BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Thousands of people across Maryland could lose their Medicaid if they don’t act soon. The deadline to re-enroll is around the corner.

Tracey Leong reports.

A couple hundred people came to the Medicaid Resource Zone where they were able to learn about their eligibility.

“I beg you because your life and health may very well depend on it,” said Congressman Elijah Cummings.

An urge for Marylanders to be proactive about their Medicaid coverage. By the end of June, more than 13,000 people need to re-enroll—and another 13,000 by the end of July.

“Everyone who is enrolled in Medicaid in the old insurance system needs to re-enroll in Maryland Health Connection,” said Lena Hershkovitz.

Throughout the year, that’s a total of 300,000 families. If people miss their deadline, they risk going uncovered.

“It seems that when we are most vulnerable, it’s usually when things happen that we don’t expect,” Cummings said.

Cummings stood with health care leaders to remind everyone to make their health a priority.

“We don’t want someone to show up at the emergency room and fill a prescription and find out their coverage has lapsed,” Hershkovitz said.

A risk Ella Perkins says she can’t take.

“I have health problems and need it and can’t afford it on my own,” Perkins said.

After having several medical scares, she isn’t taking any chances.

“I want to live longer and take care of myself and be there for my grandchildren and children,” she said.

If you missed this event, Healthcare Access Maryland has three other locations you can contact to determine your eligibility. If you need assistance in enrolling, click here.

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