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Thousands of uninsured Marylanders use taxes to ask about health coverage, exceeding officials’ expectations

From the Baltimore Sun

By Meredith Cohn

March 3, 2020

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More than 18,000 Maryland residents without health insurance have checked a new box on their annual tax forms to request information about coverage.

This is the first year of the program, passed last year by the Maryland General Assembly, which uses taxes to hook up the uninsured with the state’s health exchange created under the federal Affordable Care Act.

The effort aims to reach the 6% of Marylanders who still do not have insurance and may not know what’s available on the online marketplace for people who do not have workplace insurance.