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Enrolling everyone in health insurance is difficult but possible

Enrolling hundreds of thousands of Marylanders in health insurance is a difficult task. Breaking down preconceived, engrained notions that health insurance coverage is unattainable and unaffordable is even more of a challenge. Andrea McDaniels' piece on Sunday ("Many uninsured still are not enrolling health plans despite Obamacare," May 29) points out that three in five eligible uninsured still lack coverage. We believe that the steadfast commitment of Health Secretary Van Mitchell, Maryland Health Connection Executive Director Carolyn Quattrocki and their countless partners are up for the demanding work it takes to engage hard-to-enroll populations.

There are dedicated enrollment experts deployed in every corner of Maryland who spend most waking hours trying to develop creative and critical outreach plans to make sure that every Marylander that is eligible for coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act gets the piece the mind that comes with coverage.

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Maryland has done an incredible job reducing the level of uninsured to a historic low, and with perseverance we will continue to make sure that all folks eligible know about readily available subsidies and new options. We have a few hundred thousand friends and neighbors, many of whom have never explored the complicated health insurance markets, who require that we continue the incredible work of the recent past to make sure everyone has access to quality, affordable health care.

Matthew Celentano, Baltimore

The writer is deputy director of the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative.

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