NBC Baltimore
Lisa Robinson
January 30, 2015

BALTIMORE —There’s a new, bigger push to get Marylanders signed up for health insurance.

Health care advocates, joined by state and local leaders, kicked off a new campaign Friday to encourage health insurance enrollment. The campaign includes Baltimore Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones lending his voice to the cause with a new radio ad.

“Getting involved in this campaign meant a lot to me because I got family members that need health insurance that are doing things in various states back west,” Jones said.

Since November, 190,000 Marylanders have enrolled in HealthCare Access Maryland, a nonprofit agency that connects residents to public health care coverage. Advocates said more people need to learn their options and get enrolled.

“We’re not done yet. There are still Marylanders out there who could enroll in the health care, and don’t know about it and they need to do so,” said Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Health Care For All Coalition.

Robin Rider, 62, re-enrolled Friday, saying without the health insurance, he would be in limbo. He’s too young for Medicare but needs affordable health care.

“We need something like this for myself and others. We need a helping hand. A healthy American is a healthy worker; a healthy citizen is a productive citizen,” Rider said.

Open enrollment runs through Feb. 15.

Link: Maryland Health Connection (Maryland’s official health insurance marketplace)

Last modified: February 2, 2015