Maryland homeowners insurance coverage increases as state faces health crisis
Maryland has seen a surge in insured home owners as a result of the health crisis.
Maryland’s insurance commissioner said in a statement that the agency expects to see the number of insured homeowners increase by about 10 percent in the coming weeks.
According to the state’s Department of Insurance, there are more than 9,700 Maryland residents who are insured through MarylandInsuranceCoverage.org, a government-run program that provides free insurance coverage for all residents.
In 2016, Maryland had the second-highest uninsured rate in the US behind California, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The agency said the number and rate of uninsured Maryland residents has been rising since the beginning of the year.
According, Maryland has the highest uninsured rate among states that provide health insurance through the federal government’s Medicaid program.
States are allowed to expand Medicaid to people making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
A spokesperson for the Maryland Insurance Department said that in a letter to the Associated Press, it was working to “improve” the insurance coverage available to Maryland homeowners.
“The Maryland Insurance Commission has been working to improve the coverage available through the Maryland Health Insurance Exchange (MHIE) in the state of Maryland,” the spokesperson wrote.
While the Maryland Housing Assistance Agency has also seen an increase in insured Maryland residents, it is not clear if the increased insured rate is a result.
As of December 1, MarylandInsider.com said there were 4,828 Maryland residents insured through the state.
For more information, visit the Marylanders Homeowners Insurance Agency website.