Insurance carriers participating in Maryland's health care exchange have extended the deadline for individuals and families to enroll in order to be covered Jan. 1, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Tuesday.
State residents who enroll in a qualified health plan through Maryland Health Connection by Dec. 27 can have coverage that begins Jan. 1. The previous deadline was Dec. 23. Consumers would have until Jan. 15 to pay for their coverage.
On Monday, Carefirst announced it would extend the deadline to Dec. 27, and other insurance carriers also have agreed to the later deadline, including Kaiser Permanente, United Healthcare and Evergreen Health Co-op.