November Newsletter

Dear Friend,

I am pleased to share with you updates from the past month, as well as reminders of important deadlines and upcoming events. 

Elijah E. Cummings
Member of Congress


Open Enrollment for 2019 health plans is currently ongoing and will last until December 15. This is the only time during the year where individuals can purchase health insurance through Maryland Health Connection, the state’s health insurance marketplace. I implore everyone to take this opportunity to enroll in a plan and learn more about the variations in coverage. Even if you are already covered, this is the only time you are able to modify your plan. 

Maryland Health Connection will be offering events throughout the state to provide expert information regarding coverage options, making sure you select the best plan for you and that you are aware of the financial services available to you. 

Visit the Maryland Health Connection’s website or call toll-free 1-855-642-8572 for information about these events and news you need about this enrollment season. 

Please do not hesitate to contact my Baltimore office at 410-685-9199 if you should have any questions, or need any assistance.

In The District

From Left to Right: Dr. Samuel Ross of Bon Secours Health System, Mr. Andrew Ratner of Maryland Health Connection, Dr. Shelly Choo of the Baltimore City Health Department, Ms. Traci Kodeck of HealthCare Access Maryland, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, and Congressman John Sarbanes

On October 31, I hosted an event with members of the Maryland Congressional delegation and local healthcare community leaders to discuss how Marylanders could best sign up for health insurance. 

At the event, Traci Kodeck of HealthCare Access Maryland, the organization providing support to residents of Baltimore City and five other counties, shared that “health insurance is more affordable this year, and Marylanders should start looking at the best option for them and their families.”  The team at HealthCare Access Maryland is trained and ready to help all Marylanders learn about what insurance plans are available and to help you sign up for coverage before December 15th.

You can visit HealthCare Access Maryland’s website or call 1-855-288-3667 to speak with a healthcare navigator who can help you explore your options.

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings speaks at the kick-off of the National Aquarium's ‘What Lives in the Harbor’ Program

On November 1, I joined U.S. Senator Cardin, U.S. Senator Van Hollen, Congressman Sarbanes, and Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh at the National Aquarium to kick-off their new educational ‘What Lives in the Harbor’ Program. ‘What Lives in the Harbor’ is a free educational program that has been made available to every Baltimore City Public Schools middle school student offering hands-on learning opportunities that support their in-class curriculum. The program was made possible by a federal grant of over $400,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 


Congressman Elijah E. Cummings with attendees of the Facebook Community Boost training program who learned about the skills needed to grow their business and develop their skills

I spoke at Facebook Community Boost’s training in Baltimore on November 12. The program, which was launched in 2017, is designed to help small businesses grow and to equip people with the skills needed to compete in today’s economy. Facebook Community Boost has pledged to train 1 million people and small business owners across the nation by 2020.  

Upcoming Events 

I will host my 22nd Annual How to Pay for College Seminar on Monday, December 3, from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Maryland Institute College of Art Brown Center located at 1301 West Mount Royal Avenue in Baltimore, Maryland.

The purpose of the seminar is to inform constituents about educational opportunities and financial assistance programs to enable them to attain a college education. Representatives from community and state colleges, public and private universities, and scholarship organizations will be present to inform students and their parents about post-secondary programs and financial aid options. Visit my website, or call 410.685.9199, to find out more information or to RSVP to the seminar. 

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