Coronavirus Special Enrollment

As part of the state’s overall response to the coronavirus, and in an effort to prioritize health and safety, Maryland Health Connection opened a new special enrollment period for uninsured Marylanders to enroll in a private health plan. Here’s what you need to know:

When your coverage begins

The coronavirus emergency special enrollment period will begin immediately and ends Monday, March 15. Here are the dates coverage will begin, depending on what day you enrolled in a health plan:

  • Enroll now-Jan. 15, coverage starts Jan.1

  • Enroll Jan. 16-Feb. 15, coverage starts Feb.1

  • Enroll Feb. 16-March 15, coverage starts March.1

  How do I enroll?

To enroll, visit or download the free “Enroll MHC” mobile app. Select “Coronavirus Emergency Special Enrollment Period.”

Trained navigators and brokers can help you enroll by phone.

This enrollment period is for new enrollments of uninsured Marylanders who are eligible, not an opportunity for currently enrolled consumers to change plans. It is for private health plans only.


If you are eligible for Medicaid, you can enroll any time of year.


Latest Stories

Tooth Fairy's Helper Goes Virtual! 

January 2021

Caitlin Vega-Donohue, RDH, BS, the Eastern Shore AHEC’s Oral Health Outreach Coordinator, otherwise known as the Tooth Fairy’s Helper, has developed a fun and interactive virtual educational series for early learners. Prior to the pandemic, Caitlin provided in-person outreach to Pre-K through First grade students in elementary schools, Head Start Centers, Judy Centers, Learning Centers and library groups across Maryland’s Eastern Shore. She will now offer monthly oral health lessons on YouTube with appearances from her guest puppets. She will offer topics such as brushing and flossing basics, nutrition, a trip to the dentist and more. She also plans to offer special story times as the Tooth Fairy’s Helper. 


Tooth Fairy’s Helper kits containing brushing and flossing essentials will continue to be provided by request. Interested teachers, schools and learning centers can subscribe to “The Tooth Fairy’s Helper” channel on YouTube and share it with others to help increase oral health literacy among children and parents and take the struggle out of them caring for their precious smiles. Early education regarding the importance of oral health increases dental health and overall health and well-being for a lifetime. The Eastern Shore AHEC is proud to provide this innovative offering in these challenging times. 

Welcome, Sara Smith new Geriatric Coordinator

November 2020

The Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (ESAHEC) welcomes Sara Smith, MHA, PTA as its new Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team (GAIT) and Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research (GGEAR) Program Coordinator. Sara has a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and is a certified Physical Therapy Assistant, with 12 years of long-term care experience.  For the past five years, prior to joining ESAHEC, Sara provided oversight of care coordination as a Director of Rehabilitation Services. 


With this wealth of experience and academic background, Sara brings strong skills in developing and providing interdisciplinary geriatric training experiences for health profession students, faculty and practicing professionals. Sara is designing virtual and hybrid events in order to offer programming in safe and convenient ways in the age of COVID19. Upcoming opportunities include a half-day conference, scheduled for December 8, 2020, entitled, “Caught in the Middle: Understanding Dementia and Recognizing the Needs of the Sandwich Generation." This interdisciplinary training and others are made possible with funding from GGEAR at the University of Maryland Baltimore Graduate School.


For questions or more information, please contact Sara Smith at

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