By Dominique Maria Bonessi

May 15, 2019


Maryland has become the first state to let residents sign up for the state’s health insurance program when they file their taxes.

On Monday, Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill that allows Marylanders to opt into health insurance by checking a box on their tax forms starting in 2020. It’s estimated there are about 360,000 Marylanders who are uninsured, and about half may qualify for Medicaid or subsidized insurance.

“When you file your taxes you’ll be asked, ‘Are you insured now?’” says Vinny DeMarco with Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, a healthcare advocacy organization. “And if the answer is ‘no’ and you’re eligible for Medicaid, you’ll be automatically enrolled unless you object.”

Last modified: May 15, 2019