health Connection, you will be able to manage your own account for any future changes that may occur or updates that may be needed.

Filing Options

Baltimore County residents have three options for filing an application for health care coverage.

  1. File an application online by accessing the Maryland Health Connection website at 
  2. Contact the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE) Consolidated Service Center at 1-855-642-8572 or TTY 1-855-642-8573 for help with filing the application electronically or requesting a paper application and returning it to the MHBE.
  3. Visit a Baltimore County Department of Social Services office, Baltimore County Department of Health office or Health Care Access Maryland office and receive assistance in filing the application using the Maryland Health Connection.

Get covered! Don’t be left without health insurance in the upcoming year.

Baltimore County SealBaltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz

The rising cost of healthcare is one of the most important issues facing our county and nation.

I hope you had the opportunity to read my recent op-ed in the Baltimore Sun regarding Baltimore County’s efforts to provide healthcare and retirement benefits that are fair for its employees and sustainable for taxpayers. That same day, the Sun ran a story dealing with Anne Arundel County’s efforts to address this same issue.  I invite you to read both articles.

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