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Health Insurance Options through Maine Marketplace

Maine Office of Child and Family Services Jan. 5, 2023 memo ~

Attention Early Care and Education Providers,

Open Enrollment ends on January 15th!

The Department of Health and Human Services has recorded a webinar to assist Early Care and Education providers in navigating available health coverage options and tools to assist with selecting a health insurance plan.

You can now visit CoverME.gov, Maine’s Health Insurance Marketplace, to shop for and select an affordable health insurance plan for 2023.

At CoverME.gov, Mainers can compare private plans, apply for financial assistance, and enroll in a 2023 health plan. Health plans offered on CoverME.gov provide quality, comprehensive insurance that covers preventative screenings and provides financial protection in case of accident or major illness.

Early care educators often face struggles with obtaining affordable health insurance. The 2023 Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period, which ends January 15th, provides an opportunity for these educators to obtain affordable health insurance coverage.

With the expanded subsidies available to individuals under the American Rescue Plan, uninsured early care educators may be able to obtain Marketplace coverage with premiums as low as a few dollars a month. Medicaid expansion in participating states, like Maine, offers another opportunity for some educators to obtain coverage. These programs provide important pathways to ensure financial stability and protect the health and wellbeing of those who educate and care for the Maine’s children.

We encourage you to explore CoverME.gov for more information and thank you for your continued dedication to Maine’s children and families.