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If you live in Maryland, compare and shop for private health insurance plans and apply for health insurance coverage through the Maryland Health Connection, not through HealthCare.gov. The marketplace is not a private insurance company or a government-run health plan.

 

After April 18, 2014:

 

  • Enrollment in qualified health plans continues for Marylanders who are eligible for a special enrollment period on the basis of having a qualifying life event such as marriage or losing your current coverage. Marylanders who think they may qualify for a special enrollment period should call Consumer Support Center toll-free 855-MHC(642)-8572 or TTY: 855-MHC(642)-8573. Trained representatives are available to answer your questions. Available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Servicios de traductor están disponibles para asistirles, llame al 1-855-642-8572 (TTY:1-855-642-8573).

 

  • Marylanders who registered for additional help through the 1-800 hotline — or who have been working with the call center, a connector entity, or insurance broker — should contact their consumer assistance workers to get help finishing enrollment.

 

  • Medicaid enrollment is year-round. If you qualify, you can enroll online any time.

 

  • Those who enrolled in qualified health plans effective May 1 must complete payment with their insurance company by May 15. If they have not received a bill, they should call the insurance company to pay.

 

HealthCare.gov (CuidadoDeSalud.gov), (both links open in new windows) the official U.S. government site, helps people understand their health insurance options and the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Visit this site to find the public and private health options available for other states.

 

 

  • Questions? Call 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (TTY: 1-855-889-4325) or chat live through Healthcare.gov

 

HealthLawHelper from Consumer Reports Español (both links open in new window)
An informational tool for individual consumers with the best information for individual consumers that Consumer Reports has about how the new health law affects you and what you need to do next.

 

Health Care Reform and Marylanders
This site gives answers about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Health Care Reform, and its impact on you

 

Health Care Reform and Insurance for Mental Health Care
The National Alliance on Mental Illness explains the Affordable Care Act (ACA) law and its impact on access to mental health and health care for people of all ages living with mental illness.

 

Maryland Health Insurance Plan (opens in new window)
Although all standard plans were scheduled to end on June 30, 2014, MHIP recently decided to extend coverage through December 31, 2014. As a result, you have a decision to make about your health insurance coverage for the remainder of 2014. Beginning January 1, 2014, no insurance carrier can turn down individuals for having a pre-existing condition and who qualify for premium tax credits and cost sharing. Through the ACA, there will be many new options for health insurance and individuals will no longer need to stay within a MHIP plan.

 

Maryland Health Education and Advocacy Unit of the Consumer Protection Division (Maryland Attorney General)
Helps consumers whose health plan has refused to cover a medical procedure or to pay for a medical service that has already been provided. Assists in resolving billing disputes with hospitals, doctors, insurance companies and other health care providers.  Helps negotiate refunds for defective or undelivered medical equipment and seeks repairs for medical equipment and other health care products. File a complaint online or click here for instructions on getting a print complaint form to mail.

 

 

Affordable Care Act

 

Health Care Reform and Marylanders
This site gives you answers about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Health Care Reform, impacts you.

 

Health Care Reform and Insurance for Mental Health Care
The National Alliance on Mental Illnesss explains the Affordable Care Act (ACA) law and its impact on acess to mental health and health care for people of all ages living with mental illness.

 

Maryland Health Connection (opens in new window) CONOZCA MÁS SOBRE MARYLAND HEALTH CONNECTION (opens in new window)
Maryland’s state-based health insurance exchange. Compare and shop for private health insurance plans and apply for health insurance coverage for you and your family

 

Health Insurance and the Affordable Care Act
Healthcare.gov addresses wide variety of topices about health insurance under health care reform provisions.

 

 

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Federal health care reform addresses many of the challenges people have in getting and keeping health
care coverage. This site includes a chart that identifies key provisions in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that offer meaningful benefits to individuals and families who live with mental illness.

 

Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight - United States Department of Health and Human Services
Oversees implemention of the provisions of the legislation that address private health insurance.

 

        

Finding Medical Services and Facilities

 

Baltimore County Department of Health
Major portal to all the health-related services provided by Baltimore County to Baltimore County residents, find locations of local health centers, answers to frequently asked health questions, health awareness and education and other health-related information.

  

Maryland Hospital Performance Evaluation Guide - Maryland Health Care Commission
Guide designed to assist consumers and their families in obtaining quality hospital based care.

 

Consumer Guide to Long Term Care- Maryland Health Care Commission
There are many care options. The section Preparing for Long Term Care outlines the possibilities.

 

Health Plan Qualitiy and Performance Reports - Maryland Health Care Commission [PDF] Opens in new window
Provides information to help evaluate HMOs and PPOs operating in Maryland. For individuals who are deciding which health plan to join, or for employers who are choosing which HMO/PPO to offer their employees.

 

Maryland Access Point (MAP) (opens in new window)
Here, you can assess, learn and search for long-term support information and services throughout Maryland. MAP also has an assessment for people who may not know their needs.  The assessment can help narrow down service needs and provide a list of local providers for these services

            

Finding a Doctor

 

Physician Referrals
From Connections: Children, Youth and Family Resources
Lists local organizations that provide online lists of or make referrals to physicians, dentists, and other medical practitioners.

 

Maryland Board of Physicians - Practitioner Profile Search (opens in new window)
Information including the educational background, training and specialities of physicians licensed in the state of Maryland. Includes information about malpractice judgments and disciplinary actions on physician. Locate a practitioner in your area.                                                                                                                            

 

Maryland Physician Search (Opens in new window)
From the Maryland Board of Physicians  

 

DoctorFinder: American Medical Association (opens in new window)
This online physician Locator     

                

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Maryland Flu Preparedness

 

Find a Flu Shot (opens in new window)
Flu shot locator from Maxim Health Systems to find additional flu shot locations by zip code.

 

Flu Shot Clinics in the County
The Baltimore County Department of Aging offers flu shots at many senior centers and at the Baby Boomer/Senior Expo. Clinics are open to anyone over the age of 4. They accept cash payments or checks made payable to Maxim Healthcare Services.

 

Flu.Maryland.gov - Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
This powerful site provides access to Maryland and Federal resources, FAQ's about swine flu prevention, up to date bulletins and statistics and much more.

        

Medical Assistance

 

Connections: Children, Youth and Family Resources
Lists local organizations and agencies that provide a wide variety of services geared to your physical well-being including dental services, free or low-cost health clinics, medical transportation and more

 

Health Insurance Programs for Children, Pregnant Women, Families and Caretaker Relatives - Baltimore County Department of Health
Provides access to affordable quality health care to uninsured/underinsured Baltimore County residents through referral services, community resources, and education programs.

 

Health Services for the Uninsured - Baltimore County Department of Health

 

Medical Financial Assistance
from Connections: Children Youth and Family Resources
Lists local organizations and agencies that can provide information and assistance with financial aid for medical issues and for prescriptions

 

Maryland Medical Assistance Program -Maryland Department of Health and  Mental Hygiene
This site provides access to health care services for many of the State’s low-income residents. Individuals may be eligible for services through the Maryland Medicaid Program, the Maryland Children’s Health Program or the Maryland Primary Adult Care Program (PAC), depending upon income and other factors

 

      

Medical Conditions and Diseases

 

Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities
Contact information for services and issues regarding accessibility, advocacy, counseling, education, employment, emergency assistance, equipment, housing, income, legal assistance, medical services,  recreation, transportation, parking, and other services for adults and children with disabilities.

 

Medical Dictionaries (opens in new window)
BCPL catalog lists several medical dictionaries

 

Prevention and Health Promotion Administration - Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 
Provides facts and data on infectious and chronic diseases, cancer, maternal and child health and environmental health. Provides information and resources for Marylanders to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, to ensure food safety, to facilitate access to services for TB, sexually transmitted infections including HIV, rabies and other transmissible diseases.

 

Maryland Poison Center
The Maryland Poison Center is certified by the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) as a regional poison center providing poisoning triage, treatment, education, and prevention services to all Marylanders. This service is staffed by pharmacists and nurses, who have specialized clinical toxicology training, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

                                                                                                                                                                                 

Maternal and Child Health - Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Family Health Administration
Information and links to Maryland resources, from the Maryland Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program

 

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Medical Journals and Online Resources

 

The links below are to other online electronic resources that contain valuable health and medical-related information:

                                   

Nursing Resource Center (opens in new window)
This resource is designed to help nursing and health students and offers comprehensive content including disease and conditions overviews; nursing assessments for anatomical systems, interventions, diagnostic tests, drug monographs, and medical animations. A library card registered with Baltimore County Public Library is needed for access.

 

MEDLINEplus (opens in new window)
Health information from the National Library of Medicine. Extensive information from the National Institute of Health and other sources on over 500 diseases and conditions. Lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and dictionaries, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.

 

Network of Care for Mental/ Behavioral Health - Baltimore County Bureau of Behaviorial Health (opens in new window)
A resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with behavioral health. It provides information about services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features. The Library area contains articles, fact sheets and reports on mental health issues produced by the leading experts and organizations in the health field.

     

Medicines and Drug Information

 

Baltimore County Prescription Discount Card
A program to provide a discount off the retail price of prescription drugs. Available to all Baltimore County residents. 

 

Maryland Pharmacy Board 
Links to FDA alerts and notices, drug-interaction information, pending health legislation, medical news and information, consumer education, and other drug-related information. Verify pharmacist licenses.

 

Maryland Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program 
A subsidy program established by the Maryland Health Insurance Plan (MHIP) through the Medicare Modernization Act and the Health Insurance Safety Net Act of 2002, to provide premium assistance to moderate-income Maryland residents for the purchase of outpatient prescription drugs and who are eligible for Medicare and are enrolled in a prescription drug plan.

 

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator (opens in new window)
An on-line resource for locating drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs.

 

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Nutrition

 

Local Food Resources
from Connections: Children, Youth and Family Resources
Links to local community organizations that can provide assistance with acquiring food. Maintained by Baltimore County Public Library.

 

Food and Nutrition Information Center
A service of the National Agricultural Library of the United States Department of Agriculture
Current and reliable nutrition information for consumers. Covers food safety, preserving foods, dietary guidelines, and more.

 

Nutrition.gov
A service of the National Agriculture Library at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
A wealth of credible government information on food and nutrition including topics like weight management, dietary supplements, food assistance programs, and more.