Helping Families Manage Utility Bills During the Pandemic

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Maryland’s energy assistance program, known as the Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP), is designed to help low-income households’ utility bills be more affordable. A turn-off notice isn’t necessary to apply for OHEP energy assistance; it’s an income-based benefit. That’s key as utilities have been mailing hundreds of thousands of turn-off notices since October 2020 based on […]

Maryland Health Insurance Special Enrollment Period Extended

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Due to the pandemic, the deadline for enrolling in affordable health plans through Maryland Health Connection has been extended through March 15, 2021. Residents might also be eligible for significant premium subsidies. Marylanders can apply for coverage. For questions about Medicaid eligibility and application assistance, please contact Suzy Turcios-Mendez, MobileMed Outreach Engagement Specialist. at 240-781-8111 or email aturcios-mendez@mobilemedicalcare.org.

$1 Billion Emergency Stimulus and Tax Relief Package Introduced

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Governor Hogan introduced an emergency legislative package designed to provide more than $1 billion in direct stimulus and tax relief for Maryland working families, small businesses, and those who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Direct stimulus payments for low-to-moderate income Maryland residents, with benefits of up to $750 for families, and […]

Ten Montgomery County Public Libraries Offer Free Outdoor Public Wi-Fi

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Montgomery County has leveraged federal COVID-19 funding to install outdoor public Wi-Fi at 10 Public Library (MCPL) locations: Aspen Hill, Davis (N.Bethesda), Gaithersburg, Germantown, Maggie Nightingale (Poolesville), Marilyn Praisner (Burtonsville), Rockville Memorial, Twinbrook, Wheaton, and White Oak branches; and in front of the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza. This free service is available 24 hours a day in parking lots adjacent to the library buildings. […]

Treasury and IRS Begin Delivering Second Round of Economic Impact Payments to Millions of Americans

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Eligible individuals will automatically receive an Economic Impact Payment of up to $600 for individuals or $1,200 for married couples and up to $600 for each qualifying child. Generally, if you have adjusted gross income for 2019 up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns and surviving spouses, […]

More Than $154 Million Available to Help Marylanders With Energy and Utility Bills

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The state of Maryland has more than $154 million in energy assistance funds for residents to help residents cover current and past-due heating, electric, and gas utility bills. The assistance is offered through the following programs: Maryland Energy Assistance Program, Electric Universal Service Program, and Electric and Gas Retirement Assistance Programs.